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Humor is ESSENTIAL: How to keep it light!

Season 1, Ep. 300

Episode #300 // “If you can look on the light side of any crisis, remain positive and optimistic, and crack a joke or two, you'll be in a much better place to deal with whatever comes your way.”


Looking back on 300 episodes of No Bullsh!t Leadership, I’m incredibly proud of the body of knowledge that Em and I have created to help leaders all over the world to become better.


I’m also humbled that each of you tune in, week after week, putting in the hard yards to improve your leadership capability and confidence…using the tools and strategies to improve the way you lead. 


The impact you’re having on the world by leveraging our content is incalculable.


I thought pretty carefully about what topic I would choose to mark this milestone, and decided it was time to revisit an important piece of the leadership puzzle, which is often overlooked.

 

About 3 years ago, I released Ep.145: Humor is Underrated. In today’s episode, I upgrade that assessment… I think that, these days, humor has become essential.

 

Even in the last 3 years, our collective senses of humor seem to have been further stifled, and we’re in imminent danger of completely losing the value of humor in the workplace.

 

Today, I give you five compelling reasons why you need to fight to keep the arrow of humor in your own leadership quiver! The culture and performance of your team depend on it more than you could imagine!


Source Material:


No Bullsh!t Leadership podcast:

Ep.145: Humor is Underrated

Ep.197: Why Can't We Be Friends?

Ep.257: Your Leadership User Manual

Ep.229: Confidence, Arrogance, and Self-Doubt


McKinsey article:

Laugh More, Lead Better



Amazon book links:

The Humor Code

The Leadership Pipeline


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