Whistle While You Work (But Only if You're Winning)
We're all for smiling at work—that is, until we start losing.
Just watch what happened when the Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson was caught smiling and laughing during the Cardinals 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night football. A short video clip of the lighthearted moment has triggered a bit of a frenzy. Post-game questions about the incident resulted in a tirade from Anderson and set off a storm of discussion in locker rooms and sports talk radio shows all over the country.
Here is a NY Times blog post. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard spoofed the Anderson episode here. Criticism from former Laker’s star Magic Johnson on Jimmy Kimmel here. Here is Cardinals coach Ken Wisenhunt’s press conference. The Arizona Republic reporter who asked the question, Kent Somers, has a blog here
It raises an interesting question for the Take the Work out of Work Moonshot...
Is it OK to have fun, play, and enjoy the work you’re doing if the business results are less than favorable? In other words, is smiling only allowed when you're winning?