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Inspired Ideas While Commuting to Work

1. Driving Home Inspired Ideas?

According to a Staples national survey, 40% of small business
owners and managers come up with their best ideas while driving.
Likewise, from a survey of 500 British business leaders, one in
five said they get their best ideas while driving – some even
admitted to deliberately hitting the open road to try and spark
ideas (wouldn’t it be ironic if they were looking for ideas on
how to be more environmentally sustainable?)

Which ties into another study which found that, contrary to
popular belief, talking to yourself is not only a rather sane
thing to do, it’s one of the most effective means of solving
problems, boosting concentration and lifting your mood when you
are depressed or stressed (I can’t wait to tell my wife, I feel
so vindicated!). Which drives us around again to our topic of,
well, driving – turns out speaking to yourself, humming and
singing are the three tops ways people cope with commuting. So,
all you stressed out commuters – remember to keep your eyes on
the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mouths in gear!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

From the “getting to know you better” files: identify people in
your workplace that have certain traits (they are left-handed,
they play soccer, they all went to the same college, they
play a musical instrument, they have sky dived, they have
three children, they have the same middle initial etc. etc.),
and then have similar groupings meet together in a separate
room, or huddle during your next staff retreat and challenge
them to find out what it is they all have in common.
3. Quote of the Week

“Good humour is goodness and wisdom combined.” Owen Meridith
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

Some more strange laws still on the books:
– in Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more
than six feet long. (Just how tall are Kentuckians?)
– In Britain, men over 14 must carry out two hours of longbow
practice a day. (Seems reasonable).
– in France, it is illegal to call a pig Napoleon.
– in Boulder, Colorado you can’t n“own” a pet, you can only “mind”
a pet. (But, thankfully, you can still name your pig Napoleon.)

Happy Hump Day one and all.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008.
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