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One night 4 MBA students were out partying till late and didn’t study for the test which was scheduled for the next day. In the morning, they thought of a plan. They made themselves look as dirty and weird as thy could with grease and dirt. They then went up to the dean and said that they had gone out to a wedding last night and on their return a tire burst, and they had to push the car all the way back and they were in no condition to appear for the test.
The dean was a just person, so he said that they could take the test in 3 days. They said they would be ready by that time. On the 3rd day, they appeared before the dean. The dean said that this was a special condition test.
All 4 were required to sit in separate classrooms for the test. They all agreed as they had prepared well in the last 3 days. The test consisted of 2 questions worth a total of 100 points.
Q1. Write down your name. (2 points)
Q2. Which tire burst? (98 points)
From Bipin Gopinath Mayekar, Prasanna HRD Private Limited
We have had an annual "Mystery Fun Day" for 2 years here at Northside Christian Church; only the Executive Pastor, Executive Secretary, and myself create the day. Top Secret; not even the Sr. Pastor knows what we are going to do.
1st Year – Safety Day Testing
We had breakfast at Denny’s and I put a "Bible" character name tag on the back of each employee. The rule was this "you could ask questions of others to get hints of who you were". For example; am I in the OT or the NT, man or female, etc.? It was a total hoot. I made the youth pastor Jezebel. The place was buzzing with excitement and I laughed my head off.
There is a family game park called "Boomers’; we purchased passes for everyone. We spent two hours climbing rock walls, playing laser tag; video games, golf and water games. It was a total hoot; everyone was age 12 all over again. The competition was fierce on the racecourse….
We went to a rated "G" movie, and stuffed ourselves with soda, popcorn and candy. After the movie we went to get ice cream. People are still talking about this day; now we look forward to it annually.
Year – The Great Race (We filmed at each location; it was hysterical)
We had a "racing course" with pylons; the vehicle was a heavy duty John Deer bicycle that the guys could fit on. As each team arrived they had to ride the course and tag the next team member. At the conclusion of the relay they were given the hint to the next location.
The 2nd "hint" was in Spanish (a very nasty thing to do to a group where no one speaks Spanish!) They were stopping people on the street, Mexican Resturants, etc. trying to get someone to translate the note. The ultimate location was a Spanish Language station on the South West side of town (our town has several Spanish Language Stations). When they arrived they had to complete one of two "hula hoop" exercises.
Everyone in the team must successfully "keep the hula hoop" up in motion for 2 minutes.
Added Bonus — Cool PR for our organization
The TV station put our people on the news because they thought it was hysterical; we had our Pastors and staff doing these exercises on the sidewalk in front of the TV station.
Back to "Boomers" the family game park we went to last year (a very, very popular option). This year we just paid for the racing cars; school was in session so it was hysterical to see our "grown-ups" patiently waiting among little kids for their ride on the racing car.
Last location: Woodward Park
We had a reserved spot for our group; we decorated it with a racing them. We hired a D.J. who played different themes for each team as they arrived; the winning team theme song was "Rocky"; the last group had some ridiculous song that reminded me of a turtle. We had a full BBQ catered, dessert, and we had an awards ceremony for the winning team and the last team. At this event we also recognized any employees that were celebrating a 5, 10 , etc. year anniversary. We give them gift certificates based on years of service.
Thanks, Carol Lerma, for sharing these great ideas with us
and inspiring us all to do the same with our staff!
tips on inspiring great employees from
It's the morning rush hour in north Atlanta. I'm on my way to help a client improve their ability to deliver projects successfully. Today’s bumper-to-bumper traffic makes my 5 mile hop a 50 minute journey. Looking at the blank stares on the drivers inching along the highway with me, it's clear this delay is just business as usual.
My hometown of Chicago serves up plenty of traffic challenges so the issue isn't one of surprise. What strikes me today is how easily we put up with wasted time. Whether it's the daily crawl commuting to and from work, the mind-numbing anguish of directionless meetings, or the needless time re-working the fallout of a poorly planned project, our days are filled with wasted time.
A few years ago I had a fascinating interview with one of my heroes: Zig Ziglar. He talked about using commute times as Automobile University, quoting a University of Southern California study that found 12,000 miles of metropolitan area driving a year for three years afforded enough time to learn the equivalent of two years of college education.
If you have an MP3 player and you’re not intentionally listening to podcasts, electronic books, or other resources focused on areas you want to develop, you’re missing an easy way to take advantage of Zig’s idea. The iPod has changed my personal development strategy, not because of the seemingly endless amount music onboard as much as the learning I get any time I’m on the road, working out, or have other time available to absorb more learning.
Are you enrolled in Automobile University? Are you using your MP3 player to better use your time?
I’m doing more e-learning. I have found I can maximize my training time and dollar by choosing online options for selected topics I want to grow in. And I can do it without the time and cost of getting on a plane or driving in that traffic!. If you haven’t tried e-learning lately, I highly suggest you add it to your professional development strategy.
Speaking of traffic jams and personal development, check out our new e-learning release on managing conflict (Beyond a Rock & a Hard Place
If you involve staff (or not) in developing a strategic plan, but they never see it being implements, get to participate in implementing it, or it isn’t even being implemented, you are missing not only the benefits your organization gets from implementing the great, forward moving strategies, BUT you lose a wonderful retention technique!
"Organizations don’t fail for lack of vision or talent. They
fail for lack of execution." —
T.J. Rodgers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductors
Mike Femlee, The Prouty Project, has a wonderful idea:
Michael Mankins and Richard Steele wrote a great article published in the Harvard Business Review
recently entitled, "Turning Great Strategy into Great Performance". They interviewed senior executives from 197 companies worldwide with sales exceeding $500 million and learned that despite differences in product markets and geographies, they shared many of the same concerns over planning and execution. Their survey indicated that, on average, most strategies deliver only 63% of their potential financial performance. On a grading scale, this is a "D" at best.
The Top 3 Reasons:
Obviously, this performance would not be acceptable to your Board of Directors, your senior leaders or your shareholders. Then, why is it happening? And, more importantly, why are you continuing to let this happen?
The Reality Check
This is where we believe many strategic planning processes fail. Simply stated, you can miss the opportunity to "brutally" evaluate the reasonableness of your plan in the context of existing systems, structure, people, culture, and processes. Without a "Brutal" assessment of each of these factors, no wonder you don’t deliver the financial results you forecast. The cold, harsh reality is that you never really had a chance.
Here are 3 guaranteed ways to fine-tine your "strategic"
Challenge your Board of Directors or members of your Advisory
Council in a no-holds barred evaluation of your strategic plan.
It’s not about patting you on the back for your brilliance.
Rather, challenge them to help you sniff out the blind spots and
the fallacies in your logic.
Share your plan with 35 "contrarians" (an eclectic mix of
employees not on the senior leadership team) and ask them what
they like about your plan. More importantly, ask them what they
don’t like and what changes they would make if they were wearing
the CEO hat.
|Ask a group of 3-5 CEOs from different industries to weigh in on your strategic plan. They don’t have any skin in the game and can be brutally honest in their assessment of your plan. Chances are, they’ve tried many of the strategies you believe will help move your organization forward. Listen well to their insights and perspectives and react accordingly.|
Do you have the courage to embark on these types of reality checks? Do so, and I’m convinced you will better position your organization to execute its strategic plan. No question, you’re responsible for the execution of your plan. The actual tactics will be delegated but the responsibility and accountability are clearly yours. So, make sure you perform your reality checks early and often and put the missing piece(s), staff, back into your strategic planning.
Adapted from article by Mike Femlee, The Prouty Project
May 8-10, 2007
Fourth Annual Leadership and Women of Color Conference
, Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA, http://www.spelmanwomenofcolorconf.com/home/index.aspx
June 22-24, 2007
HUMOR Project’s The Positive Power of Humor & Creativity Conference,
Silver Bay, NY,
June 24-27, 2007
SHRM’s 59th Annual Conference & Exposition
, Las Vegas, NV,
June 25-27, 2007
Training Director’s Forum Leadership Summit
, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Phoenix, AZ,
July 29-31, 2007
World Future 2007: Fostering Hope and Vision for the 21st Century,
Hilton Minneapolis and Towers Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota,
October 10-12, 2007
HR Technology Conference
, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, http://www.HRtechnologyconference.com
Take Pride T-Shirts
(http://www.takepride.com) was founded by a group of friends who all share the belief that the more difficult the mission facing our military, the more deserving they are of our thanks and support. Each unique shirt design provides a glimpse into the life of a different US Service member who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and is hand silk-screened. The message of the shirts isn’t political, it's about acknowledging, celebrating, and taking pride in the spirit of young Americans who despite facing an extremely difficult job and unpleasant conditions, nonetheless strive to do their job well. Take Pride gives at least 20% of profits to charities and causes that assist combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Are your shelves full of books you’ve
Join http://www.novelaction.com, an online book-exchange store. Select books from their site, and send in an equal number of books in exchange.
Set a reminder to visit http://www.thebreastcancersite.com daily and click this button to help underprivileged women get mammograms.
helps you find organizations in your area that spark your interest in volunteering.
Global Volunteers (
select by type of work project
select by country and date
select by service program conditions
select by cost
Recycle yogurt containers and old toothbrushes!
Recycline’ Preserve partnered with Stonyfield Farm and is recycling yogurt containers into toothbrush handles. Old toothbrushes are used to make plastic lumber for picnic tables. Go to http://www.recycline.com for details.
Responsibly Dispose of Your Old Electronics
Donate Old Cell Phones
911 Cell Phone Bank provide free emergency cell phones to needful people through partnerships with law enforcement organizations, http://www.911CellPhoneBank.com
PCs, cell phones, printers, CDs diskettes, etc., with GreenDisk.
For $29.95, they send a 70-pound-capacity box.When it’s full, you download postage from their website and ship it back. Your “junk” then goes to workshops for the disabled and are refurbished. http://www.greendisk.com
PCs and other computer products
at Hewlett Packard and Dell. See their websites for details.
local Electronics recyclers
at http://www.earth911.org and http://www.ebay.com/rethink
EASY TO BE GREEN!
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