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Recess at Work Day

Did you know that the third Thursday of June is Recess at Work Day? Try something totally different and play! Today would be the perfect day to work on team and creativity building. Promote employee morale and productivity. Connect to customers with play and something a little unexpected. Although this is an annual event, consider committing to the third Thursday of every month as Recess at Work Day. Try some of these books that can be found at your hometown library to find your fun and discover your delight.

Book jacket for Delivering Happiness by Tony HsiehDelivering Happiness: a path to profits, passion and purpose by Tony Hsieh

  • Pay brand-new employees $2,000 to quit
  • Make customer service the responsibility of the entire company-not just a department
  • Focus on company culture as the #1 priority
  • Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business
  • Help employees grow-both personally and professionally
  • Seek to change the world
  • Oh, and make money too . . .

Sound crazy? It's all standard operating procedure at Zappos, the online retailer that's doing over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually. After debuting as the highest-ranking newcomer inFortunemagazine's annual "Best Companies to Work For" list in 2009.


Book jacket for Fish! by Stephen LundinFish!: a remarkable way to boost morale and improve results by Stephen C. Lundin

Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion, and a positive attitude to the job every day. Imagine an environment in which people are truly connected to their work, to their colleagues, and to their customers. Addressing todays work issues (including employee retention and burnout) with an engaging metaphor and an appealing message that applies to any sector of any organization, Fish! offers wisdom that is easy to grasp, instantly applicable, and profound--the hallmarks of a true business classic. Based on a bestselling ChartHouse training video which has been adopted by corporations including Southwest Airlines, Sprint, and Nordstrom.

Book jacket for The Happiness Advantage by Shawn AchorHappiness Advantage: the seven principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work by Shawn Achor

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we'll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.

Book jacket for Right-Brain Business Plans by Jennifer LeeRight Brain Business Plan: a creative, visual map for success by Jennifer Lee

Lee, a coach and workshop facilitator, empowers readers to create a viable, visual business plan, relying on the imagination and intuition of the artistic, visionary side of the brain. The approach will be especially useful to artists, designers, healers, therapists, body work practitioners, and other creative entrepreneurs. Illustrated color worksheets and step-by-step instructions guide readers through steps for clarifying business values and goals, understanding the competition, identifying customers, and making plans for funding, marketing, and networking. The book's glossary defines traditional left-brain business terms and gives them new right-brain names used in the book; for example, the financial plan is a moola map, and the mission statement is a passion and purpose proclamation. The book's reader-friendly color layout includes color photos and illustrations, exercises and action steps, reflection prompts, and examples of visual plans from 22 right-brained entrepreneurs.

Book jacket for Smart Trust by Stephen M.R. CoveySmart Trust: creating prosperity, energy, and joy in a low-trust world by Stephen M. Covey

After illustrating the global relevance of trust with his book The Speed of Trust by selling more than one million copies in twenty-two languages, Stephen M. R. Covey again illuminates the hidden power of trust to change lives and impact organizations in Smart Trust. In a compelling and readable style, he and long-time business partner Greg Link share enlightening principles and anecdotes of people and organizations that are not only achieving unprecedented prosperity from high-trust relationships and cultures but—even more inspiring—also attaining elevated levels of energy and joy.

Book jacket for Thinkertoys by Michael MichalkoThinkertoys: a handbook of creative-thinking techniques by Michael Michalko

In hindsight, every great idea seems obvious. But how can you be the person who comes up with those ideas?
In this revised and expanded edition of his groundbreaking Thinkertoys, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook details ingenious creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways. Through fun and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal life and your business life. Michalko’s techniques show you how to look at the same information as everyone else and see something different.

With hundreds of hints, tricks, tips, tales, and puzzles, Thinkertoys will open your mind to a world of innovative solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday problems.

Book jacket for Work Happy by Jill GeislerWork Happy: what great bosses know by Jill Geisler

Management guru Jill Geisler has coached countless men and women who want to build their leadership skills, help employees do their best work, and make workplaces happy and successful. In WORK HAPPY, she provides a practical, step-by-step guide, based on real-world experience, respected research, and lessons that will transform managers and their teams. It's a workshop-in-a-book, designed to produce positive, immediate and lasting results.

Book jacket for The Zappos Experience by Joseph A. MichelliZappos Experience: 5 principles to inspire, engage, and wow by Joseph A. Michelli

The Zappos Experiencetakes you through—and beyond—the playful, offbeat company culture Zappos has become famous for. Michelli reveals what occurs behind the scenes at Zappos, showing how employees at all levels operate on a day-today basis while providing the big picture leadership methods that have earned the company $1 billion in annual gross sales during the last ten years—with almost no advertising. Michelli breaks the approach down into five key elements:

  • Serve a Perfect Fit—create bedrock company values
  • Make it Effortlessly Swift—deliver a customer experience with ease
  • Step into the Personal—connect with customers authentically
  • S T R E T C H—grow people and products
  • Play to Win—play hard, work harder
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