Tag Archives: laughter

Having a bad day


I can always count on Mike Desjardins from ViRTUS  to give me a smile. He shares the following video with his staff if someone is having a bad day.


What would you do if you couldn’t be a rock star?

Have you ever contemplated a drastic career change? Sometimes the thought could be frightening or exhilarating. Jobs come and go. As well, specific responsibilities and the scope of some jobs change. What we want out of work also changes, with our values shifting as we get older. Are we all happy doing what we’re doing right now, this very moment? Could we think of doing anything else?

I was watching TV the other night, and caught the last 20 minutes of the classic 1984 mock ‘rockumentary’ This is Spinal Tap. This funny movie left us with many iconic pop culture lines such as “It’s like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.” and “Put it up to eleven.”
“Eleven. Exactly. One louder.”

Some of the best lines are at the end when they are running the credits.  The documentary filmmaker, Marty DiBergi, played by Rob Reiner asks the bandmembers “If you could not play Rock and Roll, what would you do?” Some of the answers are hilarious, but my favourite is the exchange between Marty DiBergi and lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel played by Christopher Guest at the very end. Start watching at 4:30

Nigel Tufnel: [on what he would do if he couldn’t be a rock star] Well, I suppose I could, uh, work in a shop of some kind, or… or do, uh, freelance, uh, selling of some sort of, uh, product. You know…
Marty DiBergi: A salesman?
Nigel Tufnel: A salesman, like maybe in a, uh, haberdasher, or maybe like a, uh, um… a chapeau shop or something. You know, like, “Would you… what size do you wear, sir?” And then you answer me.
Marty DiBergi: Uh… seven and a quarter.
Nigel Tufnel: “I think we have that.” See, something like that I could do.
Marty DiBergi: Yeah… you think you’d be happy doing something like-…
Nigel Tufnel: “No; we’re all out. Do you wear black?” See, that sort of thing I think I could probably… muster up.
Marty DiBergi: Do you think you’d be happy doing that?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, I don’t know – wh-wh-… what’re the hours?

I don’t know about you,  I just can’t picture Nigel Tufnel being happy selling hats. 🙂

The Ultimate Productivity Tool

Yoga, adrenaline sports, education, networking, training.

Yes, all of these will undoubtedly help you in life, but here’s another tool that is so often overlooked: sleep.

My life has changed a lot over the last few years, and I’ve become increasingly aware of the importance of sleep. Nights out, work demands, sports, pregnancy, and a restless toddler all conspire against a quiet night’s rest.  When I was younger I could make do with four or five hours of sleep, leaning on my coffee mug when required. Now, irritability and blandness creeps in where my creativity and sense of humour used to be. And now I realize:

Sleep brings more joy, effectiveness and productivity into our lives. It is vital to every type of success.

Arianna Huffington’s funny TED Talk about the importance of balance and getting your Z’s really hit home. A successful entrepreneur in her own right, she points out that having a high IQ or a busy schedule doesn’t translate into successful business or good leadership. Even the most brilliant leaders require time for reflection and rest to make the most of their abilities.

Ms. Huffington seems to be on to something! Years ago, she badly injured herself after falling due to exhaustion. She then re-engineered her entire life to incorporate more sleep. Last week she sold her 5+ year old company, the Huffington Post, for USD $315 million. Not a bad return on investment.

~ Julie Steele

Flash Mob at the company Christmas party

MAC Marketing Solutions is one of those companies that knows how to work hard, and knows how to play hard. Their annual Christmas party includes their hardworking fun staff as well as their loyal clients.  The annual MAC party has garnered a reputation for being the place to be. This year, they elevated the experience, and surprised their clients with a Flash Mob. The 70’s themed party allowed everybody to let loose and have some fun. The fun part was watching clients spontaneously join in. What a great company culture to have everyone in the company bust out in a synchronized dance during their party!

~ Jessica Rozitis

The Origin of Job Interviews

Check out this amusing video clip from BBC’s The Armstrong and Miller Show.  We hope your company doesn’t still interview this way!

Life Lesson: All value is subjective

A humouristic approach on how to appreciate and give intangible value to what already exists. With some good whole hearted Canadianism thrown in, Rory Sutherland gives a highly entertaining exposé on perceived value.

Rory’s musings can be applied culturally to an organization in the act of placing material value on what you’ve previously discounted for being intangible. At McNak we can’t help but think of how important social media, be it on an internal or external basis, fits this concept in enhancing teams and brand. Quoting Rory ‘…you realize you are much much wealthier than you’ve ever imagined.’

~ Sarah McNeill

Recharge – the 90 day Reset Strategy

‘Team building doesn’t build teams. Build them a strategy.’- Keith McFarland

Following the wisdom of Keith McFarland for our strategy session we began our 90 day reset yesterday. We keyed in on the successes of the last 90 days and fine tuned our next 90. As part of our team’s commitment to excellence we tied an extended session on team development to our 90 day reset strategy. Lead by ViRTUS, our focus this session was on the Communication Model. Diversity of personality types and working styles made this process a most enjoyable learning experience. With our new found awareness about ourselves and each other, we left with our missions, both collective and individual, clearly in place.

A couple of themes stand out from this tremendously valuable session:

1. Breakthrough performance is hard. It really is. But no one ever said that getting to the top of your game isn’t. Our McNak team has dedicated themselves to charting a course set on taking our company to levels higher than we’ve ever believed we could before. And pushing ourselves to new levels we really are having a tremendous amount of fun. We’ve got a great recipe and a team to do it!

2. Communication is paramount. When teams are going through fast growth, the strength of a team is strongly based on how communication is delivered by all team members. Active and precision listening, as well as setting context and intentions were a few of the gems for ensuring clarity and understanding in a dynamic workspace. Thank you ViRTUS, we couldn’t have done this without you!

3. It feels good to laugh. Maybe this is a McNak thing. We’ve made a pact that every hour of our work day should experience laughter! It’s all part of the plan. (One of our metrics) We’ll keep up with this exercise!

~ Sarah McNeill