Lighten Up! A book recommendation

St. Patrick’s Day reminded me of a subject that makes me crazy!! Seriously, I am just sick to death of people taking themselves too seriously (pun intended.)   Learning to laugh (again) is exactly that – learning.  Difficult people particularly walk around with a sour look and sometimes a stare that is pretty scary.  Do yourself a favor — order The Levity Effect by Adrian Gostick on Amazon to eliminate mental toxic behavior.

Here’s  why:
If you think work is no laughing matter, the joke’s on you. The Levity Effect uses serious science to reveal the remarkable power of fun and humor in building a productive, engaged, and loyal workforce…and a more successful you. If you doubt levity is good for business, consider this: lighthearted leaders earn more on average than their more dour peers; entertaining workplaces breed more loyal employees and happier customers; and employees who are considered humorous are vastly more likely to get promoted—especially to senior positions.

The benefits of the levity effect are built on extensive research and case studies from some of the world’s most successful organizations. Adrian Gostick is a best selling author and co-author Scott Christopher, humorist, provide powerful examples of leaders from Boeing, Nike, KPMG, Yamaha, Enterprise, Zappos, and dozens of others, all of which prove that lightening up leads to real business results. I think this is cool stuff.

The Levity Effect is for anyone who wants to build an engaging, productive work culture and a more successful career. With interviews, extensive research, and lighthearted insight, The Levity Effect turns traditional business thinking on its head to prove again and again that a fun and engaging workplace leads to better business, more focused employees, and satisfied customers.

I guess there is something to be said for laughing your way to the bank!  Let me know what you think.  Marsha

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  1. Noel Posus says:

    What an excellent book recommendation Marsha, and I’ve just pre-ordered my copy.

    As I’m sure you’ve experienced as well, when coaching and where humour is appropriate, that moment of laughter is also a great time to ask the tough question.

    The reason for this is that when we are laughing, that “little voice” in our head stops talking. It can’t because you’re busy laughing.

    Therefore asking an important question in that moment, the client is more likely to respond with their first real answer, the truthful one, before that inner voice has a chance to kick in and edit the answer.

    It’s great, and I’ve done a fair bit of research into why this happens and I’m so looking forward to reading Adrian’s book and figuring out ways of using humour to be more impactful with human change.

    Thanks again for the recommendation!

    Sydney, Australia

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