The other day I was playing a board game with my kids and I honestly can say I had the time of my life. Later, I did some self-reflection that resulted in what I wouldn’t call a groundbreaking realization, but it definitely shook my understanding of how I want my life to be. Here it is – I am so much more creative and inspired when I am not at work! Ha! – told you, not earth shattering. But that also made me question myself – how come there is a difference between my work and play self, and more importantly – why should there be any?
Human society has always been talking about success and will continue to do so. It is our goal, purpose, aspiration and our drug. We like hearing about it, too – we empathize with success stories and feel inspired by them (and maybe a bit jealous at times). And when we read about this year’s 30 under 30, achieving success doesn’t seem so far away. In reality, though, it is tricky and requires hard work. Only a few companies make it and even fewer (the ones we actually hear about) become the next Uber or AirBnB.
When was the last time that you smiled at someone – a friend at the gym, a colleague at work or even a complete stranger in the supermarket? When was the last time you smiled to your colleagues or even to your manager? And knowing that, how often do you smile in a day? As kids we tend to smile more. Studies show that children smile around 400 times a day. This number is more than impressive compared to the (sad) 20 smiles grown-ups give to the world per day.
Truth be told: Just because you are at work does not mean that you are actually getting any work done. A recent study by the software development company Atlassian pinpoints that less than 60% of the work time is spent productively. Excessive emails, long and unproductive meetings and the constant trivial interruptions at the workplace are among the prime factors that restrain you from keeping up with your daily to-dos.
OMG, LOL, LFMAO, do you ever read these acronyms in any official communication? Likely not, as there will be one kind of policy from Corporate Communications or the Public Relations department prescribing us not to use acronyms.
Be honest, don’t we get tired sometimes of all those new policies out there? Organizations have become kindergartens, prescribing our behavior and all the things we are not allowed to do. So we decided to pun it and created a policy for you to print out and distribute amongst your colleagues. Ideally, you should print it on company logo paper and add one or two of the typical [your company] bulls*** bingo items.
You may not have heard about Jordan Belfort before the success of Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street”. That movie was based on Belfort’s own memoir about his life as a degenerate stockbroker played by Leonardo di Caprio.
Last month I experienced his motivational speech in Amsterdam about the secret to his success, and the insights into his failures that eventually sent him to jail.
Although his morals were not on a high standard back then (as he puts it delicately during his 3.5 hour speech) there is quite a lot that we can learn from him.
As summer is upon us, we start to doze off at work, contemplating sunny beaches, quality time with the family and re-thinking work. Should we quit, find a new job that we actually like or do something completely different? I would like to offer you some thinking material on one of the taboos very likely present in your organization. An Organizational Monetary Perplexity Syndrome…;-), or in layman’s terms…this is what your co-worker is paid…
Working with humor is fun. Not only does laughing keep your skin young and agile, it is also a panacea to a lot of the stress and politics we endure in working life. However, many coworkers confide to me that their work is so boring. That there are colleagues out there that only collaborate in name, not in reality. That they go up the corporate ladder thanks to brown nosing and behind the back behavior, instead of working together in a harmonious way. That they actually harm the brand they are working for, but nobody cares because they make money.
When it comes to art of provocation, getting it right (or in this case up) is where it’s at. Don’t think so? There are many benefits employing provocation and playfulness in an organization and the returns can be limitless. By playing on cultural taboos, organizations can unlock radical innovation, enhance thinking processes and tap into valuable opportunities. What is more, the role of provocation is an important element in humor-driven innovation (see this link). This article will enhance the art of provoking the other and getting away with it; results guaranteed.
There is a saying that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. Why do we not incorporate such thinking into business? For one, we can save energy, which can be distributed in better ways, and two, there is increasing benefit to being in good spirits.