Did you know that February is the International Expect Success Month?  And Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month.  And Youth Leadership Month.  And National Cherry Month.  And Learn Italian Month.  And…

Each month — each day actually — carries a list of designations.  Some are more meaningful, but all are out there for your viewing pleasure.  Most of them may be silly, but you can use this levity to your favor.  Adding serendipity to the workplace (or family dinner, classroom or organizational meeting) can go a long way in improving morale and beating the winter blues.

For example, one of my staff members brought in an assortment of flavored popcorn to a meeting on National Popcorn Day (January 19 ).  All the men in the office could go out to lunch on Man Day (February 11).  You could encourage everyone to do only one thing at a time on Single-Tasking Day (February 21).  Colleagues could all call each other only by their middle name on Middle Name Pride Day (March 9).  Or everyone could get into the spirit on Act Happy Day (March 19).  Or enjoy a childhood favorite by blowing bubbles on National Bubble Week (March 20-26).  You get the idea.

To get more ideas, look on-line or see if your library has a copy of Chase’s Calendar of Events.  When I was working in student activities, it was my favorite resource to add some serendipity to an otherwise dull day on campus.  It can go a long way in adding some fun to your workplace too.  

There is nothing like unexpected silliness to get a smile, even from the curmudgeons.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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