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LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU LAUGH

2. Humor Makes Business Better

TOP 6 TIPS FOR PLANNING A DIGITAL EVENT

For Boom Chicago, autumn usually means a return to big events. Luckily, that’s still true, but this year, most of these events are digital. Boom Chicago, with improvisation in our DNA, is good at adapting. In the previous six months, we have become leaders in digital events with tens of successful ones under our belts….

REAL IS VIRTUAL AND VIRTUAL IS REAL

Good news and bad news from Mark Rutte. The good news is kids will go back to school. That’s lucky, because at our house we were going to send kids back to school even if it was still closed. ‘Sit at the gate until 3:00. We’ll pick you up then.’ But bad news for adults….

WEEK 2 IN QUARANTINE: BACK TO WORK FROM HOME?

Well, things are still weird. Who would have thought we would say to our kids: ‘It’s so nice outside. Why don’t you play video games?’  If you’re like me, you’re trying to balance kids that need help with Microsoft Teams schooling, keeping up with the latest information about the pandemic, and attending Zoom meetings at…

WORKING DURING CORONAVIRUS: STAY SMART, STAY ON MESSAGE, AND WE’LL GET THROUGH THIS

‘Hello and welcome to this day of interactive learning, exchanging best practices, and COUGHING INTO OUR ELBOWS!’ That’s how I began the workshop I ran for a front line service staff on March 10. Today, just a few days later, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte has stopped any events or gatherings of more than 100 people. Don’t…

ALMOST SPRING: A ZIGGO MIRACLE

It’s almost spring. Well, it’s not actually almost spring. But we’re a lot closer to spring than we are to the start of winter, and that’s good enough for me. Cause who doesn’t love spring? Flowers. Longer days. That first sunny day where everyone drops what they’re doing to sit on the terrace. (Doesn’t anyone in Amsterdam have…

2020: A POLITICAL YEAR AT BOOM CHICAGO

The year of the US presidential election is upon us. It’s the chance for America to end its experiment with Donald Trump and see what normal feels like. Or an opportunity to let the experiment continue, and the world can look on like Star Trek’s Mr Scott, warning that ‘We can’t hold on much longer…!’…

CAN’T SPELL INCLUSION WITHOUT YES-AND (OKAY YOU CAN. BUT STILL…)

There is a lot of attention now for creating an inclusive environment, but for many it’s like supporting a good cause, not something that’s good business. Organizations are like: ‘Hire a diverse workforce and trying to include a range of ages, ethnicities, religions and worldviews? Check. Wow, we now have an inclusive workplace!’ Unfortunately, diversity is…

TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES AND GO WITH THE FLOW

I just spent a week in Bengaluru working with partners on a high level leadership program for an international company. Having never been to India, I was in learning/new experiences mode from the moment I got in my cab from the Bengaluru airport to the hotel and realized my driver wasn’t wearing shoes. Like Marge…

I GUESS A.I. IS COMING FOR MY JOB…?

Up until recently, A.I. still seemed like that thing that dystopian movies like The Matrix scared us with. Many of us thought A.I. could be a threat, but it seemed like something we would never actually see happen. Kinda how we thought about Donald Trump in the summer of 2016. But little by little, A.I., and its even more…

WINNERS SOMETIMES QUIT

As a comedian, I sometimes view the world with a cynical eye, asking: ‘What’s funny here? What’s so ridiculous it deserves to be made fun of?’ But this week, on a tiny island off the coast of Croatia, it is tough to be cynical. I’m here as host of a two-day marketing event, and I’m…