Workplace lessons from Vanilla Ice

How one line teaches us everything we should know about initiative.

Vanilla Ice has sold well over 160 million albums worldwide. His breakout hit, Ice Ice Baby, was the first hip-hop album to hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It went platinum.

It was a pretty big deal in the ‘90s.

Consider this great line that should be part of every workplace:
“If there was a problem, yo, I’ll solve it….”
(You’re singing the song in your head right now, aren’t you? You're welcome for that.)

He's talking about initiative. Old Vanilla isn’t saying there’s a problem. Period. Or there’s a problem, but not my problem. Or someone should do something about it.

If there’s a problem, I’ll solve it.

Who knew ‘90s hip-hop would prepare us so well for the modern workplace?

And now a wise prediction.

You’ll start your team meeting tomorrow with the following:

"All right, stop. Collaborate and listen."

Give a raise to the first person who immediately responds with, “Ice is back with a brand new invention….”

You know, for showing initiative.

A wise course.

Honestly, this may be one of our favorite courses of all time. Really, who wouldn't want a shoulder manager?
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