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Taking the Fear Out of Failure

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 10 Sep 2014

What’s your attitude when it comes to experiencing setbacks and failure in life? Does the fear of failure paralyze you, preventing your from tackling new, ambitious goals? When you experience a failure, do you curl up in the fetal position and rock back and forth for three months while listening to your favorite blues album, or do you view it as a learning experience and jump back onto the proverbial horse?

How does your team and organization manage failure? How an organization views and manages failure has a profound impact on its culture and its ability to innovate. Which is why the leaders at Pixar Studios spend a lot of time thinking about failure. Following up on last week’s look at Pixar’s innovative culture, here are a few insights on how Pixar views failure, from the book, Creativity, Inc.:

Measuring Creativity in the Workplace

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 21 Aug 2014

One of the more interesting sessions I attended at the recent International Group for Humor Studies conference in Utrecht, Netherlands, was on “Flexible Humor Styles and the Creative Mind.” The paper presented echoed similar studies bigstockphoto_Brilliant_Creative_Ideas_4807785that have found a positive correlation between humor and creativity. But not all humor is equally effective. The type of humor most conducive to greater creativity is a “self-enhancing” style – humor related to having a good-natured attitude toward life, having the ability to laugh at yourself, your circumstances, and the idiosyncrasies of life in a constructive manner. The study also found that humor and creativity both contribute to superior verbal fluency – yet one more reason to take your sense of humor along for the ride as often as possible.

Want More Ideas? Call 1-800 Ideas!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 03 Dec 2013

Researchers at Harvard University found that employees are far more inclined to speak up and offer solutions when organizations launch information campaigns aimed at improving processes. Making it easy for employees to communicate ideas also helps improve the number of suggestions brought forth. The CEO of Rosenbluth International made it easy by creating a special 800 number voice-mail suggestion box where employees could submit ideas, concerns or praise directly to him. A CEO of Cinergy held regular “Listening Meetings” to hear employees’ concerns and ideas without interference.

Call 1-800-Great-Ideas-for-Ideas

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 02 Dec 2013

podcast Looking for more ideas in your workplace? Here’s some simple and fun ways to improve the quantity of ideas you get from employees, plus a fun at work …

Ideas at Work: Leap BEFORE You Look?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 20 Aug 2012

Mom always reminded me to, “Look before you leap.”

But what if this advice isn’t always the best? Are there times when you should leap before you look?

Creative Solutions Require a “YES” Mentality

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 16 Dec 2011

There’s a theater improv game called, “Yes and!” in which two participants tell a story together, with each participant using the bridging phrase “Yes, and…” as a way of building on each others ideas.

Humor at Work: Fighting a Fear of Creativity and New Ideas

Filed under: The Hump Day Humor at Work E-zine - 22 Sep 2011

Fear can be a huge stumbling block when it comes to embracing

change or being creative at work. But it can help to identify

what exactly it is you are scared of. There are three common

types of fears associated with trying a …

What are you doing to kill creativity at work? Find out, then stop it!

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 15 Jun 2011

It’s important to think of ways to build a workplace that supports ideas, but it’s also important to identify and stop doing those thing that might be getting in the way of creativity.  Click on the link below to watch …

Humor at Work: Improv Lessons for the Workplace

Filed under: The Hump Day Humor at Work E-zine - 24 May 2011

Improv Lessons for the Workplace

I just read Tina Fey’s autobiography Bossypants, a hilarious

read which included an insightful sidebar on work/life lessons

she gleaned from her years doing theater improvisation with

Second City in Chicago. As someone who uses theater improv from

time to …

Theater Improv Lessons for More Creativity at Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 17 May 2011

I just finished reading Tina Fey’s hilarious autobiography “Bossypants,” in which she includes a sidebar talking about her life lessons she learned from doing theater improv.  

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