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Striking Gold Creatively is All About Perseverance

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 04 Feb 2015

What do Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, Sammy Sosa and Mickey Mantle have in common? As you likely guessed, they were all horrible baseball players. Yup – some of the most inept batters you’ll find in baseball history. Complete and utter losers, really. At least that’s the impression one might get when you see their names included among the batters with the most strikeouts. (Reggie Jackson holds the dubious honor as the #1 strikeout batter in history, having struck out 2,597 times at bat.) Of course, you know the punch line. They were also some of the top hitters to grace the game.  

Why Did the Sales Manager Cross the Road?

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 03 Feb 2015

podcast Mike’s fun at work tip features a fun contests that will help everyone flex their funny bone. Plus a look at how striking gold creatively is all about …

Book Recommendation: Creativity, Inc.

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 21 Aug 2014

Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, is one of my top business book recommendations of the year so far.  (Check it out at Shop at Amazon.ca!) It’s a rollicking trip through the inner workings of Pixar Studios, including the role Steve Jobs played in shaping the company, how the company uses its Brain Trust to drive innovation, and its “plussing” approach to building a more creative, not to mention, fun culture.  From Toy Story to Up, the lessons learned from the making of each and every Pixar animated film are as insightful as they are entertaining.

How’s Your Creative Attitude?

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 13 Aug 2014

podcast Mike offers some insights gleaned from the International Group for Humor Studies conference and the intersection between humor and creativity, including four ways to assess creativity and five …

How to Be More Creative: Five Steps for Greater Creativity Infographic

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 30 Dec 2013

An interesting infographic summarizes five steps into being more creative and some specific techniques for boosting creativity at work.

Want More Ideas? Call 1-800 Ideas!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 03 Dec 2013

Researchers at Harvard University found that employees are far more inclined to speak up and offer solutions when organizations launch information campaigns aimed at improving processes. Making it easy for employees to communicate ideas also helps improve the number of suggestions brought forth. The CEO of Rosenbluth International made it easy by creating a special 800 number voice-mail suggestion box where employees could submit ideas, concerns or praise directly to him. A CEO of Cinergy held regular “Listening Meetings” to hear employees’ concerns and ideas without interference.

Make Brainstorming a Regular Practice

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 20 Jan 2012

I was the closing keynote speaker at an event recently, and, as I typically do, I sat in on the presentations prior to mine.

Boost Brainstorming Sessions with Some Outside Ringers

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 13 Jan 2012

When I was a kid, I used to get Guy Lafleur and Gordie Howe to come and play street hockey with my team.  I was, of course, roundly criticized for bringing in outside ringers.

Boost Creativity, Destroy Silos with Job Swap Days

Filed under: The Hump Day Humor at Work E-zine - 26 Oct 2011

Southwest Airlines has a “Walk-a-Mile” program where employees

can sign up to work a day in a totally different department.

Many organizations have such programs, and find tremendous value

in them.

Not only do swap days help employees develop new skills and

clarify different career …

Theater Improv Lessons for More Creativity at Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 17 May 2011

I just finished reading Tina Fey’s hilarious autobiography “Bossypants,” in which she includes a sidebar talking about her life lessons she learned from doing theater improv.  

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