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Down Economy Requires Straight Up Talk

The Hump Day Humor-Gram, May 13, 2009 Issue 303
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1. As Economy Falters, Déjà-Moo Rises

Déjà-Moo, as you’ll recall, is that uneasy feeling you’ve heard
this bull before. It seems we’ve seen a spike of déjà-moo as of
late, as employers have tried to ease the pain of shredding jobs
by referring to the job losses as less scary things, such as:
“synergy-related headcount adjustment goals,” “offboarding,”
and “de-verticalization.” MOOOOOOOO!

Do you really think anyone is fooled by these terms? Not only
does speaking in such a déjà-moo manner NOT fool anyone, it only
serves to confuse people, demoralize them even more and insult
their intelligence.

The more difficult the message, the more urgent the need for
crystal clear, straightforward, respectful, no-B.S. communication.

And if you are very careful with its use, humor can help you
deliver challenging messages in a déjà-new way.

As George Bernard Shaw remind us, “If you’re going to tell people
the truth, you better make them laugh. Otherwise, they’ll kill
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Beryl Call Centers, known for their great use of humor in the
workplace, once staged a murder mystery on their call-center
floor. Now to make an event like this more relevant: hold an
IDEA murder mystery in your workplace, to examine(in a fun way)
where ideas go to die at your office (a committee? A dark and
mysterious suggestion box? Some guy named Bob?).
3. Quote of the Week

“The integration of fun and work isn’t about what you do, it’s
about who you’re being when you’re doing your work. Fun isn’t
the prize – it’s the work.” Leslie Yerkes
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Be careful the next time you nod off while your boss is droning
on in a “déjà-moo” style… an Israeli soldier was jailed for
three weeks for yawning while his base commander was speaking
at an event. Wow. Red Bull really can come in handy sometimes.
Happy Hump one and all. May the farce be with you. ================================================================
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2009.

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