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Steve Martin: Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

The path that led me to Jordan and the insight he represents began with a 2007 episode of the Charlie Rose show. Rose was interviewing the actor and comedian Steve Martin about his memoir Born Standing Up. They talked about the realities of Martin’s rise. “I read autobiographies in general,” Martin said. “[And I often [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Complexity of Workplace Humour: Unlaughter

The expression of laughter often (but not always), indicates that a person or group of people find something funny, amusing and pleasing. Laughter offers both verbal and visual clues that someone has experienced something humorous (Butler,  2015) and it is a muscular, bodily expression involving the facial muscles, the diaphragm, the epiglottis and the larynx [...]

Critical Thinking: Humour Helps to Maintain Clarity of Thought

“Be happy, smile, and maintain a sense of humor. Critical thinking is believed to be mentally stressful which is why a lot of people don’t engage in practicing it. Actually, it is really mentally stressful. That is why this tip was given for you to be able to cope with the rigors of critical thinking. [...]

Webs of Influence: The Psychology of Online Persuasion

The Chameleon Effect  "Have you every seen a young couple flirting with one another their first date? If you have, chances are you'll have witnessed a beautiful example of behavioural mimicry in action. When two people are in rapport, they tend to subconsciously mirror each other's body language. While this is a natural phenomenon that [...]

September 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Louder Than Words: Hidden Power of Nonverbal Intelligence 

Humor and Fun are Nonverbals "Find time for humor and fun in your work as a means of countering the negative stressors in your life. I see many people who have lost of things - cars, boats, electronic gadgets, and so on - but who have little humor and even less fun. Humor and fun [...]

September 24th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Disrupted: Comedy of Start-Up Hubris

"Midway on your life's journey, I found myself In dark woods, the right road lost." Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy Dan Lyons' recent book Disrupted: My Misadventures in the Start-Up Bubble' is an unsettling, laugh out loud exposé of the Silicon Valley hubris. Dan Lyons find himself in a modern day Orwellian nightmare. While he makes every possible [...]

September 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Curious Origins of the Cliché: Laughed all the way to the bank 

"The only other person who created a cliché that belongs in this list was another American, the flamboyant pianist Liberace (1919 - 87). He was enormously successful with audiences, but viciously attacked by enormously successful with audiences, but viciously attacked by critics. His frequent response to this, from about 1953 onwards, was to say that [...]

September 11th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO

"Every night at clubs like the Improv in Los Angeles and Second City in Chicago, aspiring comedians make improvising look easy. Drawing from their own experiences, these professionals use cues from the audience and their fellow performers to craft a coherent narrative that leads to a logical conclusion and entertains along the way. Improvising requires [...]

September 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Business Creativity: Ask A Stupid Question

​"This tool is a great way to break down assumptions about the challenge you need to solve, as well as making sure there is not an obvious but brilliant solution right under your noses. Stupid questions can provoke laughter, which, as previously discussed, is the perfect state in which to be creative.  1. Consider your [...]

July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Perform Under Pressure by Hendrie Weisinger

Laugh and Smile "Since the dawn of history, laughing has been an enthusiasm builder - it stimulates the production of endorphins and creative positive physical arousal or "internal jogging." You can increase the frequency of your laughter simply by paying attention to silly things you or others do, or by reliving funny experiences. We can [...]

June 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments