Sam enjoyed the sense of the play (and the quick read):
Red Rubber Ball at Work is a sweet little read that evokes memories
of childhood and makes the reader crave a workplace that she enjoyed as
much as the people profiled in the book. It’s a quick, snippety read
which is heavily anecdotal but one which allows the reader to feel as
though they are reading a particularly astute advice column.
And Kate was inspired by the stories of innovation and by the design of the book itself:
Building on the success of his Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, Carroll's The Red Rubber Ball at Work is a collection of biographic vignettes. Subjects include people like Seth Godin, Irene Au of Google, Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes, Majora Carter (oh, talk about inspiration – watch Majora at TED in 2006. Amazing!!) and Vicki Phillips of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Each vignette describes both a childhood moment at play that
crystallized a key idea or philosophy and then the subject's current
vocation and how they bring this playful attitude to the work