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People Just Wanna Have Fun!

Have you ever wondered about the dynamics of an organization? I have… and I truly enjoy learning about what makes a company tick. When I’m drawn to a company, it’s usually one of two things that I’m considering: services offered/needed or a personal relationship/recommendation.

But the thing that keeps me excited about working with a particular company and continuing to find ways to collaborate with them is, quite simply—fun.

When we started X Ventures, we took this idea to heart. While everyone knows that hard work is mandatory in running a successful business, having fun while working hard means ramping up the ability to be BETTER at what you do.

Reminding yourself to have a little fun during the course of the day is sometimes necessary to get that mojo going! I enjoy tag-team conversations that result in out-of-the-box ideas that continue to improve just because we’re open to hearing what each other has to say. Making time for fun and laughing with partners and clients establishes roots and a sense of camaraderie!

Just recently, I noticed that our team was dancing and running at maximum capacity, so I called “UNCLE” and used my (ahem) authority as a leader to impose a play date. We grabbed some beers and darts in our game conference room and had some fun. Yup, that’s right—I scheduled fun. And you know what? It was needed, even though at the time we didn’t KNOW we needed it!

Mixing a little fun in our daily work routine has a huge payback that we’ll never be able to fully qualify. Our friendships with one another are vital. Laughing together is critical. So, it’s par for the course for us to have a conference table that doubles as a huge backgammon board, and a white board that is tricked out as a dart board. We also play rock-paper-scissors when decision making as at a standstill on critical issues (totally kidding).

I really love that our team places enough value on one another to make a purposeful decision to have fun. So the next time work is weighing you down, and the stress is high, stop on over for a game of darts. Besides, Chip needs to be dethroned as supreme dart winner—pronto!

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