Humor at Work: Better Conversations at Work, Nov. 26, 2008

1. You Better Have Some Better Conversations This Week

This week is official “Better Conversations Week,” where we are
all supposed to be reminded of the importance of having well,
I guess better conversations than what we were having before.
I’ve often said (really, I have) that inspiring leadership is
often about having great conversations that involve meaningful
discussions, thoughtful questions and real listening (as opposed
to the fake listening I often do when a hockey game is on). But
we also need to remember the importance of “small conversations”
in the workplace, after all, it’s the “small talk” in the hallways
or before a meeting starts where we get to know each other beyond
our job titles and where we begin to build trust and rapport with
one another. And finally, I think we need to remember the importance
of thinking about all workplace communication as two-way
conversations where everyone has the chance to provide input and
respond in meaningful ways.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

There is a school principal in California who, every full moon,
gets the entire student body and staff together to howl at the
moon. Sure, it’s ridiculously stupid, which is why it might just
work as a fabulously offbeat once-a-month ritual. Gather folks on
the roof, in the boardroom, or in the boss’s office and howl like
nobody’s watching! On a related note: biologists believe that
wolves howl for a number of reasons, including that it’s FUN
and it helps the pack bond with each other. So I think we need to
take a lesson from animals like wolves and dolphins, because it’s
only the most intelligent animals that actively play as adults! So
would you rather relate to a highly social, intelligent animal like
a wolf, or remain an office slug? (Slugs, as you may or may not be
aware, rarely frolic, play or fetch.) Have I digressed too much?
I’m writing this on a full moon so that’s my excuse . . .
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3. Quote of the Week

“You don’t have to teach people to be funny. You only have to
give them permission.” Harvey Mindess
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

From a survey by OfficeTeam, more wacky tales of wacky interviews:
– one job candidate fell asleep during the interview
– one candidate sent his sister to the interview in his place!
– a candidate called the interviewer by the wrong name during the
entire interview
– a candidate showed up with a cockatoo on his shoulder (and no,
he wasn’t applying for a pirate posting).

Happy Hump Day. Have a howling good week. =================================================================

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