Shrek and Donkey live in my brain. My three-year-old daughter’s favorite game is to pretend she is Princess Fiona. She trots out the plush Donkey, Dragon and “Puss N’ Boots” dolls, but the Shrek doll always stays in the toybox. “Daddy, YOU be Shrek!” she says. And so it is, nearly every day.
So when I found myself at LavaCon 2010, naturally Shrek and Donkey were right there with me. They simply LOVED the conference. Shrek appreciated the focused approach of speakers from 4Js Group and Cloudspark Communications. Donkey absolutely OWNED the LavaKaraoke and is STILL talking about the “Make-Your-Own” Parfait bar!
So many of us have more than one side. And for so long, we’ve kept our “fun” side locked away, tidy and out of sight while we’re at work. It wasn’t “safe, sane or appropriate” to bring our entire selves with us to the office. Or so we thought.
Social Media has changed things. With the rise of social sharing, we’ve seen a new emphasis on authenticity. Business as usual has become somewhat dry. Can “corporate speak truly build an engaged social community?” Can formality drive passionate brand advocacy? I would say it seems increasingly unlikely.
So what are we to do? Well, it’s somewhat risky, but I’ve elected to bring my WHOLE self to work. See I’ve worked for years as a business analyst and operations manager, emphasizing the task-oriented side of my brain and personality. But I spent years before that in show business, making people laugh and smile.
For some reason, I thought “smiley guy” had no place in corporate America. Social Media has proved me wrong.
What about you? What parts of your heart, history and personality could bring joy, hope and optimism to your work place? In a era of longer hours and challenging economics, won’t our co-workers benefit from a levity and encouragement?
Is it a risk, or a transition? What would YOU think of bringing YOUR WHOLE SELF to work?