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?
This is the humorous, painful, and probably not very instructional story of a presentation gone horribly wrong.
I recently tweeted this and Erik Fisher gave me the idea to post about this:
Below is how things went down. What came from the debacle was a side chat with one colleague and a group chat with the rest. I have changed their names but the comments are copied and pasted from our Skype windows.
I hope that you laugh. I hope that you cringe (in a good way). And I hope that you learn something. I’ll settle for laughing and cringing though.
We chat amongst ourselves for two minutes then settle down in expectation of the arrival of the presenter. No arrival.
Comedian Bob Smiley recently Tweeted: “Why does Soy Sauce & pancake syrup come in practically the same bottle? Ruined my pancakes & my morning.” He attached the accompanying picture on the right. I say when life gives you soy sauce pancakes, make Moo Shoo Pork. When you make a mistake, sometimes you have to run […]