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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 …

What Are You Meeting For? Creative, Focused Workplace Meetings

Filed under: HUMOR AT WORK,Humor in the Workplace Blog - 26 May 2016

Single-focus meetings can be an effective way to dive deeper into an issue. When you have one central purpose, theme or goal tied to a meeting, chances are you’ll have a more effective meeting and achieve better results. Too often …

Customer Service: Would You Like a Side of Empathy With That?

Filed under: HUMOR AT WORK,Humor in the Workplace Blog - 29 Mar 2016

Do your employees understand the importance of expressing empathy to your customers when required?

My wife and I just returned from a speaking trip in another country. The trip turned into an epic adventure involving delayed flights, missed connections, missing …

Ending the Year on a High Note

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 16 Dec 2015

podcastEnd the year with your team on a high note with this simple but effective team sharing exercise and debrief. Plus Mike’s fun at work tip on celebrating the …

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…

For Better Ideas, Insights… Sleep On it!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 02 Sep 2015

Ernest Hemingway believed that you should always end your writing for the day with an unfinished sentence, such as, “She threw open the windows only to find…” Leave your writing hanging in mid-sentence and then sleep on it, he suggested, so that you’ll know where to pick up the next morning, but also so your subconscious can work on it, perhaps even dream about it, overnight. Research suggests Hemingway’s advice was bang on.

How Is Your Workplace Doing?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 26 Aug 2015

You’ve likely read some of the articles coming out that are highly critical of Amazon’s workplace culture. My friend Merge Gupta-Sunderji wrote a great article in the Globe and Mail newspaper that summarizes the issue: Amazon’s leaders are so relentlessly focused on results (the “what”) that they forgot all about “the how.” As I’ve said at least a gazallion times, workplace culture is all about the how: How you do the things you do. And if you ignore the how, it’s just a matter of time before things do deeply off the rails.

Recess at Work Ideas for Your Workplace

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

Thursday, June 18, is Recess at Work Day, a day to remind people of the importance of taking a fun break at work in order to celebrate and/or be more productive and creative. A few things you can do to celebrate:

Random Workplace Culture Musings to Smile Over

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 06 May 2015

It’s time for another edition of completely random thoughts and ideas…

What’s Your Workplace Doing to Connect to Planet Earth?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 22 Apr 2015

April 22, is Earth Day. Having just returned from one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet – namely Ecuador, where I spent time in the Amazon jungle, the spectacular Galapagos Islands, and a cloud forest reserve that holds the record for the most number of birds counted on the annual Audubon bird count day, I’m feeling particularly, well, earthy, I suppose (I blame it on the blue-footed boobies). So a few thoughts to ponder…

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