Here’s a very simple exercise to try at your next team meeting or employee retreat: Have a fast and furiously energetic brainstorm over what you need more of and what you need less of in your workplace. Your goal isn’t to solve all your issues or create world peace in ten minutes, but doing this simple exercise is a quick …
Have you made your new year’s resolutions yet? Have you broken any resolutions yet? (I know I have!) Here are a few thoughts on the fine art of resolving to resolve your revolving resolutions…
According to several goal-setting experts, it’s easier to create “anti-resolutions”: Commit to things you want to stop doing rather than things you want to start doing. …
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 …
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International business speaker, very funny motivational speaker, and author of The Humor Advantage, Michael Kerr offers some ideas on creating a more colorful workplace culture, plus a great quote about what it is that ALL employees want, and a reminder of an important theme day that is simply the cat’s meow.
International speaker and man of mischief Michael Kerr shares a story about how one workplace transformed their culture without relying on, or waiting for, their top leaders to take charge. Plus Mike’s fun at work tip features a great Friday weekly workplace tradition to help recognize employees and build a positive workplace attitude, there’s a great quote about the power of laughter, and a story that reveals that perhaps laughter isn’t always the best medicine!
Mike rings in the new year with some thoughts on how to make your resolutions stick and on the importance of creating a workplace resolution, plus Mike’s fun at work tip offers some dreamy ideas, a perfect quote to kick off the new year, and some really, really, stupid reasons people phone 911.
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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.
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