1. Yes We Can, Can’t We?
A few weeks ago I was speaking in Washington, D.C. at the same
time the U.S. election was on, and I found myself outside the
White House at 1:00 a.m., listening to people yell out “Yes We
Can!” in time to cars honking to the same beat. Three simple
words that are hard to argue with (what are you going to say in
response? “No, um, not really! I don’t think we can!”). Now in
this style-over-substance world we are drifting towards,
it is easy to decry “Yes We Can!” as a shallow, empty, slogan.
Yet it’s hard to deny the power of simple slogan to define a
brand or inspire people when the slogan truly captures a
certain spirit or unites people in a common cause.
Having walked many an office hallway, I’ve seen similar slogans
plastered on posters, and wondered to myself if people find the
words cheesy and empty, or uplifting and empowering? The answer
likely depends on how effectively the slogan has been used, the
common understanding of what the slogan really means, and whether
or not the workplace is living up to the words. Actions speak
louder than words. Talk is cheap. But, if delivered effectively,
with conviction, backed up by substance, can a catchy, fun slogan
or two inspire your troops around a new cause or a specific
workplace value? Yes, yes it can!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
If you want to make your meetings more effective and more fun,
then create a mock security entrance table where participants are
required to leave behind any and all electronic devises that
threaten to distract and annoy meeting participants. But that only
removes the obvious distractions, so before starting the meeting
also ask the question: “Before we begin, is there anything else
that is going to distract/derail/annoy attendees?” to make sure
there are no other physical OR mental distractions that might
prevent attendees from being focused in the here and now.
3. Deep Thought of the Week
“The problems of the world today seems so complex. . . that even
teenagers don’t have all the answers.” Anonymous
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
As seen on an office sign: “FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND
DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE FIRST FLOOR.”
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. firstname.lastname@example.org www.mikekerr.com
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