Why Leaders Use Humor at Work

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Humor has been analyzed by the some of the best minds in history – Aristotle, Hobbes, Kant, and Freud to name a few. There is plenty of research on the positive impacts of humor in organizations; however, there is less knowledge on leaders’ own perspective on humor. I wrote my postgraduate thesis on humor in… Continue Reading >

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The What of Work

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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… Continue Reading >

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Improving the Classroom with Humor

Ever since I was little, my brother, David, has been a teacher. My mom thinks it’s one reason I did so well in school. He would come home each day and teach me everything he had learned in class (he’s 2 years older than me). The problem is that sometimes he just made things up, and… Continue Reading >

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How Humor Can Be Inappropriate

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The consequences of inappropriate humor are nothing new (in fact I wrote about humor as an HR issue back in 2013). But in light of the recent happenings with a certain TV show and its titular actor, I figured it was worth re-visiting. There are three reasons humor tends to be inappropriate in the workplace: 1) Inappropriate… Continue Reading >

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The Four Styles of Humor

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One of the most common questions I get about using humor is, “How do I make sure it’s appropriate?” Previously, we’ve talked about the importance of understanding your Humor MAP. That’s definitely still true. But another thing that can help is to understand the four styles of humor (as defined by Rod A Martin). These styles… Continue Reading >

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