2017 has been a bit, as the kids like to say, “cray cray!” Yes, it’s been a good year to remind yourself to live each and every day as though it was our last, because sooner or later, you’ll be right!
So as the year winds down take time some time this …
I recently read the fascinating (if not disturbing) book, The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson. There’s a chapter in the book that talks about the presence of psychopaths in corporations, speculating that psychopaths show up at a higher than expected rate in leadership positions. Other books, including Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work, as well as countless articles …
So everyone on your team agrees that work would be a heck of a lot better if there was just a little bit more fun every day. And you know the stats. Adding more humor and fun to your office leads to: lower absenteeism rates, lower employee turnover rates, less employee burnout, less stress, less conflict, more innovation, better communication…the …
I admit it. I’m not always the best role model when it comes to following up with clients the way I should. In fact, I’ve thought about starting up a support group, so I could stand up and bare my soul: “I’m Mike. And I’m a lousy follower-upper.” Yet I know how critical it is – there are studies galore …
Guest post by customer service expert, author, and Hall of Fame speaker By Jeff Mowatt
I think my former neighbor, Judge Peter Leveque had the right attitude about humor at work. Though he passed a few years ago, he once told me that as family court judge, at Easter time every year he would don a bunny outfit and hop into …
Okay, to be clear – I’m not slamming employee engagement surveys. If done right, employee engagement surveys can provide invaluable insights, serve as a scorecard to see whether you’re trending in the right direction or not, and offer employees one more opportunity to feel like they have a voice in the future of your organization.
Yet, I frequently hear from clients …
I always love stumbling upon under-the-radar companies that are doing awesomely cool things, like these nerds. (And as a self-identifying nerd, I use this term in a very affectionate way.)
The software development company The Nerdery was recently listed by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. One of the keys to their success …
Guest blog by Tina Varughese
On a recent trip to Mazatlan, Mickey, our gregarious activities coordinator, was leading a game of “Name that Movie Tune”. The game seemed to be geared for Mexicans and Canadians as Mickey expertly switched songs between famous Mexican movies and North American hits such as, “Scooby Doo”, “Ghostbusters”, “Casper” (try singing that theme song…I dare you…not …
Guest post by Merge Gupta Sunderji.
People often think that you need big budgets to motivate employees. Not true. There are scads of zero-cost or inexpensive ways to motivate employees, and here’s one – tell people why! This may sound really obvious, but it often gets missed. I repeatedly see managers and supervisors issuing edicts to staff without telling them “why”, …
I’m reading Pierre Burton’s The Arctic Grail, recounting the numerous historic attempts by 19th Century explorers to discover a northwest passage through Arctic waters north of Canada. During these explorations ships routinely had to overwinter in the sea ice in brutal conditions, and while the crews faced numerous threats, from scurvy to starvation to hypothermia, one threat they encountered may …
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International business speaker, motivational speaker, trainer, author, and international man of mystery Michael Kerr shares a simple structure to help your team reflect on the year that was, plus a great December fun at work tip, a hilarious but oh-so-true quote of the week, and some really, really stupid business e-mails.
Michael Kerr, international business speaker and author of The Humor Advantage and Inspiring Workplaces, offers up some random thoughts and ideas on building a better workplace, as well as a simple meeting icebreaker question, a great quote from John Cleese, and some accidentally funny signs from around the world.
International business speaker Michael Kerr talks about why distractions at work can be a good thing. Plus there’s a great December fun at work idea, a fabulous quote from humorist Erma Bombeck, and a preview of some of the fun, wacky December theme days headed your way.
International business speaker, trainer, and author Michael Kerr shares five traits of inspiring team leaders, a fun get-to-know-you-better meeting icebreaker, a great quote of the week on why workplace culture matters, and he shares the story of the World Laughter Master.
International Man of Mystery, Hall of Fame speaker, and author Michael Kerr offers some up great ideas on customer service and workplace culture, talks about the link between humor and intelligence, and suggests an awesome workplace theme idea. Plus a hilarious quote of the week and some wacky questions received by travel agents.
Mike looks at how social proof and the wisdom of groups can help you be more effective and persuasive with your workplace communication, a pun tip to celebrate Abet and Aid Punsters Day, a punishing quote of the week, and some punny business names from around the world.
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