To Tell You the Truth, A Little Humor Helps
One of the many reasons humor is so powerful as a communication
tool is it can give people the cover to say uncomfortable truths
they might otherwise keep to themselves. Which is why leaders need
to always listen between the punch lines and learn from even the
most subversive humor practiced in the workplace.
There are other fun and creative outlets that can achieve this
same goal. When teams perform a company skit, create an “ad” that
represents their workplace culture, paints their values on a giant
wall, or spoofs a late night talk show, hidden truths and invaluable
insights are often revealed. As long as somebody is listening!
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip:
And speaking of using creative outlets of expression, it’s official
“Limerick Day” today! I know, I’m excited too! So hold a contest
for the best work-related limerick in your workplace. (Go to
http://tiny.cc/ouiaq for your basic limerick primer).
Quote of the Week
And speaking of poems: “A clown is a poet in action.” Henry Miller
It’s a Wacky World
And speaking of clowns: a Swiss actor is laughing all the way to the
bank with his Evil Clown service. This is so creepy. He contacts the
birthday boy/girl “victim” and tells them they are being watched, and
taunts them with phone calls, texts and even booby-trapped letters
warning the kids they are going to get a cake smunched into their
face some time during their birthday party. Aren’t clowns scary
enough already? I’m a little creeped out just thinking about this.
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