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More Fun at Work

OK, so in my last post I mentioned that it is all our own responsible to make our own workplace fun. I am re-reading a fabulous Jon Gordon book called The Energy Bus. One of the points he makes in the book is that more people die Monday morning at 9:00 than any other day or time because people would rather die than go to work. OK, so I wasn't this bad and I am sure that you're not either, but what can we do to make work fun? Usually the best things are the most simple. Here's a few that anyone can do.
Start with a smile. In fact start with a smile campaign. Post smilies all over and see how people react.
Who doesn't love food? Host a potluck or a themed event like build a taco or spaghetti day and see how creative people can be. My husband decided to have fun at work today by bringing in an enormous pot of sausage and peppers. He is going to be a hero AND he is going to have a fun day.
If you don't have a strict dress code then have a fun t-shirt (no profan…

Work is Fun?

Recently I changed positions at work and I found that I had a real difficult time adjusting. I went from being in the field to being split between field time and office time and I was not enjoying it. In fact, although this was a move in the right direction for me, I felt like someone had let the air out of my tires. Instead of waking up on Monday mornings energized and looking forward to the people I would be interacting with I woke up dreading the day and the solitude.
As with most job changes when one person moves it causes a chain effect and many people in our organization moved into new roles at the same time I did. One person reached out looking for advice on how to adapt to his new situation. As usual, what I found in giving him advice is that I wasn't practicing what I preach. I wasn't living up to my own expectations. I was talking the talking, but certainly not walking the walk. Why wasn't I enjoying work? I wasn't making it enjoyable. It's not the new ro…

Hey Michigan! Get Out and Run!

Hey Michigan!  Get out and run!  We don't get too many February mornings that are near 50 degrees.  It is perfect running weather.  Not too hot and not too cold.  Perfect for shorts and a cold gear top.  If you have fallen off off your New Year's resolutions already it is a great time to get back on track.  Stop looking for a reason not to and start looking for reasons to get up and do it.  I'll help.  Here's a few:
1)  When you start your day doing something good for yourself the good feelings last all day long
2)  When you run into that girl you never liked in college or an ex you don't want to  say "I wish I started running a month ago"
3)  The early morning sky is beautiful, especially now with the full moon.

Turkey Chili

3 lbs ground turkey
1 onion - diced
3 cloves garlic – minced
1 bunch cilantro - chopped
1 orange pepper – julienned and cut into 2" pieces
2 large cans whole tomatoes
1 large can tomato sauce
2 large cans kidney beans – rinsed
2 small cans butter beans – rinsed
3 Tbs Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
White pepper
Paprika
1 Tbs Chili powder
1 tsp cumin
Tabasco Sauce


Heat the olive oil in a huge sauce pan. Add onion and garlic and cook for approx. 5 minutes. Add orange pepper and cook for 3 more minutes. Add the turkey, cilantro and all of the seasonings and cook until the turkey is browned. Add the tomatoes, sauce and beans and 2-3 cans of water (if you have time to cook for more than 60 minutes then add the full 3 cans of water). Break apart the tomatoes using a wooden spoon.  Bring to a simmer and then lower the heat to low. Simmer for 60 minutes.

Hire Right

Hiring is on of the most difficult tasks and one of the most important to the overall organization that leaders undertake. Make the right choice and it's smooth sailing. Make a wrong choice and whew look out. What makes it so difficult is that you are always seeing someone at their absolute best during an interview. Trust me. They won't ever be better or even as good as they are that day. For example if confidence is important in the role you are hiring for and the candidate seems nervous during the interview do not write it off as interview jitters. You are seeing their best. They are not the confident candidate you desire.
How to help yourself from making a mistake. Make a magic wand list. If you had a magic wand and could make the perfect person for the job appear what would that look like? What characteristics would they have? Take your time in the interview process and look for the candidate who has them all. Be patient and do not settle. You will find that pe…

Two Dips One Chip

Do you want to stick to your New Year's resolutions and still enjoy the Super Bowl?  Here are two healthy dips recipes to enjoy with one easy chip.

Hummus Dip
1 can chick peas - drained2 Tbs. Tahini1/4 C olive oiljuice from 1 lemon2 garlic clovessalt pepperdash of cayenne
Add all to a food processor and blend. Serve with pita chips (recipe below)

Try these variations
1)  add red pepper flakes
or
2) add 1 roasted red pepper

Baba ganoush dip
1 large eggplant
2 Tbs Tahini
1/4 C olive oil
Juice from 2 lemons
2 cloves garlic
salt
pepper

Trim the top off of the eggplant and cut in half. Place on a cookie sheet, cut side down, and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes – 1 hour or place on grill for 30-45 minutes. You want to char the skin. Cool completely. (throw in the snow to cool ) Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend. Serve with pita chips (recipe below).

Pita Chips
1 bag fresh pita chips
2-4 Tbs Olive Oil
Salt
Garlic Powder
Cut each piece of pita bread into 8-12 triangles. Place on cooki…