So you’ve tried some new ways to inject some energy, passion and
fun into the old workplace. At first, people were excited. But soon
folks lost steam, and the new initiatives began to fizzle. Oh well.
Another fad, another gimmick, another band-aid solution fallen
into the dumpster of new ideas that sounded good at first, but failed
to catch on and create real change. Sound familiar?
Here’s a few ideas that might help you regain that lost momentum:
– Talk up the “why?”. Why were you making the changes in the first
place? Why is it important to your success?
– Focus on the specific behaviors that can easily become doable
habits, because once something is a habit, it’s hard to kick.
– Remind yourself and your team of how much you really have
accomplished. It’s often easy to minimize the actual amount of
progress that has been achieved.
– Remind people that having a bit of slump or backslide is a natural
part of any change process that you can and will overcome.
– Remind yourself and your team of the negative consequences of
NOT sticking through with the new behaviors
– Create some mentorship or coaching alliances. Support people
or teams that can help offer advice and serve as role models
– Make it fun. Break it down into bite-sized chunks, simple
steps or weekly milestones, and then celebrate reaching each
step in a fun, even outlandish way.
– Create a fun vision board that serves to remind people of
what success looks like using funny photos, fake newspaper
headlines, funny quotes and visual reminders of the milestones
achieved thus far.
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Tomorrow (June 16) is official “Recess at Work” day, so plan
a 30-minute break with your team and do something fun: hold an
impromptu hula hoop, fun dance or paper airplane flying contest.
Bring ice cream in for everyone. Report the office bully to the principal.
Or, do what we all did as kids when recess rolled
around: remind everyone of the need for a mental and physical
health break and head outside to the nearest park or green space
to clear out the old cobwebs and get the oxygen flowing.
Quote of the Week
“One person with passion is better than forty people merely
interested.” E.M. Forster
It’s a Wacky World
A Taiwanese man failed in his attempt to sue his neighbors for
training their mynah bird to insult him! (Maybe the judge thought
it was to mynah an offense for the courts to deal with?)
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com
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