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Workplace Lessons from Movies

Filed under: HUMOR AT WORK,Humor in the Workplace Blog - 08 Sep 2016

One of the questions I pose in my e-book, Inspiring Questions for Inspiring Workplaces, is: If your workplace was represented by a movie, what movie would it be and why?  Asking questions like this sometimes helps reveal some uncomfortable …

Employees’ Families are Part of Your Support Team

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 16 Feb 2016

We recently celebrated Family Day in my home province of Alberta. The holiday is intended as a day for people to spend time with their family, which reminded me of the role families play in businesses. Inspiring workplaces recognize that …

To Do or Not to Do? That is the Question

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 25 Nov 2015

Although I always suggest face-to-face communication above all else, at times you may want to consider this: If you have some news that you think someone will need time to digest, then send them an e-mail first and arrange a …

What Are Your House Rules?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 19 Nov 2015

I had a fabulous breakfast the other morning at the Beltliner Diner in Calgary, Alberta. And what made it that much more fabulous was their sign listing their House Rules:

Celebrating Individuality Helps Drive Success

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 28 Oct 2015

Here’s how Kimpton Hotels promotes it’s careers on-line: “Are you creative, passionate and entrepreneurial? Are you MacGyver–like in your ability to solve problems with a little ingenuity (and perhaps some duct tape)? Well then, we like you already! For us, …

Five Ways to Add Humor to Your E-mail Messages

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 21 Oct 2015

Encourage people to read them by using creative subject lines that mimic song titles, newspaper headlines, or breaking news reports. Add a humorous quote to your signature file, such as,”How can you make coffee until you’ve had coffee?” Molly Cox

Workplace Communication: Are You Accessible AND Approachable?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 14 Oct 2015

I’ve been doing some political door knocking for our federal election, which has given me a chance to practice my ability to suss out which dogs are approachable and which ones are, well, not so much. Of course some dogs …

Power Hours and Think Weeks

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 30 Sep 2015

Time for another round of random thoughts, ideas and musings…

My Boss is Driving Me Batty! And Here’s Why!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 23 Sep 2015

Here’s a recent Harris Poll reported in Harvard Business Review that reveals the top complaints employees have about their leaders:

#1: Leaders not recognizing employees’ achievements (63%)

#2. Not receiving clear direction from leaders (57%)

Four Fun Lessons from a Fun Restaurant

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 16 Sep 2015

My wife and I recently enjoyed a fabulous meal at a funky little restaurant in the town of Field, nestled in the Canadian Rockies just a skip and a long hop down the road from Lake Louise. In addition to the amazing food, The Truffle Pigs Bistro (and what a great name that is) does a few simple things to connect with its customers and add a little charm.

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