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The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #57, September 3rd, 2003

In this issue . . .

1. In Search of Pride
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Humor Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. In Search of Pride

Intrinsic pride is a major workplace motivator, and
workplaces that tap into the pride employees feel can create
a more productive, positive and ultimately humor-filled work
environment where people feel good about themselves and
the organization they work for.

According to Jon Katzenbach, author of “Why Pride Matters
More than Money,” workers can find their source of pride in
a number of a different places, such as:

– pride in accomplishment, in the achievement of challenging
– pride in the history and tradition of their organization
– pride in what their peers, friends or family think of their
abilities or the organization they work for

Truly inspiring workplaces tap into several sources of pride.
And inspiring leaders know that the most powerful motivator
isn’t, as the book says, the all mighty dollar, but rather the
internal sources of pride that everyone feels when working
in a positive and supportive work environment.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Take a page from James Bond or the Mission Impossible crew and
assign fun names to your most boring projects or assignments.
Give them cool code names so your coworkers are actually envious
of you when you proudly tell them you are working on “Project
Falcon.” They don’t need to know that Project Falcon involves
shredding copious amounts of paper in the basement, or that the
“Foxfire 2005 Mission” is merely a run to the office store for
more paper clips.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to my Great White
Shark Alien Abduction Task Force I’m working on.
3. Humor Quote of the Week

“If fear is too great – send in the clowns.”
Lee Birk.

Bonus quote:

“When using your sense of humor, don’t forget to use
your sense, AND your humor.” Anon.
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Extreme ironing is of the newest crazes in the wacky world of
adventure sports. Yes, that’s right, people are taking their
irons where no drycleaner has gone before. Folks are ironing
shirts while jumping out of planes, pressing pants while hanging
upside in caves and probably ironing their undies while windsurfing
over a school of great white sharks.

This phenomenon truly impresses me, not because of the death
defying feats, but because I can’t even iron a shirt properly
while standing upright in my laundry room! Using two hands! With a
really, really good iron and those “you never have to iron” kind of

Happy Hump Day everyone, and may the week ahead have few
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2003

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International speaker Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is
the author of five 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 skills.

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