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Paul Allen
Gallup Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Founded Serial Entrepreneur. Strengths Evangelist.
Gallup Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Founded Serial Entrepreneur. Strengths Evangelist.


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A lot of people (including my own kids) wonder why I went to work for Gallup and what I do there. Here is my best attempt so far to explain.

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As I attempt to be an independent thinker, not affiliated with any political party, and not unduly influenced by partisan leaders or media, I find it fascinating to watch commentary about the FCC "net neutrality" decision from both sides of the political spectrum.

Some say the decision will be fatal to the open and free internet, because government regulation is bad; others say it is the only way to keep an open and free internet. One side is celebrating an historic decision; the other side will continue the fight in the courts or with legislation.

At times like this, I like to turn to the Congressional Research Service for their objective, factual, historical survey of the topic. By carefully reading their papers, and then by diving in deeper to the sources they cite, I feel like I have a better chance to understand the topic and reach my own conclusion without relying on my "tribal leaders" to tell me what to think.

Does anyone else out there value the CRS reports -- at least the ones that are accessible to the public?

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Get details here:

Selling a great social domain that I've had for years. I've got my hands full of intrapreneuring opportunities at Gallup in Washington, DC and won't be needing a domain like this for a while.

I bought it back in the day when FamilyLink (a Facebook app development company) was experimenting with social sites and apps with several dozen super talented people. Many have since gone on to do incredible things.

Our team included many budding entrepreneurs such as +Jason McGowan (i.TV), Alan Carroll (Hangtime), +Austin M. Craig  (lifeonbitcoin), +Jeffrey Harmon (OraBrush, VidAngel), +Kevin Kirkland (GroSocial), Cliff Shaw (Mocavo), +Jon Bradshaw (TinyTorch) as well as veteran rock stars such as +Cydni Tetro (NextPage, Disney), +Brad Pace (Partner Fusion), +Nathan Gwilliam (, and +Corey Olsen (Ryati) . 

Now that I've name-dropped, and notified all these great friends of this Google+ post, all of you who remember our time at FamilyLink together, would you please share this auction link with the domaineers and social entrepreneurs in your life that you care about most?


I'll be in Orlando for SHRM 2014 tomorrow to discuss Gallup's new StrengthsFinder API with key partners.


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In case you missed the news about the unfortunate DDoS attack on last week. Some customers responded in good humor. My favorite: 


Great Peter Drucker quote:

To succeed, innovators must build on their strengths.  Successful innovators look at opportunities over a wide range.  But then they ask, Which of these opportunities fits me, fits this company, puts to work what we (or I) are good at and have shown capacity for in performance?  In this respect, of course, innovation is no different from other work.  But it may be more important in innovation to build on one’s strengths because of the risks of innovation and the resulting premium on knowledge and performance capacity.  And in innovation, as in any other venture, there must also be a temperamental “fit.”  Businesses do not do well in something they do not really respect.  No pharmaceutical company – run as it has to be by scientifically minded people who see themselves as “serious” – has done well in anything so “frivolous” as “lipsticks or perfumes.  Innovators similarly need to be temperamentally attuned to the innovative opportunity.  It must be important to them and make sense to them.  Otherwise they will not be willing to put in the persistent, hard, frustrating work that successful innovation always requires.

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In late March I saw a report that claimed that adult Americans ate 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day--besides the natural sugars that exist in fruits and other foods.

I decided to try an experiment--to cut out all foods from my diet (as much as possible) that contained added sugar.

9 weeks later I've lost 14 pounds.

 I just did the math--if I have cut out 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day, with each teaspoon being 4.2 grams, that means I've cut out 92.4 grams of sugar per day, or 646.8 grams per week, for a total of 5821 grams. There are 28.35 grams per ounce, so I've cut out 205.33 ounces of added sugar. That's 12.8 pounds of added sugar that I haven't ingested in the past 2 months.

So...I cut out 12.8 pounds of sugar, have tried to walk 10,000 steps a day (using a fitbit) and lost 14 pounds.

My friend Marty Fahncke cut out added sugar and dropped 15 pounds in 3 weeks.

This woman cut out added sugar for 2 years and lost 132 pound:

I haven't seen it, but I understand a documentary narrated by Katie Couric just came out called FedUp--it's about added sugar in our diets.

The UN Food Chief now says obesity is a greater health threat than tobacco:

It would be cool to see #FedUp and other efforts spark a real consumer/citizen movement to kick added sugar from our diets--not necessarily by Bloomberg style fiat--and watch and measure the impact on obesity and overall health.

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Has anyone read Matt Taibbi's latest book? 

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Much Easier Than The Biggest Loser

This woman lost 132 pounds in 2 years by cutting out foods with added sugar and by walking more.

I started the same thing about a month ago, and am already 10 pounds lighter. It's simple. And family members are starting to join me too.

I'm offering to any of my adult kids that I will buy them a Fitbit if they promise to walk 10,000 steps a day and cut out all foods with added sugar for a month--just to see how easy and impactful this really is.

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If you haven't read StrengthsFinder 2.0, check it out. There's a reason why a 2007 book was #1 on Amazon in 2013 and is #1 on Amazon so far this year. It's not a book--it's a movement.
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