During the Olympics, P&G has been running spots in which athletes express gratitude for the support of their mothers. While parents playing an active role in their children’s lives is by no means a new concept, these ads seem to reflect the noticeable trend of parents of Millennials being involved longer and more intricately than in generations past.
Think you have a killer resume? Chances are yours looks skimpy in comparison to Barbie’s. According to her website, the doll has had more than 130 careers over the years. Starting as a teen model back in 1959, she later went on to hold positions such as surgeon, astronaut, chef, and presidential candidate (not to mention American Idol winner, too).
While medal-winning athletes may be the top attention-getters at the Olympics, most give a great deal of credit to their coaches. So important is this role that the U.S. Olympic Committee came up with The Order of Ikkos, a special medal that each U.S. Olympic or Paralympic medalist can present to his or her coach to acknowledge the person’s contribution to achieving world-class success. (Ikkos is the first recorded Olympic coach in Ancient Greece.)
Ah, how time flies. One minute, you’re a swaggering teenage sweathog, the next you’re turning the big 6-0. He may be getting mail from the AARP, but admirers of all ages still love everything from John Travolta’s sparkling blue eyes to his make-you-smile dance moves. (Fans in Los Angeles are gathering today in his honor to take part in a massive sing-along screening of his classic film Grease.)
In honor of the Winter Games in Sochi, consider boosting workplace morale by hosting your own Office Olympics. The energy, teamwork, and fun created can be the perfect antidote against the blahs of this never-ending winter. (If management seems resistant, ask if they’d consider it as a fundraiser for charity.)
In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some interesting findings about work and love:
Your boss may be great, but you don’t want to date.
The Marlin Company – a workplace communications company – asked some 750 workers this question: “Assuming it was possible, would you date your boss?” Only 2% said “yes,” with a solid majority, 78%, saying “no.”