Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #6, June 5, 2002

Please feel free to pass this along, tape it to a street cleaner,
fax it to the Queen . . .

1. Leading With Laughter
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip of the Day
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World . . .
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1. Leading with Laughter

This week in Canada seems like a good one somehow to talk about
leadership . . .

According to those serious, studious folks at Harvard Business School,
in a recent survey on leadership, workers surveyed suggested that the
number one characteristic they wanted in a good leader was a sense of
their humanity – that they were seen as “real people” first and
foremost.

And one of the best ways to reflect their humanity, according to
respondents, was in their ability to laugh at themselves. When a
leader laughs at them self, at their own blunders and situations, they
are seen as being more open, more trusting, more credible and,
contrary to what many believe, a stronger leader.

Laughing at themselves sends a powerful message to employees – that
it’s okay to laugh and admit your own mistakes and that it’s okay to
be human. This message, in turn, helps foster a climate of trust and
openness, of creativity (as people are more willing to test pilot
truly novel ideas) and helps reduce stress in the workplace.

So if you are a leader, or you want to lead, or you know a leader, or
if you’ve ever seen a leader, keep the following wise words from Bob
Ross in mind . . .

“A leader without a sense of humor is like a lawn mower at a cemetery
– both have lots of people underneath them but no one is paying them
any attention.”
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip from the Queen

The Queen’s doing it this very week, which is great reminder to all of
us of the need to celebrate workplace milestones and anniversaries.

WestJet Airlines is one of many companies that make sure they
celebrate their corporate anniversary with a big bash every year.
Other workplaces go beyond this by celebrating the anniversary dates
of when individual employees began working with the company. The
recognition doesn’t have to be as big as the Queen’s (although having
Ozzy show up would be rather interesting), even a simple and fun card
of recognition for employee milestones can be an easy way of
acknowledging the milestone.
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3. Quote of the Week

“Comedy is too important to joke about.”
Tom Hanks’ character in the movie “Punchline”
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World . . .

Who Do YOU Want to Barbecue With?

It’s barbecue season, both at home and at work, so, fittingly, a
survey was recently released revealing folks’ top choices for a
barbecue host. The survey asked people who they would most like to
have barbecue for them in order to make the barbecue a special
occasion.

The top choices for men included Homer Simpson and Sharon Osbourne,
the wife of rock star Ozzy Osbourne. The women opted for Spider-guy
Tobey Maguire, Tom Cruise and The Rock. Martha Stewart finished a
lowly 14th.
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Copyright Michael Kerr
Mike@mikekerr.com
www.mikekerr.com

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