Our four-year old daughter, Aracelli, recently decided to build a new smoothie machine for her smoothie business. She asked to be interviewed. This is the result.
April Fool’s Day is almost here and you know what that means:
Time to plan some creative office pranks.
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Now, before you write this off as childish or meaningless, let me remind you of the four benefits to office pranks. I shared them before in my post, Top 10 Office Practical Jokes.
When you play practical jokes or pull off a successful April Fool’s prank, you will develop four important skills:
April Fool’s pranks require significant planning to pull off.
Personally, I’ve never pulled off a successful office prank on my own. These require teamwork and are often a great bonding experience for co-workers.
This post is not a laughing matter. It’s an important piece to building better teams.
I had a conversation with a friend recently that went like this:
Friend: “We don’t play practical jokes in our office.”
Me: “You hate your job don’t you?”
Friend (glancing down pathetically): “Yes.”
OK, so the conversation didn’t really go like that, but you get the idea. I am pretty sure he used words like “uppity,” “stuffy.” and “corporate” to describe his office environment.
Since the dawn of time practical jokes have been a critical part of bonding and enjoyment in life…seriously remember that practical joke the snake played on Eve? Well that might not be the best example. But they are important.
I couldn’t resist…
I hope this gives you a big smile for the weekend. Enjoy!
Fear is usually the enemy, but sometimes it is OK. The story below illustrates when.
I’ve written before about talking back to fear, the benefit of fear, and even how fear gets in your head. These are all great posts and the second one even shows how fear can be used to show you your true purpose.
But generally, fear is negative. It’s the enemy to be confronted, battled with, and destroyed.
Except where there are cobras.
That’s right. Cobras. When there are cobras, fear is OK.
I feel like they’re trying to tell me something…
I’ve advocated for overcommunication as a leader, but this goes a little too far. I’m sure there is a leadership lesson you could digest from this…if you tried hard enough.
So, the question of the day is…would you use it?