In every survey my company has conducted, every survey I’ve done in leadership or innovation workshops, and most creativity surveys I’ve read, here are the top-5 places people say they come up with their light bulb moments, the top-5 places (in no particular order) everyone says inspiration strikes:
In the shower
While doing some sort of exercise
In bed …
The next time you fly, eat out at a restaurant, or visit any business for that matter, take a few moments to watch the range of attitudes you see among the front line customer service staff. It can really be quite striking.
Recently, for example, while flying to a speaking engagement I was struck by how completely different the flight attendants’ …
Walking through the office hallway can make a boss feel a bit like the nerdy kid in the locker room. Just like jocks end cool conversations whenever there’s a nerd in sight, employees are constantly closing browser tabs and slamming laptops shut when their boss walks by. Whether they’re playing games, chatting on Facebook, or admiring cat memes, these workers …
The Ig Nobel awards were handed out recently at a ceremony at Harvard University. The annual awards are given out to recognize the quirkier, sillier side of scientific research – research projects that make you laugh, then make you think (which is not a bad goal for any attempt at effective communication by the way). This year’s winners included a …
One of the questions I pose in my e-book, Inspiring Questions for Inspiring Workplaces, is: If your workplace was represented by a movie, what movie would it be and why? Asking questions like this sometimes helps reveal some uncomfortable truths that people are sometimes otherwise reluctant to share.
And speaking of movies…a lot of workplaces have business book clubs or …
Guest Blog courtesy Sarah McVanel, Chief Recognition Officer, Greatness Magnified, www.greatnessmagnified.com
Many people believe recognition is the leader’s job. Well, no wondering it’s not sustainable and most organizations’ recognition scores are through the floor! We’ve worked in industries (e.g., healthcare) where it’s not uncommon for a leader to have 100+ direct reports. Now, does this sound sustainable to you? Even …
An interesting info graphic highlighting some of the top employee incentives and perks…what perks would help you stay inspired in your workplace? What incentives would help you remain loyal to your company?
You know the old saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” isn’t always true. Sometimes what happens in Vegas follows you back to the office! A European study found that 23% of vacationers noticed no difference in how rested they felt when they returned from their time away! None! An astounding 17% actually reported feeling worse after their vacation!
Research shows that when people in a conflict situation laugh and find the humor in a situation, they are likely to shift from convergent thinking (believing there is only one possible solution) to divergent thinking (seeing other possibilities and ideas that might solve the conflict). Here are a few tips on how to use humor in a conflict situation to …
Single-focus meetings can be an effective way to dive deeper into an issue. When you have one central purpose, theme or goal tied to a meeting, chances are you’ll have a more effective meeting and achieve better results. Too often teams try to cram too many issues into their meetings, yet different topics often require different forums and different types …
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How Google uses Culture Clubs to promote their culture, a fun at work tip to add some variety to daily team huddles, a quote from the one and only Bill Murray, and some of the oddest book titles of 2016.
Michael Kerr – international man of mystery, author and business speaker – talks about five workplace habits you may want to kick to the curb, some fun alter-ego name generators, a great quote on the nature of innovation and….a dating app for apes?
Mike shares some fun ways companies and organizations are celebrating their failures and reframing them as learning opportunities, a fun at work tip that might help you grow rich, a great quote of the week and some hilariously funny accidental humor found on church bulletin boards.
Michael Kerr – international business speaker, humorist, trainer and bestselling author of such fabulous books like The Humor Advantage – offers up another episode of random ideas to help you be happier and more successful at work, an alter-ego name generator to add some fun to your workplace, and a preview of some of the fun, wacky, offbeat theme days headed your way this February.
Mike talks about how one company created neighborhoods at work to create better neighbors and a better workforce environment, his fun at work tip features a fun way to brainstorm different perspectives at work, the quote of the week and a recap of the top DUH studies from 2016.
Michael talks about how some companies use company wide-to-do lists to share information and improve productivity and communication, a fun at work tip that offers a simple and unifying way to honor or recognize an employee, the quote of the week, and a wacky smile software program that encourages employees in a Japanese company to smile properly.
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