As the leader of a creative organization, many expect Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month and our guest blogger this week, to be a natural when it comes to conjuring a magical workplace. How is he doing? Read on to learn some ideas from Grant and the NaNoWriMo team that you can use to lighten up your workplace—and suggest some ideas of your own. Making the world a better place is hard work—shouldn’t we make the trip as fun as possible?
I was recently on a panel of executive directors, and I was asked, "How do you bring magic into the workplace?"
I might have blushed with embarrassment. My first thought, was, "Um, I'm not sure if I do bring magic into the workplace." I'm not necessarily a geyser of inspiration, at least not on an ordinary workday. I don't preach, swagger, or sing. I occasionally read a motivational quote or two, but only occasionally.
My next thought was that I don't think my staff—or my colleagues and friends, as I'd prefer to think of them—necessarily look to me to bring any magic into the workplace. Who appointed me the bestower of motivational spells, after all?