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Laughing at Yourself a Rocking Good Idea

1. Laughing at Yourself a Rocking Good Idea

If General Electric was a person, it might be fair to say that we
could describe her as being self-confident, maybe even a little
hip (is that the term the kids are using these days?), and as
someone who has a healthy sense of humor. I say this based on
the Emmy-award winning NBC sitcom “30 Rock”. “30 Rock” revolves
around the antics of a variety-comedy TV show and its megalomania

corporate boss played by Alec Baldwin. Baldwin’s character is a
General Electric exec in charge of “East Coast television and
microwave oven programming.”

The show frequently lampoons GE, from their executive training
programs to their corporate culture. The self-deprecating humor
doesn’t always portray GE in the most positive light, and yet, not
only does GE not get defensive about it – they love it! GE show
clips from the show in their executive meetings, because they
recognize that this is a fabulous way to poke fun at their own
culture, that it’s great publicity, and that it humanizes and
modernizes their image.

So here’s a question for you. Would your organization have the
confidence to laugh at itself in such a public way? The answer
could reveal a lot about your underlying workplace culture.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Having trouble getting employees to wear their safety gear, new
company jackets or appropriate clothing on casual Fridays? Try
hosting a fun fashion show, with your own team’s “characters”
playing fashion models, complete with paparazzi to record the
images for future reference.
3. Deep Thought of the Week

“Light travels faster than sound. That’s why some people appear
bright until you hear them speak.” Anonymous
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Good news Twitter fans! For those of you worrying about how to
keep up with those Twitter posts (140-word posts that lets your
stalkers know what you are doing at this very moment), a
University of Wisconsin-Madison student has created a computer
interface that allows you to connect Twitter directly to your
brain, allowing users to simply use your brainwaves to post a
message. What could be more fun?!

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