How Awesome Are Your Co-Workers?

I've come up with an easy method for determining the Awesomeness-Level of co-workers (or any other group that you frequently associate with).

It's quite simple – here's how!

Figure out approximately how many people you can have real conversations with. By "real" I mean: things that you're mutually interested in, things that one of you are interested in but the other person doesn't keep thinking to themselves "lalala don't care, are you done talking yet", and random things like zombie invasions…… Actually, scratch all that – just figure out how many people you can talk to about zombie invasions.

I estimate that I can carry on a conversation about zombie invasions with 10% of my co-workers, which gives my co-workers an Awesomeness-Level of 10. If I do the same with my friends, they end up with an Awesomeness-Level of about 85.

See! Incredibly easy and highly accurate! Obviously this entire metric gets skewed when we're actually in the middle of a zombie invasion, but when that time comes, I'll broadcast a new system on all emergency radio frequencies.

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  1. sparx said,

    Also, it's funny to move the hyphen and refer to them as "cow-orkers".

    May 22, 2009 @ 9:42 am

  2. unlikelymoose said,

    you could also take the "awesomeness" to another level by asking how many of your co-workers are the ones to initiate such conversations. I find many people will join the conversation (maybe cuz i've worked in ad agencies my whole life minus the last 3 months), but few will start such a conversation.

    May 22, 2009 @ 10:40 am

  3. sparx said,

    But.. that skews the results, because then I have an Awesomeness-Factor of like.. 10bajillion.

    May 22, 2009 @ 10:42 am

  4. Cactus Joe said,

    Maybe you can use this to determine the proper work environment and job. Like don't work anyplace with an Awesomeness (did you get that descriptor from Ed Dale?) Level under 50. My last job had an Awesomeness Level of 1 (if I include myself in the measure), which is why I became self employed and now hang out with other entrepreneurs in Madison with Awesomeness Level 75 or more. (…can't help it with shameless plugs, I'm a promoter!).

    Do you remember the movie Contact (, by Carl Sagan? That Drumlin guy, NIH scientific advisor to the President who was such a tool and kept undermining Arroway's (Jodie Foster character) success and creativity? Well, that was my boss. And the soulless ZOMBIE automatons working under him did not add any value to Awesomeness Scale.

    See, I was just testing your Awesomeness (though I already know it's high, or I would not subscribe to your AWESOME blog).

    Did that help your SEO at all?



    May 23, 2009 @ 11:18 am

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