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by Adrian Gostick,Scott Christopher

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ISBN: 1433212293
Author: Adrian Gostick,Scott Christopher
Language: English
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (April 4, 2008)
Category: Management & Leadership
Subcategory: Money
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 626
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Gostick and Christopher are serious about levity and its impact on the bottom line, and have .

Personnel Today, Mon 17th March 2008). Why every company needs a fun strategy". Bestselling author Adrian Gostick and humorist Scott Christopher 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.

Grandma would be beyond surprised at what Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher have to say in The Levity . And they are very serious about that.

Grandma would be beyond surprised at what Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher have to say in The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up (Wiley). The book, which is to be released later this month, examines how fun in the office increases the bottom line. When they’re laughing, they’re listening, said Mr. Gostick, an author and consultant on employee motivation. Continue reading the main story

The Levity Effect uses serious science to reveal the remarkable . .Adrian Gostick & Scott Christopher, The Levity Effect)

The Levity Effect uses serious science to reveal the remarkable .Adrian Gostick & Scott Christopher, The Levity Effect). So what is "levity"? The authors define levity as, "lightness" to "lighten u. They say, "Leading with levity is about developing a lightness of manner. The big problems about this book is example after example of people acting crazy in the workplace and littl A reasonable argument for levity in the workplace is offered however it seemed that there was a thin line between actual and just plain acting goofy.

Scott is the co-author of the bestselling book The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up, and the author of People People: Who They Are, Why They Win, and How to be One and Lighten Up: Managing with Mirth Ain’t Rocket Surgery. Scott has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Fox Business Channel, CNBC, National Public Radio, BBC and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Post, Newsweek, The Economist, Ladies Home Journal, and many other publications.

The Levity Effect uses serious science to reveal the remarkable power of humor and fun in business.

One of them, which paraphrases a classic joke, shows a mortician reaching deep into a cadaver as a nurse muses, The autopsy is finished; he is only looking for his wrist watch. Participants indicated whether they understood each joke and whether they found it funny, then took some basic IQ tests and answered questionnaires about their mood, aggressive tendencies, and educational background.

Having a good sense of humor makes you more enjoyable to be around. Immerse Yourself in Humor. You might also do better at work (as long as you don't go overboard). Yet even if you were cursed with poor timing or a lack of the funnies, here's how you can develop your sense of humor. Similarly, you can refine your sense of humor by immersing yourself in humor. Watch standup comedians. Listen to podcasts that amuse you.

The Levity Effect The Personal MBA isn’t a humor book at all, but it is one of the best business books you’ll ever read.

The book is chock-full of real-life examples of how levity has helped improve business in real-life companies. The Personal MBA isn’t a humor book at all, but it is one of the best business books you’ll ever read.

The benefits of the Levity Effect are not conjecture but are built on extensive research and case studies from some of the world's most successful organizations. New York Times-bestselling authors Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher provide powerful examples from Boeing, Nike, KPMG, Yamaha, Enterprise, Zappos and dozens of others, showing how lightening up can drive real business results. The book also outlines the extensive research into the subject--studies that cut against the grain of traditional business thinking--including compelling data from the Great Place to Work® Institute's 1-million-person database, which reveals that "Great" companies consistently earn significantly higher marks for "fun."p>In The Levity Effect, the authors will organize their case around a series of "effects" that happen when you lead with levity. The book will outline the extensive research into the subject--studies that cut against the grain of traditional business thinking. It will also build on the authors' consulting work to create fun and engaging cultures with some of the world's largest organizations and will include interviews with successful people who have learned to use humor in their lives.

Comments:

sergant
The Levity Effect does a good job of proving a very valid point that I already knew ... a work place that encourages light-hearted moments produces a more engaged and productive work force. Without the authors' guidance, I proved through many years of corporate management at all levels (including the board room) that humor does in fact result in the positive results set forth in the book. I am pleased that now there is a good reference to which I can refer my more uptight managers. I hope they will follow the guidance so their workers can relax and be more productive for them. Theory X managers will probably scoff at the concept ... as their workers leave for a more engaging manager.
Pad
Dang, this book is a good one. There are literally tons of work/management books that should be ground up and turned into high-grade mulch. Not this one. Brilliant, funny in discussing fun, and seriously important.

Right now, I'm trying to decide if I should risk getting in trouble for blowing out the budget on 25 copies for my teams. Yeah, it's that good.

I've served 'em FISH! and Given Them the Pickle, and shared the Luv. . . a lot of good times working on making work fun. The Levity Effect is right there with the best of them.

Buy it, read it, share it, live it.
Sharpbinder
The idea of the topic is fun, but it us not really worth a whole book. I got the idea quickly, and the rest was redundant. Some of the jokes were funny, but the overall writing still is too verbose.
Cordantrius
Doesn't really give a whole lot of advice rather to be "light". The author is more focused on why levity works. The books lacks insight, tools or tips on how to be more humorous.
grand star
Although this book has 218 pages, 180 of them say he exact same thing. This mean you are only getting about 38 pages worth of book. And I would be happy with a 38 page book on this topic, but in this case, I had to wade through 180 pages to find the 38 interesting pages.

90% of this book are stories demonstrating that people who are happy are more productive. Sound reasonable. Who would argue with that? They had me with the first 5 stories. I read the next 15 stories thinking that I would be gaining more insight. Nope. All of them were dedicated to this one simple concept. I skipped the next 25 stories and started again at the next chapter. Guess what? The next chapter is EXACTLY the same. This time the stories show that not only are happy people more productive, but this also leads to greater profits. Who needs another chapter to see that greater productivity means greater profits?

Here is a summary of what you will learn. Good stuff, but you won't need to buy the book once you read the following:

- Happy people are more creative, more productive, and healthier
- Happy people are less likely to change jobs
- People listen better if humor is infused into meetings
- An atmosphere of trust is essential before people will lighten up

Then there is a chapter with 142 fun ways to lighten up the office. These things include dressing up for Halloween and celebrating birthdays with cake. Some people may want to read 142 examples, I only needed 25.

Then the most interesting chapter is about how to balance your work and family life. This chapter has 14 short subsections about ways to live a happier life. I found it insightful. It is divided into "Lightening up at home", Lightening up in Public", "Lightening up in Restaurants", and "Lighting up in Private". Again, several of these vignettes were redundant, but at least tolerable (meaning I read them all). You may have already noticed that "Lightening up in Restaurants" is a little silly. It is already covered under the section of "Lightening up in Public". Why didn't they write a section called "Lightening up at the bowling alley" and "Lightening up while driving to work"? Trust me, if this chapter had come earlier in the book, they would have written both of those sections and another 142 others!

So there you have it; happy people are more productive and this leads to greater profits! Cheers.
Ghile
My staff really like this book
Nalmezar
I enjoyed the book but it didn't say much. Just try to be fun and funny and great things will come. It was a quick read. I just think the authors tried to hard to be funny as opposed to layout sound fact and findings. But levity may have been part of the purpose of this book.
Received promptly. In excellent like new condition.
The contents of the book itself?.... well thats entirely your choice! Interesting and enlightening, making life easier by creating a lighter environment to work and interact in.
A must read!

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