The Hump Day Humor-Gram, September 7, 2005 Issue Number 143

In this issue . . .

Hello everyone, we’re back! Bigger and better than ever!
Well not really . . .we’re pretty much the same size, and
probably no better than we’ve ever been. But we are
back . . .and still 100% cholesterol-free!

1. Nice Managers Finish First
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. Nice Managers Finish First

According to a study from two professors in the
U.S., top-performing companies are led by CEOs
who inspire loyalty and affection from their
employees, rather than fear. The more humane they
were, the better their companies did, and by a
substantial margin. And what better way for managers
to show their humanity and humility than by tapping
into that most human of all characteristics, their
sense of humor!
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

According to the CEO of Umpqua Bank (an Oregon-based
community bank), the key to having fun is to “get corny”
and focus on the customers’ needs. The banks have been
known to bring in ice cream and sandwich trucks for
customers, while some branches keep dog bowls full of
water outside for their customers’ dogs. To help
make sure the customers enjoy the experience of going to
the bank, each branch is given a special fund solely for
the purpose of engaging customers in a fun way.
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3. Quote of the Week

“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”
Stephen Wright
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

Researchers at M.I.T. are developing a “Jerk-O-Meter”:
software that will analyze a person’s speech pattern and
tone of voice on cell phones, and then rate their level of
engagement in the call. Watch out telemarketers . . .

Happy Hump Day one and all!
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2005 mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
Reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640 or surf him up at
http://www.MikeKerr.com.

Check out Michael’s latest book, What’s So Funny
About Alberta? At http://www.whatssofunnyaboutalberta.com

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