Look forward. Not down.

Sitting at dinner and talking with your dining companion(s). Walking the streets and looking forward. Walking the streets and talking to one another. Watching a concert and not being focused on telling Facebook friends and fans; your Twitter followers. These were my observations while in Montreal. People are just not glued to technology the way we seem to be in the United States. It’s not about your droid, blackberry, iphone or tablet. And many of these people are young – the ones who get criticized for being techno-junkies. Just a few hours north from my home in the United States and things seem so different.  Or maybe they know that you don’t care what my dinner was last night:   Sometimes I get reminded that technology is overrated and there is a world out there – a world full of experiences that deserves our full attention. People are looking for new ideas, inspiration, insight, innovation …

Unlike. Unlink. Unfollow. Unsubscribe. UNDO!

And the biggest ego blow…………Unfriend! Yep, I don’t have a need for you any longer. (okay, sometimes I just hide all of your posts) I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m thinking more and more each day that this whole social media thing needs a huge slap in the face. Anyone expert enough yet to do it?  And here is my evidence: People begging me to “Like” their Facebook page then offering me nothing but sales pitch after sales pitch. I want people to like my two pages Recess At Work and The Double D Diner because they genuinely like what I’m doing and get some value, laughs or who knows what. Sure I do some selling there; but I do my best to mix it up with fun and information. What if I really don’t like your product, services or business practices and we know one …

Is your place of work REALLY a fun place to work?

I love when people tell me their workplace is a fun place to work. I usually follow up with a question asking them what makes it fun. What follows are usually descriptions about getting together with people after work or during lunch and doing fun things; the occasional ice cream social or bagel Fridays. When I worked for Avon many years ago we used to take a walk down to the local amusement park at lunchtime and ride the roller coaster a couple of times. It certainly built camaraderie with my peers. It certainly allowed for some blowing off of steam during stressful work periods. That was fun. But did that make the work fun? Heck, I even sell an ebook 50 Ways To Have Fun At Work – which is important. But again, does that make the work fun? (Actually some of them do.) If you’re going to say your workplace is …

MY follow-up plan dictates how I VIEW OTHERS! Does yours?

When I meet someone at a networking event I send them some sort of communication within 24 hours. It could be an email, text, tweet, or handwritten note. (Yes, I’m doing my part to keep the USPS in business; why I don’t know at times.) When someone makes a donation through the charity I founded, (One Less Meal, Inc.), a personal, silly, fun acknowledgement is sent within 24 hours. Could be a note, email or shout out on a Social Media site. People love to be recognized – especially in public forums. When I receive an inquiry about speaking, training or consulting for an organization you get a phone call or an email from me ASAP and never more than 24 hours later. Heck, once I found myself on the phone at midnight. (She sent an email at 11:45 PM; I sent an email saying “wanna talk now?”) These are my rules. …

Long overdue thanks to the 2 fat ladies for their charitable idea!

I don’t know who they were. I’ll probably never see them again. But it was the summer of 2009 when I took a Recess from my work (my friend Russ Schoen would call it an excursion); went to a beach in Rhode Island and got my idea to start a nonprofit fighting hunger – One Less Meal, Inc. For well over two hours I sat in my beach chair and watched two “larger” women eat chips and cookies and a host of other junk food. As the noon hour approached one leaned over to the other, chair bending, and said “It’s almost time for us to have lunch.” “You could both do with one less meal” is what I muttered to myself. (And having been a fat boy; close to 40 pounds heavier at one point in my life I say that with confidence; and not in a mean-spirited way at all!) One …

Recess At Work Day Manual: sample pages

Recess At Work Day is just a few days away – June 16th. I’m hearing from folk all around the country; all with different ideas. Some are using it as a chance for some fun and games. Others are using it as a day of learning. Still not sure what to do? How to get the best ROI out of your Recess? How to show employees that they matter? The Recess At Work Day System is a great place to start; 12 FUN Opportunities to learn, recharge and/or celebrate. And to give you an idea of what is included here’s the 1st 5 pages of the manual; which includes the table of contents and the 1st Recess – how to pull together a quick Recognition event. Enjoy! Click here to download a sample of the RECESS AT WORK Manual Click here to order your system– which now comes in a downloadable version And be sure …

When we all take a risk; we all get a reward

Last fall a Professional Association hired me to spend 1/2 a day with their members; a Recess to get them re-engaged with their work. During the course of discussions budget came up. Budget always comes up. I came up with several options; but for the most part it boiled down to two scenarios: Pay my full fee I will give you a reduced fee but…………………………..I will help you market the event and if your revenue/registrations go above a certain amount we split the revenue. They chose the second option. By “helping” to market the event all I did was a short video and posted it to a page on my website for that client; inviting their members to come play and learn with me. This allowed the membership to see who and what they were paying for; to reduce their risk as well. All the client had to do was an email blast with …

Keep your Promises; But Keep Your Problems to Yourself

Next week is the day. June 16th is your opportunity to reengage your organization. It’s not too late to plan your Recess At Work Celebration. The Recess At Work System offers you 12 high impact, purposed opportunities to learn, recharge, & celebrate. They’re designed for fun and to have valuable professional development and business growth. Click here to order yours and save 15% by entering code RECESSitate at checkout. It’ll ship today.  Join companies like Keen, the Dallas Regional Chamber, Iroquois Pipeline and Danbury Hospital who understand the benefits of taking a Recess. But in the meantime….. In my blog entry of June 6th I wrote about a Postmaster who didn’t seem to know how or want to sell me postage because his computer was down. I just stood there as he hoped I went away. The next day I went into that same post office needing to purchase a …

A better Employee Experience: 10 meeting topics you should consider

Meetings. They can be the death of an organization. Yet they seem to make some people feel important. For whatever reason having a calendar of meetings seems to validate the existence of some; yet so many of those meetings are useless. Let’s take a Recess from meaningless meetings. Let’s have more meetings that are, as I like to say, “Meetingful.” Let’s have some discussions that might be of interest to more people throughout the organization……. Here’s a list of some of meetings that I think need to be held at offices across the land: How can I help you this week? (can be B to E – boss to employee; E to E – employee to employee; or E to B – employee to boss) Where is there redundancy in my work and yours? What policies and ideas are getting in the way of you doing a better job? What special …

It’s time we start training employees to think on their own again

Before the computer there was the calculator Before the calculator was the adding machine Before the adding machine was the abacus Before the abacus were our fingers and toes Before our fingers and toes were scratches on a cave wall And before the electronic scale was something with weights on it Yesterday I stopped into a local United States Post Office to ship a small package to a customer. The postmaster was on duty. He informed me he was having electrical problems and his computer was down. I just stood there. He tried to get his computer to work again. It was not cooperating. He again informed me his computer was down. I just stood there. Finally I inquired whether he needed a computer to sell me postage for a large envelope. Ah, he understood me. I was expecting him to do it the old fashioned way; even if it required him using MY …