APPRECIATION SOUND OFF
Start staff meetings with a time to Sound Off about the things that have gone well since the last meeting.
KAZOO TO YOU
I spent 30 years in Kalamazoo, Michigan, known as K'zoo, where kazoos were fun musical instruments. Give staff members kazoos, and when something is said that they can respond "yes" to, agree with, or otherwise like, have them blow their kazoos instead of responding in the typical way.
Make a sheet like the one below that lists words, acronyms, and common phrases that are used in your organization or education in general. Give each staff member a copy of the sheet and explain that to receive a prize they simply need to mark off five squares in one staff meeting and shout "BINGO!" If there is no winner, distribute new game sheets at the next meeting. You'll be amazed at how the staff's listening skills will be enhanced.
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GRIN AND SHARE IT
A Thanksgiving Poem
'Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep.
I tried counting backwards; I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned, the dark meat and white
But I fought the temptation with all of my might.
As I tossed and turned with anticipation
The thought of a snack became infatuation.
So I race to the kitchen, flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots and beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling, so plump and so round,
'Til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell, as I soared past the trees:
"Happy eating to all, pass the cranberries please."
Drive your staff happy!
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