In April, we will be honoring young business and community leaders at a special event.

This is a remake of “40 under 40” – a staple of business journals across the country. I think this is especially important as we see the baby boomer generation leaving the workforce.

Who will be our next business and community leaders? Well, I bet some of the CSBJ rising stars will be making headlines in the coming years. To nominate someone under the age of 40 and to get the details, see the ad on page 2. Nomination forms also are available online at www.csbj.com.

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Hilarious ways to have fun

Last year, our circulation director bought me a card pack of “50 hilarious ways to have fun at work.” The cards are published by The Lagoon Trading Co Ltd. Here is a smattering of some of the better ideas:

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  • Under the “to liven up meetings category”
  • Reflect sunlight into everyone’s eyes with the face of your watch.
  • If one member is attending via conference phone, put a stupid mask over the speaker phone like Barney or Casper, the friendly ghost.
  • Use a large banana to point at your slide show.
  • Announce you’ve got copies of the meeting agenda. Then hand out pieces of paper that read: My secret agenda:
  1. Kidnap the CEO
  2. Put hallucinogens in the water cooler
  3. Invade Norway
  4. Gasp, then quickly re-collect them sheepishly, and ask everyone to pretend they haven’t seen them.
  • How about swivel-chair Olympics?
  • Tape down the rocker on a colleague’s phone so the phone keeps ringing after it’s been picked up.
  • Put decaffeinated coffee in the coffee maker for three weeks. Once everyone is over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.

Hey, don’t complain to me if you get fired for these pranks, but have fun.

Office romance contracts

Our daily paper, the Daily Transcript, had an interesting front-page story on Monday. It seems there are attorneys who are making a buck on employee romances.

According to the story, Michelle Bohreer, chairman of Houston-based Boyer & Miller, said that concern about employee romances has been growing for the last year and a half. The story relayed that Bohreer “writes a set of love affidavits for clients every few months.”

I guess these “love affidavits” declare that these office relationships are consensual. Hey, I got an idea. Don’t have office affairs.

In addition to making it a bit embarrassing to look at another employee the morning after; it can get in the way of productivity because office gossip can eat up a lot of time.

So, the moral of the story is to have fun at the office … but not too much fun. Don’t forget to nominate a Rising Star or get a love affidavit signed.

Lon Matejczyk is publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. He can be reached at lon.matejczyk@csbj.com or 329-5206.