Monday, May 12, 2014

The Esquire Guy Dispenses Hilarious Tips!

  • Fight the urge to fight.
  • Honesty isn't necessarily the right approach.
  • If you're squinting, shaking your fist, sneering, and stroking a white cat, then you're an evil genius in a James Bond movie, and you need to relax.

  • Platitudes are fine in a pinch.
  • Don't hang out too long, don't drink too much, don't act offended if they cause offense.
  • Wing Chun, but don't Wang Chung.

  • When typing your witty rejoinder on Twitter, first go to the drop down menu on the upper right, then select Sign Out.
  • If you're in the habit of sending letters, God bless you, for it's a dying art.
  • Never minimize the complaint, never maximize the complaint, either.

  • The 1st rule of energy, when it comes to meetings, is not too much and also not too little.
  • If you find a helpful energy tip in a YouTube clip of `Glengarry Glen Ross, do not let that tip inform your behavior in any way. 
  • The leader of a meeting is a facilitator.  Of discussion.  Solutions.  Pastries.

  • If you're not a close associate of the person whose brain you want to pick, never ask for more than 15 minutes.
  • "I'd like to ask you about your career," not "I'd like to ask you about my career."
  • There's no need to praise the person whose brain you're picking.  Your request for their time is praise enough.

There are many tips for the workplace, and many of them are useful and earnest.  But not many are funny.  The Esquire Guy does good with informative and hilarious tips.

Thank you for reading, and let me know what you think!

Ron Villejo, PhD

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