Casual Friday: Deep Thoughts

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Do you feel like killing some time this morning while the community pot of coffee is brewing?  Trying to find that just-right segue for your upcoming PowerPoint presentation?  Check out, an excellent source for inspiring and funny quotes on just about every element of the human experience.  You'll need to create an account to peruse more than a few pages into the results lists, but it's worth it in my opinion.  Browse through the alphabetical topics to Business, and you'll find over 250 quotes for that word alone.  Other business-related topics to also peruse include: Success, Politics, and Money. Here are a few zingers to start your day:

“To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is an art” -Chinese proverb

“Business is like sex. When it's good, it's very, very good; when it's not so good, it's still good.” - George Katona

“Don't tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I'll tell you what they are.” - James W. Frick

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” -Mark Twain

“Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.” -Earl Nightingale

Casual Friday: What’s in a name?


Answer:  A mouse click!  What if you’re trying to commercialize the next best thing since sliced bread,  you’re having a hard time figuring out your soon-to-be-a-household-name moniker, and you can't afford the services of Strategic Name Development as described in Laura's older post?  Enter the Casual Friday version of 'What's in a name?', in which you need only visit Company Name Generator.  How do you think we came up with bizologie?  (kidding!) Just hit the Generate button over and over, and let the spiffy code do all the work of making a name and checking to see if its .com address is available.   Or if you prefer to be deeply devoted to your domain’s derivation (I can’t resist consonance), go to the Advanced page.  There you can play a game not unlike Wheel of Fortune.  Enter the consonants and vowels you want and choose their arrangement pattern before clicking Generate.  If that’s still not enough, select the More Options button, choose from categories of prefixes and suffixes, and let the generator Frankenstein them into often hilarious results.

Casual Friday: Don McMillan Day


We haven't had a Casual Friday in a while, and that's a tragedy that will be rectified now by some quality business comedy, courtesy of Don McMillan.  He's one half engineer, one half comedian, and his office-related humor is well worth watching, especially if you've ever seen a bad PowerPoint presentation. Caveat:  These are standup videos, so expect the general qualities of standup comedy, e.g. stereotypes, that may make them unsuitable for office viewing (in case you work in an un-fun office).

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Office Math

Marketing Statistics

Business Dress

Last but not least, Don's magnum opus:  Life After Death By PowerPoint

Casual Friday: Making You Mirthful- Part Two


TGIF again!  Now for the resolution of the comic cliffhanger from last Friday's installment of business themed comics.  Here's another series of five excellent suspects.  Bring on the PowerPoint fodder! 6.  Fat Cats by Charlie Podrebarac

7.  Joe Vanilla by Mark Litzler

8.  Retail by Norm Feuti

9.  Working Daze by John Zakour & Scott Roberts

10.  Working It Out by Charlos Gary

This one's from Retail:

Casual Friday: Making You Mirthful- Part One


TGIF!  Because I’m in such an effervescent mood, I wanted to incite rampant mass happiness (Ok, maybe just a snicker or two) with business-themed comics!  Here are the links to five terrific titles to get you through the work day.  Stay tuned for the second installment coming next Friday. 1.  9 to 5 by Harley Schwadron

2.  Bottomliners by Eric and Bill Teitelbaum

3.  Business Casual by Joe Combs

4.  Dilbert by Scott Adams

5.  Farcus by David Waisglass & Gordon Coulthart

This one's from Business Casual: