Reading is FUNdamental

It was an educational campaign back when I was a kid – Reading is FUNdamental! It was all over the television. For all I know it might still be in use. Reading is something that way too many people don’t do enough of. We’re so busy updating statuses and declaring our fabulousness on Social Media sites that we forgot about sitting down with a good book. Plus the average person has an attention span as long as this sentence. You would think book reading would be on the rise. We have options. You can buy a book. You can buy an ebook. You can buy a digital reader such as a Kindle and download books. Kindle even has a free version for Blackberry – which I recently downloaded. Kindle for Blackberry made reading fun. Now this is not a commercial for Kindle or Blackberry; my point is I like when things are fun. It’s a …

Panic over something important! Like the Market is Falling.

Went to see the movie Kick Ass last night. As a kid who had always dreamed of being a Superhero, and the closest thing to becoming one is The Secret Ambassador at One Less Meal, I figured I needed to go see it. I purchased my tickets at the kiosk. I’m a self-service kinda guy. It’s also a sad state of affairs when I can purchase a ticket faster than the people you hire to sell tickets. But I digress. A young woman comes over to greet us so she can rip the tickets in half. Seems that nothing printed on the stub. She is panicked. We go over to the counter where the theater manager and another employee are talking. “What do we do? What do we do?” I respond, “You give me my popcorn and I go see the movie. Then you three figure it out.” But the tickets won’t match when …

What’s wrong with this picture?

Look carefully. What’s wrong with the picture? Don’t read on. Spend a minute or two and see if you can figure it out.  Yes, it’s a bit fuzzy……It’s pretty clear to me. It says Celebrate Nurse’s WEEK! So when did a week become 5 days? I thought a week was 7 days? Did I miss the changing of measurement of time? Was it an act of Congress? God? I’m familiar with these types of events. Employers have little socials and recognition events. But if you’re gonna celebrate Nurses Week don’t you think you should include all 7 days? What about the folks who only work weekends? Are they not worthy of recognition and social events. Don’t they work just as hard? Aren’t they just as loyal? As someone who is working very hard to help employers boost morale, keep employees happy and increase employee engagement another two days won’t kill you White Plains …

The Gift of David

Was chatting on Facebook with my friend David this morning. We were talking about bicycling and health. I met David several years ago; he was seated in an audience. Out of nowhere David made a comment about my “gift” to inspire.  Now for those of you, like me, who are not good about taking compliments you know that uneasy awkward feeling. Your body contorts. Your face goes flush. You start to wiggle and squirm. So as the body is wiggling I am thrilled that a computer screen, modem and the technological magic that my words are going through the sky and reaching David exists between us. But it got me thinking………………… I don’t inspire people. I don’t motivate people. It is not a gift. I believe that everyone is motivated. I believe that everyone is inspirable (I know, not a word; who cares.) My job is NOT to motivate or inspire you. My job is to offer …

4-6-22-25-31 / 22

Those were my Powerball Numbers last night. I didn’t win. If you’ve never played Powerball you pick 5 numbers and then you pick a Powerball number. The Powerball number can be the same as one of the other 5. So rather than filling out the little lottery card I asked the clerk at the convenience store if I could just give her the numbers. She said yes. 4-6-22-25-31 and 22 for the Powerball. You need one more. I gave you 4-6-22-25-31 and 22. Isn’t it 5 numbers plus the Powerball? Yes, you gave me 4-6-22-25 and 31. You need another. I gave you 22. You gave me that already. And I want that number for my Powerball. You need another number. I gave you 5? Now you need the Powerball number right? Yes 22 You gave me that already. (Are we playing Abbott & Costello Who’s on 1st?) And I want it again as …

The Customer is NOT always right

Disclaimer: Healthcare workers are some of the hardest working people I know and I appreciate the commitment they have to their patients and profession. But sometimes you gotta laugh………….. So when I walk into a hospital and you seem bothered that you need to call the patient floor to get approval for an early morning visit prior to a relative’s surgery I feel your pain. I recognize I interrupted your conversation with a coworker and after all it is not you who are being cut open. And when I ask, okay demand, to see my relative after 90 minutes of being told I can see that relative “in a few minutes” I feel your pain. After all it is not you who are waiting to see if the surgeon didn’t sever your loved one’s artery. And when I hear you complaining loudly about having to work late the night before …

Having Fun at Work is NOT Being a Fun Place To Work

There’s a difference between having fun at work and being a fun place to work. Having fun at work includes recognition and social events. Being a fun place to work includes the above, but more importantly is a mindset that infuses fun into all aspects of your business. You feel it in the hallways, in the memos you receive, and in the meetings you hold. It is noticeable by the smiles on faces and the enthusiasm exhibited by employees. People are engaged in your business. Customers are engaged in your business. It’s easy to say you’re a fun place to work. It’s much harder to prove it. It’s even harder to commit to it. I hear stories all the time from people who tell me how they were told during an interview that their company was a fun place to work, yet when they arrived it was anything but fun. …