1. Leading with Laughter (Yet Again!)
When a young boy asked John F. Kennedy how he became a war hero,
JFK simply responded, “It was absolutely involuntary. They sunk
my boat!” And after watching a satirical skit which suggested that
Kennedy’s wealthy father was going to basically “buy” the election,
JFK read a “telegram” he had just received from his father: “Jack
– don’t spend one more dime than is necessary. I’ll be damned if
I’m going to pay for a landslide.”
These are just a few examples of how Kennedy so deftly used self-
effacing humor to diffuse issues and appear more humble. Several
surveys also suggest that when leaders use healthy, self-effacing
humor, rather than weakening them, it actually makes leaders
appear more confident and more trustworthy. People also report
having greater respect for leaders who can laugh at themselves.
Self-effacing humor humanizes leaders. It helps level the playing
field and eliminate any sense of hierarchy. So if you want to be
known as a great leader, be the first person in the room to laugh
at yourself, not the last!
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
More and more organizations are creating their own in-house music
bands to help ROCK their organizations. Not only is this a great
teambuilding hobby and fun distraction, some of the bands go on
to perform at company events, play music for their voice mail
systems, perform on their organization’s web site, and perform at
charity fundraising events. Now if you don’t have musically-
inclined folks on your team, then at least try an improv drumming
troop or Kazoo band. You can also bring in a music teacher over
the lunch hour to teach people. Not only is music a great stress
reducer, it’s also linked to improved creativity and math skills!
3. Quote of the Week
“Humor is something that causes a tickling of the brain.
Laughter was invented to scratch it.” Hugh Foot
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World
Here are some more wacky warning labels that are just too wacky:
– WARNING: Avoid Dropping Air Conditioner Out of Window
– WARNING: Do Not Use While Sleeping (on a blow dryer!)
– WARNING: Do NOT Use to Pick Up Gasoline or Flammable Liquids
(on a vacuum cleaner!)
– WARNING: Do NOT Use Wheelbarrow When Temperature Exceeds 140
Happy hump day everyone. May the farce, as always, be with you.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. email@example.com www.mikekerr.com
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