#36 — Mad Libs

I’ve been obsessed Mad Libs at work recently. It’s a great trick to clarify and simplify business writing. Whenever I can’t quite make my bullets read properly, I come up with a Mad Lib to make things consistent. It might be driving my team nuts as we write our monthly business reviews.

I came across two great frameworks this week along those lines…

1.) Cindy Alavarz has this summary for any project:

2.) Marty Neumeier has this simple sentence for brand differentiation.

These simple word games can make life easier. Plus they are fun.

Do you make Mad Libs at work?

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On staying in the weeds:

“I've always felt like if I drift too far into manager land and too far away from the day-to-day work that's actually happening, I'll lose touch. And I just don't ever want to lose that closeness to the day-to-day. I'm obsessed with living the life that our customers live and ensuring that I can still see where are things headed.”

On fresh perspectives:

“…sometimes the big opportunities are right in front of you and you don't really think about it until another colleague comes up to you says ‘let's do this a different way!’”