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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, June 20, 2007 Issue Number 223

1. Just Imagine the Possibilities
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Just Imagine the Possibilities

When your team gets together to discuss issues and brainstorm
are you focused on imagining completely new possibilities for
the future, or do you always seem to be focused on problem-
solving? Because of time constraints and the day-to-day grind,
most teams fall into the trap of being reactionary and always
getting together to “fix” problems. The problem with being
exclusively problem-focused is that it can limit our thinking,
it’s reactive, and, by nature, negative.

Conversely, truly inspiring teams and workplaces set aside time
to brainstorm future possibilities, rather than just playing
catch up. They do this by asking “what if” kinds of questions,
by imagining entirely different products or services, by asking
what it is their competitors aren’t willing to do, and by
simply asking the question, “What’s possible?”.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Speaking of possibilities, if you really want to get creative,
invite some kids to your next brainstorming meeting. At Fluor
Corporation in Irvine, California, they invited children in
from a local school to brainstorm ideas on how to improve the
workplace. The group that had a mix of children and adults
created more innovative ideas than the adults only group,
including some ideas that were actually implemented. (From
301 More Ways to Have Fun at Work, Dave Hemsath)
3. Quote of the Week

“It is the mark of an educated man to be able to entertain an
idea without accepting it.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Big news in the humor and/or diet world. A recent study by Dr.
Alan Hirsch found that people who watch David Letterman ate 44%
more potato chips than people who did nothing, while those who
watched the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, only ate 42% more
potato chips. So if you are trying to lose weight, please
don’t watch funny people with potato chips in the room, and
as Dr. Hirsch jokingly suggested, when eating, try to eat with
less interesting people.

Happy Hump day one and all. May the farce be with you.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2007.

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