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Super Engagement!

February 3, 2012

New England…
The negative articles (and infographics) about the “big game’s” productivity suck are popping up like Monday morning quarterback rantings. Here’s ours…


Personally, I think all the super talk is a productivity enhancer. More on that later. For the record, I’m predicting a blowout by the Pats, somewhere in the 38-20 range. Yeah, I think the NE offensive line that rendered Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs “he who shall not be named by the broadcasters” during the AFC Championship will do the same to the Giants front four. That will allow Tom Brady to shred the origami NY secondary like a Huffington Post writer being eaten by their giant news aggregator. Plus, Gisele is praying for us… That’s the good news. The bad news is I’m no Swami. My career record on wicked big game predictions is about 3-42, but that said, the odds are with me, right?

Oh, the work stuff… Hallway conversations and “squares pools” (we have none of those evil vices here!) help employees engage with each other, and that leads to better collaboration and magical productivity. Just yesterday I chatted separately with our CMO and VP of Finance about the game. They’re both rooting for the Pats, so when it was over, we gave each other a manly butt-slap and bounced happily back to our offices. It’s not all fun and games, though. A good friend of mine here is a another big shot, but she’s no lover of Pat Patriot. As a “Jersey Girl,” she still hasn’t forgiven ownership for dissing the Tuna back in ’97. She’ll be pulling for the New York Football Giants. Can’t win ‘em all I guess, but the big game even helps me bond with my boss. She has ZERO interest in the game, but will “watch” with her husband because he’s a huge fan, AND she’ll prepare and serve game munchies to his friends because it will keep her from actually having to watch the game. I help her by providing ample fairy dust of pigskin wisdom she can sprinkle at will to mesmerize her hubby and his pals. Here’s a few examples:

  • “It looks like they’re using Gronk as a decoy.”
  • “There’ll be no back of the helmet catches this year, Manning!”
  • “Pretty cool Coughlin and Belichick worked together for the Tuna, huh?”

Oh, don’t worry. I coach her on when to dust the crowd. She’ll be a huge hit thanks to me, and I’ll remind her of the magic right before review time next year… For the rest of you, have fun and be careful out there. And if the toll of the festivities or the outcome of the game have you needing a personal or even a bereavement day, here are some handy excuses for why you can’t make it to work on Monday:

  • I lost my car in a bet on the Giants.
  • I’ve got a bad case of the Osi Umenyiora flu. Yeah, I’m flat on my back.
  • I didn’t even drink, but I saw Madonna’s Halftime Show and I’m still a little messed up.
  • My team lost, so you guys will be a lot more productive if I’m not there. It’s a win-win.
  • I’m still researching “cloud services” on

See you Tuesday!

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