Bob Goldman
There's one thing you must do this May. Go to refeshleadership.com and read its recent blog post "5 Things to Do This Month: May 2014." (I guess that's six things you have to do, but what the heck? It's not like you're doing any work.)

Refresh Leadership is a staffing company, but if its tagline is to be believed, what it really is all about is "Fresh Ideas for Today's Business Leaders." One fresh idea is to provide business managers with a list of five activities for every month of the year. This is a very valuable service, since without this list, business managers would probably continue to do what they're currently doing every month of the year, which is -- not much.

For May, author James C. Price finds himself in a lyrical state of mind. "May is finally upon us," he writes, "which means spring is in full swing. Out of the April showers, we are now enjoying May flowers. Other than your normal spring activities of spending time at parks and patios, try these five things to do this month."

Despite the fact that Price clearly doesn't know you very well -- how else could he ignore your normal spring activities of spending time at strip clubs and bars -- it is certainly worth our while to explore any potential management initiatives that may hit in May. We don't want to be blindsided while totally occupied sniffing posies.

May activity No. 1 is to become aware of National Blood Pressure Awareness month. This is a serious problem, as Price points out with the alarming statistic that "nearly one out three American adults and one out of five Canadians have high blood pressure."

To me, the solution is obvious -- move to Canada, where you have two other people to take up the slack. Of course, if you're not willing to replace Beyonce as your ringtone with Shania Twain, or end every sentence with an "eh," the blood pressure awareness luncheon that Mr. Price suggests to your manager does sounds good. It will definitely be amusing to hear the person who routinely keeps your adrenaline boiling by creating impossible deadlines with dire consequences for failure explain how important it is to live a stress-free, relaxed lifestyle.


Bob Goldman

Bob Goldman is a business humor writer.

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