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1. Happy Dog Days!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip of the Day
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World . . .
1. Happy Dog Days
It’s July folks! Happy belated Canada Day to the Canadians listening in,
Happy Fourth of July to the Americans!
Today, July 3rd, also happens to be the official start of “Dog Days”
(July 3rd – August 15th). Believe it or not, these hottest days of
the year were once considered an “evil time”, when people and dogs went
mad, the seas boiled over and food spoiled. (Perhaps it’s a good month
to crank up the old fun factor in the workplace?).
July is also Anti-Boredom Month, Hot Dog Month, Baked Bean Month,
Ice Cream Month and Picnic Month.(Now, I ask, how the heck could
you be bored with all of that going on?)
So my best wishes to all of you for a humor-filled, happy, hot, and
healthy month. May the farce be with you.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
It’s summer time, so when the brains start to get clogged up with smog,
why not take the gang (even if it’s just a gang of one) into the
great outdoors. No, you don’t have to climb a mountain or canoe the
Amazon, just move your meeting out onto the back lawn. Or head to a
city park, a playground or zoo. Go on a short walk outside somewhere.
Take the gang out for hot dogs to remind everyone that sometimes
it’s a dog-eat-hotdog world too. Heading outside is an easy way to boost spirits, get a change in perspective or to de-stress.
If you’re trying to be creative or brainstorm with your employees, heading outside is an easy way to shift perspectives. Surveys suggest that most
people feel LEAST creative in the office, whereas many workers list being
outside as one of the best locations for coming up with new ideas.
And taking folks out on an impromptu field trip for ice cream or to
listen to an outdoor concert is a quick and easy way to reward the troops
and give everyone a motivational shot in the arm and energy boost during
these doggy days of summer.
3. Quote of the Week
“For some of the large indignities of life, the best remedy is
direct action. For the small indignities, the best remedy is a
Charlie Chaplin movie”. Carol Taurius
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
From the wacky archives. . .
E-bay is of course the perfect spot to find absolutely anything, including,
apparently, a little maternal love. A fellow from Michigan listed his
dear old Mom on E-bay as an auction item. The highest bidder would get a
“Mom for the day” including receiving e-mails all day from his Mom, who would
try her best to “Make you feel like the most special person on earth.”
Unfortunately, the folks at E-bay thought that selling one’s Mommy over the
Internet created some legal issues and safety concerns for dear old Mom, and
removed the listing.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2002
Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is the author of 5 books,
including When Do You Let the Animals Out? and You Can’t Be Serious!
Putting Humor to Work. Michael delivers keynote talks and workshops
on humor in the workplace, business creativity and public speaking
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