The Vegetable Surgeon’s Baboon Keeps a Diary

Sometimes companies spend so much time doing business that they don’t take the time to analyze how they do business. Today at P/O/N, our team rolled in at 8:00 am for a half hour Innovation Meeting to start working on ways we can improve the way we do business.

How do you get fired up for an 8:00 am meeting?

There are all sorts of great ways to get your team’s creativity flowing in the morning. At P/O/N, we started with a simple word game that we thought you might have fun with, too.

Which of these randomly generated words is the “odd man out” (not like the others). And WHY?

• Surgeon
• Vegetable
• Baboon
• Diary

The fun part about this exercise is that there are no wrong answers. Listening to what everybody comes up with is also a great way to get to know your teammates and learn a little more about how they think.

Try it with the people you work with most. Which members grouped things the same way, for the same reasons? Did anyone? How many ways did your team find to differentiate one random word from another?

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The Ohlmann Group has a rich history that began in Dayton, Ohio in 1949, where the agency was founded as Penny and Penny by Bob Penny and his wife Jean. In 1964, Walter Ohlmann joined the firm. Ralph Neiman came on in 1969 and the firm became Penny/Ohlmann/Neiman. In 2011, P/O/N was renamed The Ohlmann Group to better reflect the agency's ongoing evolution and collaborative nature.

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