The Hump Day Humor-gram, February 16, 2005 Issue #120

In this issue . . .
1. Innovation Rules
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. Innovation Rules
In a recent issue of Fast Company, the magazine went in
search of the most innovative company in America, leading
them W.L. Gore (the makers of Gortex). The key to their
innovation was summed up as:
1. They work in small teams with minimal rules.
2. They don’t have any ranks, job titles, and for the most
part, even bosses (I can hear you drooling right now).
3. They put a priority on face-to-face communication.
4. They let anyone lead a new speculative project –
as long as they have the passion and can attract followers.
5. They celebrate their failures as much as they do their
successes in order to encourage smart risk-taking.
Unless you’re working on a pirate ship, doing away with the
boss probably isn’t an option for you. But minimizing rules,
taking the time to leave the computer and connect with folks,
building a small, flexible team and celebrating successes
and setbacks are things we can easily do to ratchet up
the level of creativity (and fun!) in our own work lives.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
If you want to shift your mood and keep positive in spite of
office grumps, make a pact with yourself that every time
someone acts like a jerk, you have to turn around and be at
least a little extra nice to two people. This might
sound a little corny, a little Oprah-ish, but I’ve talked
to a few folks who swear by this technique as an easy way to
not get sucked down into the swamp of terminal grumpiness.
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3. Deep Thought of the Week
To bring more harmony into your work life. . .
invite a barber shop quartet over to your office.
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
“Smart cubicles” designed by Queen’s University feature
opaque glass divisions that turn clear when a colleague
approaches, headphones that filter out distractions and
special hi-tech glasses with built-in cameras that sense
when a worker wants to concentrate or when they want to
socialize. (Sounds to me like a year’s worth of Dilbert
material. . .)
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articles, DVDs, books and training programs,
go to www.mikekerr.com

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