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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470195886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470195888
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gostick and Christopher are serious about levity and its impact on the bottom line, and have plenty of ideas for generating laughter." (Personnel Today, Mon 17th March 2008)

"Why every company needs a fun strategy". (Economist.com, Tuesday 15th April 2008)

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If you think work is no laughing matter, the joke's on you. The Levity Effect uses serious science to reveal the remarkable power of fun and humor in building a productive, engaged, and loyal workforce...and a more successful you.

If you doubt levity is good for business, consider this: lighthearted leaders earn more on average than their more dour peers; entertaining workplaces breed more loyal employees and happier customers; and employees who are considered humorous are vastly more likely to get promoted—especially to senior positions.

The benefits of the levity effect are built on extensive research and case studies from some of the world's most successful organizations. 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.

The Levity Effect also presents extensive research into the subject—including compelling data from the Great Place to Work® Institute's one million-member database—that cuts against the grain of traditional business thinking to reveal that great companies consistently earn significantly higher marks for fun.

The Levity Effect is for anyone who wants to build an engaging, productive work culture and a more successful career. With interviews, extensive research, and lighthearted insight, The Levity Effect turns traditional business thinking on its head to prove again and again that a fun and engaging workplace leads to better business, more focused employees, and satisfied customers.


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I've served 'em FISH!
Pirate Fan
I have struggled ENDLESSLY to find the most effective way to manage/relate to/motivate this new generation of colleagues/ employees/ clients.
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It was good, easy reading.
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This books has reminded me how positive and enjoyable work could be...if I remember to enjoy it. I have struggled ENDLESSLY to find the most effective way to manage/relate to/motivate this new generation of colleagues/ employees/ clients. The workforce and workplace are changing. Stuffy, regimented management styles just don't work anymore--I think we all already know this, but are prohbited to break protocol by corporate policies or conservative corporate environments.
For anyone who sees the bigger, more innovative business picture, the truth is this: Maintaining the status quo will give you just that--status quo results. By just modifying my demeanor to be more accessible, more jovial, and more self-effacing, my team has responded by being more available, more eager, more honest. The change is amazing!
Want a department that is creative, encouraged, and on the leading edge of your industry? Want to increase your team's performance? Want to actually look forward to your work day? You don't need to implement new procedures. You don't need to do a reorg in your department. You don't need to fire your staff, or resign. You can increase creativity, productivity, profitablity, and just about anything you want, while enjoying what you do by changing you! You can look forward to your work day, and have people look forward to working with you. Buy this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pirate Fan on September 17, 2008
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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.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Crapuchettes on June 22, 2009
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Lockwood on July 1, 2008
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on April 9, 2010
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The most effective leaders know how to fully engage their employees in the process called "work". They frequently use humor in their approach to employee relations; most of all, they convey a genuine commitment to supporting their employees, with no hidden agendas.
How do they do it? As Adrian Gostick observes, they understand the value of "lightening up". After all, life's too important to take too seriously, and that even applies to "work". Have fun! We're not here for a long time; we're here for a good time.

Of course, the happy employees are usually the most motivated and most productive. It should be a part of every company's mission statement - ingrained in their culture - that it's absolutely mandatory to have fun, every day. That would be one company policy everyone would embrace; and it wouldn't hurt the bottom line, either. Come on, corporate America; get with the program and instill a little levity in your drab existence. Your employees will thank you; your customers will thank you; and the stockholders will be pleased, as well.
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