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LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU LAUGH

2. Humor Makes Business Better

BE HONEST, BE KIND

I was backstage at an event recently, and a speaker was about to go on. She was nervous, checking that her presentation was in order and that the technicians had her latest deck (as oppose to her second-to-latest deck, the one she emailed last night). While asking her the correct way to pronounce her name (my guess…

“BUSY” DOESN’T MEAN “FINE”; IT MEANS FREAKING “BUSY.”

Last week I was at a meeting and asked what I should write about in this blog post. Someone suggested, “Are you planning to take it easy this summer? Not us!” And then I would mention all the stuff we’ve got going on at Boom Chicago over the summer. But I had to say to…

BUSY TIMES REQUIRE FLEXIBILITY

Happy Spring! If you’re like us, you spent the long Dutch Easter weekend relaxing after opening a new show, “The Future is Here… And it is Slightly Annoying.” In addition, I just finished a crazy six weeks of non-stop travel gigs. And being busy leads to stress. How do I handle busy periods? With improv of…

WELCOME TO THE NETHERLANDS; YOU’RE GONNA KINDA LOVE IT HERE!

Dear British, Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh Companies, Employees, Managers and Teams, Brexit, huh? Yikes. It’s on, then it’s off, then it’s on, then it’s off. Is this a major decision involving the economic fate of a kingdom, a continent, and perhaps the world? Or is it my dog deciding whether or not it wants…

RECESSION-PROOF YOUR COMPANY & BEAT THE ECONOMIC DARK LORD

The Economist’s R-Word index looks at the number of times the word “recession” appears in print to gauge whether or not a real recession is on the way. (Not to be confused with their “Big Mac Index” which uses the price of a Big Mac to determine if a country’s currency is properly valued. The Economist: where wacky indexes tell…

HUMOR TAKES CULTURE OUT TO BRUNCH

Culture, Peter Drucker (allegedly) noted, eats strategy for breakfast. And every company wants to know the magic formula to get that super company culture that encourages hard work, long hours, ownership, risk-taking (but, you know, not too much risk taking), and a willingness to say, “Holiday bonus? No, just working here is all the bonus…

HOW I MET OBAMA: PLAN FIRST, THEN BE FLEXIBLE AS HELL

I was in Helsinki a month ago to host the Nordic Business Forum. It was an exciting challenge: a two day business event with 7,500 people physically present, another 20,000 watching a live stream, some fantastic, inspiring speakers, and the big finale: a dialogue with President Obama. (Yes, this was the day before he was…

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