Fun at Work: From the Erratic Minds Behind Inspirational Creatures — Office Gifts

On the Twelvedy-Sixth (126th) Birthday of JRR Tolkien

Wednesday, January 3rd marks the 126th anniversary of the birth of John Ronald Reuel (JRR) Tolkien.  Today, our world is permeated by the work of Mr. Tolkien. In addition to the blockbuster movies made by Peter Jackson, Amazon is developing a series set in the world of Middle Earth (a report from Deadline estimates the cost of the LOTR rights for that series around $200-$250 million).  Not to mention Tolkien's influence can be seen everywhere from the new Will Smith movie Bright to the writings for that other RR guy with a fantasy world.   Why? That, of course is a question with...


The Last Jedi and Holiday Gift Giving

Attention:  The following does not contain spoilers as I haven't seen the movie yet.  It might contain ill-informed speculation (that's kind of my thing).   According to Forbes, The Last Jedi did between $45 and $50 Million on it's opening Thursday.  This is an amazing testament to Joseph Campbell.  As you might know Campbell's book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces was a key touchpoint for George Lucas in the development of the original trilogy.  I tend to think that the conscious use of the Hero's Journey (hidden parentage, the call to adventure, refusal of the call, etc) is what makes...


Holiday 2017: A New Approach to Gifts for Coworkers

Every year around this time, people throughout the country start to think about what to give bosses, assistants, and co-workers in general as a holiday gift.  Personal gifts can be touchy.  A bottle of wine is not always appropriate.  And many gifts are just stale. One of the challenges we see, is that most of these gifts don't reflect the life that we share with our co-workers.  We spend so much time at work.  We spend so much of our lives with our coworkers.  But when it comes to gift-giving we often ignore all of that time spent together and...