By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to more fully engage your staff. Reading time: 2:56
Singing the Monday Morning Blues. We’ve all been there. At least Ogden Nash unleashed his sense of poetic injustice when the comic poet and a Broadway lyricist observed:
is the day
when life becomes
because you have to
The leader read that ditty in jest as if it were a Dilbert redux at one of his Monday morning staff meetings.
Everyone laughed. Then the leader paused and pensively challenged his staff:
What could they do
as leaders to convert
from the grotesque
out of burlesque?
Burlesque? Well at least work should fun, entertaining and even amusing if not challenging and rewarding.
Yet job satisfaction surveys consistently show most employees are disengaged, unsatisfied, unfulfilled in the 9-to-5 world.
So unfulfilled that job dissatisfaction today has become the prime predictor of heart attacks—more so than smoking, more so than high cholesterol and more so than a lack of exercise.
But wait. It gets worse: Monday morning is quite literally a killer. More people die on Monday mornings between 8 and 9 than any other time of the week. Continue reading