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You were definitely fun to work hard for. :-)

This week I was reminded of a saying by George Bernard Shaw that I think is relavent: 'You don't stop playing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop playing.'

Work hard, play often.

What a great perspective! Thanks for sharing the quote.

Saw on a bumper sticker: Don't take life too seriously. It's not permanent.

Thanks, Kathleen!

Your last paragraph is the "hook". It's about taking a risk - exposing that soft underbelly - and not worrying about it being miscontrued as "He's not a serious businessman.". I once dressed up as Elvis while under your "command", did a skit with a very well thought of executive, and it worked because the RIGHT perspective was maintained. It was all in the delivery. Being funny does not make you a clown, it makes people smile. When I was a sales manager at IBM, I would remind my team, "People buy from people they like". Sometimes you can be liked for being smart AND having a quick wit. And you proved that they aren't mutually exclusive.

Final thought - Unfortunately I think that the days of humor (including at our old hangout) have dwindled. With more focus on productivity, less "teaming" as there are fewer opportunities to meet with teammates, and a general malaise in a troubled market, I miss the days of the branch office meeting, the skits at sales conferences, and the pure TIME available to have FUN have, at least for now, passed.

I hope they come back.


You are a great example of what you have written about here. You never took yourself too seriously and that allowed the team to relax and smile. Even when things were tough and timelines tight, you had a smile to offer and something funny to add. This allowed us to pick up the pace without adding to the pressure. Thanks for insisting we laugh at ourselves and at each other. It made a difference in our level of engagement.

Thanks, Ed and Perry - I agree. Times have changed and the pressures are clearly higher, but let's keep erring on the side of a little laughter.

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