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  • Noon is the test of our fortitude at work

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    “Noon is always a little difficult: We suddenly feel a gnawing in the stomach, a slight irritability if the gnawing is not addressed. We look to the door or the view outside the window, ready to move away from the small view of our desk. At noon the light flattens, giving little shadow. In hot climates, the birds go silent and everything looks for shelter; but even in the busy northern latitudes, bereft of the siesta, we can feel a form of ennui at the center of the day, assessing already if anything really new has come from our morning. We need that glimmer of light to help us through the afternoon. Noon is the test of our fortitude and our dedication to the overall path we have made for ourselves. When we stop doing at lunch, we have to make some sense of all the doing.”

    Quote: David Whyte from Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity

    Photo: Jonathan Quarre

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  • Laughter in business: it paves the way for many things

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    “Laughter paves the way for many things. It’s one way to build intimacy between people, something every healthy team needs. Humor has always been a primary part of how I lead. If I can get someone to laugh, they’re at ease. If they see me laugh at things, they’re at ease. It creates emotional space, a kind of trust, to use in a relationship. Sharing laughter also creates a bank account of positive energy you can withdraw from, or borrow against, when dealing with tough issues at work. It’s a relationship cushion. […] Laughter leads to running jokes, and running jokes lead to a shared, history, and a shared history is culture.”

    – Scott Berkun, The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work

    Photo: Mike Gifford

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  • How to start a fire in your business

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    “To understand who people really are, start a fire. When everything is going fine, you see only the safest parts of people’s character. It’s only when something is burning that you find out who people really are. Of course, it’s wrong to set a fire on purpose, but if you have a small fire already burning, let it burn and see who, if anyone, complains, runs away, or comes to help. Similar truths are discovered by breaking rules: you need to break some to learn which are just for show and which ones matter.”

    Quote fromThe Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun

    Photo: Tim Hamilton