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A sales rep, an administration clerk, and their manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.  They rub it and a Genie comes out.  The Genie says, “I’ll give each of you just one wish.”   

“Me first!  Me first!” says the administration clerk.  “I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.”  Puff!  She’s gone.   

“Me next!  Me next!” says the sale rep.  “I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Peña Coladas and the love of my life.”  Puff! He’s gone. 

“OK, you’re up,” the Genie says to the manager.  The manager says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch.” 

Brenda Morris 

Sound like your Manager?  Sound like you?  Question:  How much fun are you to work with or work for? 

I’ve often felt that a primary role of our business leaders is to keep their followers appropriately entertained so the followers will solve the big, business challenges the company has for our leaders.  In short, I expect my manager to incorporate “Business Fun” into our day. 

“Business Fun”; what’s that you ask?  Look, if we have to work for a living + put in the extra hours + bring our work home from the office + be available seemingly 7×24 via cell phone; then at the very least we should be able to have a little fun doing it, don’t you think?  

I’m not implying the, “whistle while you work” kind of cartoon fantasy fun.  I mean, it’s nice when our Manager surprises us when she offers to make a Starbucks run at 10:00 am; or tells us, “take the afternoon off and go see your kids”; or simply has something nice to say to us each day. 

Yes, yes, I know – we get paid for our work.  Some say that should be good ‘nough.  Sports fanatics and media state that case often when complaining about some star athlete who is not starring.  “So and so should be dominating the league – after all, he’s being paid $20 Million a year!”  Yea well, how’s that working for you?  When you’re having, “one of those days”, do you merely think about your coming paycheck, and that makes it all better?  Me either. 

That’s not how comp plans work in the first place: 

The purpose of a compensation system should not be to get the right behaviors from the wrong people, but to get the right people on the bus in the first place, and to keep them there. 

Jim Collins 

I would offer, once you get the right people on your bus, a little “Business Fun” helps to keep them there.  For leaders – like it or not – talented people can get a job anywhere.  So even in a down economy, if you think your people should be thankful you gave them a job, beware.  That theory only applies to the untalented!  Just ask our favorite, Unknown Sage: 

Among the chief worries of today’s business executives is the large number of unemployed still on the payrolls. 

So come on, business leaders; lighten up!  We’ll get the job done.  Believe me; it will be easier on you if you think about ways to lift our spirits.  Otherwise, we can always entertain ourselves by making you the brunt of our amusement (while spending company time looking for another job, that is).  

GAP 

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2 Comments


  1. Debbie
    Jul 16, 2012

    I agree. We all need to lighten up. Don’t you agree.


    • Gary
      Jul 30, 2012

      Thanks Debbie! Yes, lightening up is great advice for us all. Thx, GAP

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