Humor at Work: Cow Tipping at Work

Cow Tipping at Work

As important as it can be to inject fun into the workplace, you may also need to spend time removing barriers to fun, creativity and productivity at work. The great book “Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers” by Robert Kriegel and David Brandt, offers dozens of  ideas on how to challenge outdated assumptions  and rules that may  be slowing you down and sucking the life out of your workplace. A few examples I’ve stumbled upon elsewhere include the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop LLP,  which created a “sacred  cow task force”  which identified a whopping 100 sacred cows in their workplace. The CEO of another company brought in “Black and White Cow” baby  beanies and encouraged people to throw them at anyone who defended a sacred cow.  ================================================================

Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Hold a naming contest to come up with a killer name for a new

product, project, building, committee or whatever you can think

of that needs naming. It’s a simple way to get the creative juices

flowing and add some fun. And it can work spectacularly well.

The cereal Wheaties were named after an internal naming contest

(the original name was Washburn’s Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flakes).

Crayola crayons held a naming contest in 1993 that drew 2 million

entries and created such fabulous colors as Tickle Me Pink,

Razzmatazz, Mauvelous and Macaroni & Cheese. Many sports teams’

names (Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue

Jackets to name a few) were created through public contests. And

of course, contests to name new babies at zoos have engaged tens of

thousands of people and generated enormous amounts of free publicity.

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Quote of the Week

“I’ve always felt that there’s no reason that work has to be

suffused with seriousness, that professionalism can’t be worn

lightly. Fun is a stimulant to people. They enjoy their work

more and work more productively.” Herb Kelleher, Co-Founder

and Chair of Southwest Airlines ================================================================

It’s a Wacky World

Scrooge McDuck has topped the Forbes list as the world’s richest

fictional character with an estimated (do you think?) fortune

of $44.1 billion USD. This still places him behind Bill Gates,

which strikes me as rather odd given that it’s fictional! That

means we can’t even imagine someone being as rich as Bill. Not

even a duck!

Happy Hump Day one and all. May the farce be with you.

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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com

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