The one-two punch combination of fun and work

6 06 2016

“Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right – when he knocks you down, you’ll sleep for the night; and when you lie on the floor and the ref counts to ten, hope and pray that you never meet me again.” ~ Muhammad Ali

I went to my quote source, looking for something about “sleeps” (see comic below), and the first one I read was this one.  I don’t know if there’s a grain of leadership kumbaya in there, but it’s fitting to pay tribute to the man who was crowned “Sportsman of the Century”, and who passed this weekend.  He brought personality and fun to his job, with rhymes like the one above, and the way he had fun in the ring.

Being able to have fun doing your job is a rare gift.  It’s OK to laugh while you work.  It’s fantastic to look forward to seeing people in the office… as long as you get the job done.  Having fun while being GOOD at your job is a blessing.  Having fun while not getting the job done is something that will eventually get you fired.  Leaders, be sure to find ways to make your team’s job just a little more fun than it was last week.  You just might find that by adding that little lift, you’ll actually increase production.

Speaking of sleeping…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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