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The son of legendary baseball owner Bill Veeck shows why an injection of fun, creativity, and passion into the workplace is essential to business success, making the working environment more enjoyable for both the customers and workers. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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MIKE VEECK is president and part owner of six wildly successful minor-league baseball teams. Son of the late Hall of Fame club owner Bill Veeck, he has followed his father's lead, with innovative promotions that have been profiled by 60 Minutes, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, People, and countless other media outlets. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

PETE WILLIAMS is a veteran journalist who writes about sports, business, and fitness. He is a contributing writer to USA Today, Sports Weekly, and Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal, and is coauthor (with Mark Verstegen) of the Rodale book Core Performance. He lives in Safety Harbor, Florida.

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A book worth buying and a book worth giving 29. März 2005
Von BCzar - Veröffentlicht auf
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Baseball and writing about baseball are my passions and being passionate about something is the heart and soul of the new book by Mike Veeck (and Pete Williams), "Fun Is Good: How to Inject Joy & Passion Into Your Workplace & Career" published by Rodale Press and to be released early next month. The book is part business philosophy, part autobiography, part confessional, part homage to his late father Bill Veeck, part salute to his 12-year old daughter who is fighting blindness as the result of retinitis pigmentosa, part a baseball love story and all fun. Because fun is what Mike, like all the Veecks, is all about.

Mike writes, "Somehow in our haste to seize the American dream, we've sucked the fun, passion, and creativity out of the workplace." How many of you feel that way? I guess that's why so many people say that work sucks. But as Mike points out, "Fun isn't just good; it's a necessity." "If you're not having fun, it's nearly impossible to project the upbeat, positive attitude necessary to service clients effectively."

We know that's the trouble with baseball, don't we? Somehow it has becoming way to much about greed. We could handle it if were about drugs, sex, and rock and roll, at least that's fun. Mike writes that when his father Bill Veeck died in 1986, "we had him cremated so he wouldn't constantly be rolling in his grave."

In the workplace it's about passion, the right attitude and being happy at what you do. Mike encourages change and risk taking because if you're unhappy you can't afford to stay where you are. In addition, your role whether you are an Indian or a chief is to help create a workplace atmosphere that is fun, positive and risk taking. He writes, "How effectively you interact with coworkers sets the tone for the organization," because if you take a genuine interest in the people around you, you never know where it might lead.

I was particularly struck with this philosophical statement, "If you approach things with optimism and with the mentality that any obstacle can be overcome with good humor, preparation, brainpower, and a little bit of luck, nothing is outside the realm of possibility." It is that statement that clearly drives Mike's wonderful daughter. The book is filled with interviews and vignettes from business leaders in which they express, in their own words, how the importance of a "Fun is Good" philosophy has driven the success of their company. None is more powerful or moving than the section written by Rebecca Veeck who truly sums up much more than the philosophy of the book when she writes, "Fun is Good because that's the way life is supposed to be. It's the main feeling that we're supposed to have. I mean, if you're not having fun, what's the point?"

I will be giving this book to my daughter Elizabeth on her birthday on April 11 (the same date as Veeck's eldest, Night Train Veeck) because as she prepares to graduate college and face the real world she needs to know that if you treat every day like Opening Day than life will be fun, and fun is good.
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Fun is Good ... is Good 15. August 2005
Von J. Wellington - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book was penned by the man who was lambasted for his Disco demolition stunt in Cominsky Park. In the middle of a doubleheader, the promoters put a box of disco records in the middle of the field with a bomb. When it exploded, fans ran onto the field and commenced creating their own disco record explosions. This eventually caused the cancellation of the second game is considered a travesty in baseball lore.

However, it has become part of baseball lore. From a marketing standpoint, it was brilliant. How many marketing stunts have 25th anniversary DVDs?

This is a book about embracing failure, laughing, trying something new, and of course having fun. The book largely follows Mike Veeck and his father's philosophies and antics with baseball (and a few other businesses they tried). It's a fun book that those who are a little disgruntled or inspired with their workplace should read. Surely, you will find something that will make you laugh and improve your own workplace.
Fun is Good--incredibly inspiring! 24. Juni 2013
Von Evan Jacobson - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is an incredible read. Even though Mike Veeck owns Minor League Baseball teams, he provides a wealth of practical advice to incorporate fun into your career. I am a Middle School Teacher and experience occasional burnout. When I read this book, I realized that I'm too serious. Mike's approach and anecdotes about his life (and his father's life) are so real and easy relatable. As a result, I've taken more risks (legal of course) in my classroom--they paid off tremendously. My students now tell me how fun my class is (and not boring). And just like Mike, I want to maintain the fun "stuff." If you want a book that also explains how money is NOT the answer to happiness, then read this book. Enjoy and carpe diem.
Best, Evan J.
Overdue review here 29. Oktober 2013
Von Jim Kukral - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this book years ago and finally realized I never left a review. This book is great on multiple fronts. First, if you're a business person you must read this book to realize that maybe, just perhaps, you need to inject a little fun into your workplace and products if you want to truly succeed. On another level, as a marketer and entrepreneur myself, I was blown away by the creativity that Mike V. used to create real positive change in the businesses he owned. The kind of things that can really change the fortunes of a business for the better.

Plus, this book is full of a ton of creative and fun marketing ideas that Mike has used that will inspire you and frankly just make you laugh.
Great book on creating fun in the workplace 10. Juni 2014
Von Susan L Nelson - Veröffentlicht auf
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Great book if you are a manager of people and want to create a fun place to work. So many corporations are making everything so "streamlined" and making every location the same. This does not feed the human spirit and make for a place where people feel involved and where they want to be. You can have fun and make money too!
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