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Humor, Seriously

Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life (And how anyone can harness it. Even you.)

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8520

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Taschenbuch

Erscheinungsdatum

06.10.2020

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Random House LCC US

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272

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A smart, funny, brilliant book on how to be smart about being funny, brilliantly. And I m not just saying that because they say I am smart, funny, and brilliant in it. Buy it. Sarah Cooper, comedian and author of 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings
 
I ve learned (often the hard way) that the best way to be taken seriously is to not take yourself too seriously. My teams are always at their best when approaching problems with levity, which entails both humility and optimism and always engenders trust. Plus, it s more fun like this book! Eric Schmidt, former CEO and executive chair of Google (Alphabet)
 
Humor is an act of social courage that, when used correctly, has a transformative effect. Humor, Seriously gives us the tools we need to deploy humor expertly in any environment. Susan Cain, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet
 
If you think your workplace would work better if everyone laughed more, this is your playbook. Chip Heath, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Moments
 
Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas make a scientific case for the importance of humor and show that it s an incredible way to connect with customers and build culture. This book will help anyone embrace the power of laughter. Sara Blakley, founder and CEO of Spanx  
 
A sharp, incisive, and genuinely funny read that translates knowledge of the world of comedy to tools that actually work in the world of business. Anne Libera, director of comedy studies at The Second City
 
Business is serious and the world is serious, especially right now. That means we need the ideas described in Humor, Seriously even more than ever. Not because levity and humor are ways to relieve the pressure of serious times, although they are, but because they unlock our humanity in the moments where we most need it. Tim Brown, chair of IDEO and author of Change by Design

Eye-opening, hilarious, and absolutely original, Humor, Seriously will change the way you think on the job, about the world, and in your life. ­Leslie Blodgett, founder and former CEO of Bare Escentuals

Fresh, profound, and consistently entertaining. I know the words evidence-based don t immediately connote riotous laughter, but Aaker and Bagdonas bring some irresistibly compelling science to the art and application of humor. Kelly Leonard, executive vice president of The Second City
 
Of all the known ways to ruin humor, the most common start with the words research, analyze, and professor. The bad news is that this book features all of those words. Prominently. The good news is that against all odds, you ll actually have fun reading it. Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
 
In this eye-opening, important and utterly enjoyable book, Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas use science to explain how humor at work (and in life) helps alleviate stress, anxiety, and burnout. Come for the humor, stay for the insights. Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post and CEO of Thrive Global

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8520

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Taschenbuch

Erscheinungsdatum

06.10.2020

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Random House LCC US

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272

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23/15,8/2,1 cm

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314 g

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Englisch

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978-0-593-23842-4

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Chapter 1

The Humor Cliff

Humor is mankind s greatest blessing. Mark Twain

It s the first day of spring quarter at Stanford s Graduate School of Business. Fifty students excitedly file into a lecture hall, a few still wondering whether the course they ve registered for is an elaborate joke played by the administration. Humor: Serious Business is about to begin.

Whiteboards line the walls; all the chairs and tables have wheels, for easy rearranging. It s a setting that s ideal for workshopping and terrible for napping. Jennifer, in her self-appointed role as DJ, has David Bowie s Rebel Rebel blasting. Naomi has a clip from SNL cued up to kick off the lecture.

And yet trepidation hangs heavy in the air.

Before class begins each semester, we have our students complete a Humor Audit, a self-reflection exercise / terrifyingly personal quiz about how they use humor in their lives. It includes questions like Who or what makes you laugh the most in your life? and Who do you feel the funniest around? and Please submit complete documentation of your income, expenses, and assets for the previous fiscal year.

So it s understandable that the students feel spooked: A sense of humor is like a muscle it atrophies without regular use. Unfortunately, we find that in most students and executives we start working with, atrophy abounds. Just look at these responses to the question When was the last time you really laughed? :

I honestly can t remember. Is that terrible?

I ve been thinking and am drawing a blank! I know I laugh. Or at least I thought I did, which now I m questioning . . .

On Tuesday, I did not laugh once. Not once. Who knew a class about humor could be so depressing?

The good and bad news about these responses is that our students are not alone. And it s not Tuesday.

The Humor Cliff

The collective loss of our sense of humor is a serious problem afflicting people and organizations globally. We re all going over the humor cliff together, tumbling down into the abyss of solemnity below.

At the bottom of that abyss we re joined by the majority of 1.4 million survey respondents in 166 countries who revealed in this Gallup poll that the frequency with which we laugh or smile each day starts to plummet around age twenty-three.

To some extent, this pattern makes sense. As kids, we laugh all the time. The average four-year-old laughs as many as three hundred times per day. (The average forty-year-old, by comparison, laughs three hundred times every two and a half months.) Then we grow up, enter the workforce, and suddenly become serious and important people, trading laughter for ties and pantsuits.

Before long, we lose levity entirely in a sea of bottom lines, slide decks, and mind-numbing conference calls. Our sense of play is repressed by a dizzyingly complex and dynamic professional environment, full of social land mines that are difficult to gauge and feel safer to avoid. As a result, most of us choose to keep our interactions sterile, measured, and professional; we go to work each day and leave our sense of humor and so much more of ourselves at the door.

This response signals a fundamental misunderstanding about how to work how to solve important problems, how to conduct ourselves, and how to be successful.

We don t need more professionalism in our workplaces. Instead, we need more of ourselves, and more human connection especially as in-person meetings are replaced by video chats and more relationships are sustained entirely by email. Often, all it takes is a hint of levity to shift a moment
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