We’ve talked previously about how humor is a skill. It’s an ability you can learn, and one you get better at through practice and repetition.
Humor is also a mindset. It’s a way of seeing the world. It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. Because the what of work doesn’t really change. No matter who you are or what your role, your job entails five high-level abilities:
- Execution. Can you complete tasks?
- Strategic Thinking. Can you plan ahead, solve problems, and apply logic?
- Communication. Can you articulate the ideas you have and receive the ideas others have?
- Relationships. Can you connect with other humans?
- Leadership. Can you motivate and influence people, including yourself?
That’s it. Whether you are a senior executive, firefighter, or guide dog, that’s the work. Being a humor engineer is about applying humor to each of those scenarios.
So to start using humor, pick one of those areas for today or next week and think about how you can use humor while doing it. If you need ideas, you’ll notice that our book, 501 Ways to Use Humor, is structured around those five capabilities.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Are there any work skills missing?