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Ten Games 8. Discrediting Game

Discrediting Game “He would sometimes use humor to put him down. He’d make comments like ‘Well let’s stay strategic here,’ and that implies that his comment was something less than strategic. We’d laugh, but you know, they were direct put downs.” “They would ridicule the sincerity of the fans of the new consultants. They would

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Ten Games People Play to Control Truth (7)

Invisible Walls Game “He would use the bureaucracy. He would tie things up in bureaucracy. He knew how to make moves and grab what he wanted and then tie it up so you couldn’t get it back.  He would use the system…He would mislead people into thinking that he was being cooperative while he was

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Annette Simmons

Ten Games People Play to Control Truth (4 of 10)

Camouflage Game (Wild Goose Chase) The new forms of this game have the potential to twist truth in ways that kill ideas that matter far more than just killing the research project described in the quote below: “Hal was there only as a sophisticated untracker in groups.  Untrackers get you going down the primrose path…you feel comfortable

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Ten Games People Play to Control Truth (3 of 10)

3. The Filibuster Game “… we were just wasting our time. No one wanted to be the one to tell him he was full of crap so they just sat and listened to him ramble on. After all, no one could disagree with the fact that we needed to act more like a team.  But

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Ten Games People Play to Control Truth (2)

The Intimidation Game (2nd of ten): The transcribed stories from the original research still describe how intimidation games scare people away from a game player’s protected “territory:” All of a sudden he flared into a defensive kind of maneuver. He lapsed into another language…It was uncharacteristic of this guy. He turned crimson.  He was saying, ‘I made the decision.

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Who Controls the Truth?

I think there are two kinds of truth, little “t” truth and Big “T” Truth.  If anyone walks up to you wagging their finger and says, “You want the truth…I’ll tell you the truth!” … …they are about to share their opinion with you.  Big T Truths are timeless and transcend the small snapshots of little

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