The happiest band in the business

I was just alerted by my daughter to the latest madcap video of Walk Off The Earth, so I'm scrapping what I was about to post and am featuring this clip instead. In this vid WOTE has teamed up with the Virginia pop/rock band Parachute to deliver a peppy cover of Pharrell’s global hit, "Happy."

What I love about Walk Off The Earth is the creative joy of their work, which their live shows amply demonstrate. (Try to catch them in a small club, while you still can.) In keeping with their brand, WOTE's videos are wonderfully nutty. Note the “forced vibrato” in Sarah Blackwood’s vocals later in the clip.

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I’ve said it before and I won't stop: Why can’t more businesses reflect this sense of FUN? Why are there only a handful of well-known organizations that have made "being alive" a "way of life"? (Think: Zappos or Southwest Airlines or the late, great Commerce Bank.) If innovation—the foundation of the Creative Economy—is nurtured in a culture that encourages a lightness of being, an attitude of good cheer, and a sense of experimental PLAY, why is the 21st century workplace still such a grim place? (Of course there are exceptions, and I sincerely hope you work in one.)

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