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The Hump Day Humor-Gram June 9, 2004 Issue #93

In this issue . . .

1. Ideas Are Like Rabbits
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Ideas Are Like Rabbits

Novelist John Steinbeck once quipped, “Ideas are like
rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them,
and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

Innovative, fun, creative, inspiring workplaces foster
environments where ideas really do multiply like rabbits in
the springtime. And when you consider that, on average, every
3,000 raw ideas in business leads to only 1 true success,
we obviously need to keep the ideas flowing all the time.

These stats hold true for the television world as well.
Typically, each major network receives some 3,000 pitches
per year for new shows. Of those 3,000, maybe 250 will get
worked up into a full-fledged script for a pilot. Of those,
maybe 30 will get the money to be turned into a pilot
episode, and of those, perhaps 10 will see the light of day,
and of those 10, only 1 or 2 will become a hit!

Odds like those remind us that perhaps the easiest way to
get a lot of great ideas in the workplace is to get a lot
of ideas. Period. And how can we squeeze out more ideas?
According to one study of some 6,000 teams, three factors
contributed to an increase in ideas:

1. External stimulus: This could be music, going for a walk,
or playing with goofy toys to help put the team in
a creative frame of mind. (Remember, Ha + Ha = AHA!).

2. Diversity: The greater the diversity of the team,
(whether it be diversity of experience, age, ethnicity,
or work background)the greater the number of ideas.

3. Minimal fear: Minimizing any underlying fear
helps promote creativity. This might include fear
of appearing foolish, fear of retribution, or even
fear of failure.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Some workplaces are turning to the arts to get the creative
juices flowing. Drawing pictures, creating 3-D models, or
sculpting with clay or Play Doh are not only great stress
busters for teams, they can help get people playing like kids,
move the brain from left to right-brained thinking and
encourage lateral thinking.
3. Quote of the Week

“Once you’ve built a track record for consistently forecasting
the failure of other people’s work, higher level managers will
begin to think you’re a brilliant visionary.” Scott Adams,
The Dilbert Principle.
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

This whole webcam craze is getting a little silly. Or a lot
silly. There are webcams from which you can check in on your
pooch in doggie daycare, webcams that allow you to watch the
bottom of a lake (oh boy!), and even a webcam that lets you
spy on a family of German wild boars. And speaking of boars,
there is even a webcam sponsored by the National Council of
Dull Men, which, as one might imagine, offers up a
wonderful cure for insomnia.

Happy Hump Day everyone! Keep laughing.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

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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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