8/19/2003· Professional Skills
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Business author Paul Hawken said it best, "We lead by being human. We do not lead by being corporate, by being professional or by being institutional." Perhaps that's why many leaders are embracing one of the most undervalued human resources they have at their disposal - their sense of humor.
Some managers, however, weaned on a "never mix business with pleasure" attitude, have a difficult time buying into the value of humor. "You can't be serious?" is the incredulous response to the suggestion to lighten up. And they're absolutely right. You can't be serious, at least not if you're interested in improving staff morale or motivating employees to new heights. And if you want to spark creativity, strengthen teamwork, facilitate open communication, minimize stress levels, reduce employee turnover and absenteeism rates, improve trust between management and employees, offer dynamic customer service and improve productivity, then you can't be serious. You can't be serious, because humor can help any organization achieve all those goals.
Putting humor to work isn't about employees standing around the water cooler exchanging one liners. Having a sense of humor is about having a sense of perspective and using the ability to find the humor in situations to manage stress and creatively problem solve. Adding humor is about celebrating work, not trivializing it. And it's about mixing humor in an appropriate manner to improve workplace productivity.
Here are few "guiding lights" to help you manage to have more fun in your organization.
Michael Kerr, "The Workplace Energizer," is an international speaker, workshop facilitator and the author of "You Can't Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work." You can reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640, or drop by electronically at email@example.com or www.MikeKerr.com
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11/15/2002· Professional Skills
By: Sherry Maysonave
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