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Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life (And how anyone can harness it. Even you.) Hardcover – February 2, 2021
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“I’ve learned (often the hard way) that the best way to be taken seriously is to not take yourself too seriously. My teams are always at their best when approaching problems with levity, which entails both humility and optimism and always engenders trust. Plus, it’s more fun—like this book!”—Eric Schmidt, former CEO and executive chair of Google (Alphabet)
“Humor is an act of social courage that, when used correctly, has a transformative effect. Humor, Seriously gives us the tools we need to deploy humor expertly in any environment.”—Susan Cain, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet
“If you think your workplace would work better if everyone laughed more, this is your playbook.”—Chip Heath, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Moments
“Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas make a scientific case for the importance of humor and show that it’s an incredible way to connect with customers and build culture. This book will help anyone embrace the power of laughter.”—Sara Blakley, founder and CEO of Spanx
“A sharp, incisive, and genuinely funny read that translates knowledge of the world of comedy to tools that actually work in the world of business.”—Anne Libera, director of comedy studies at The Second City
“Business is serious and the world is serious, especially right now. That means we need the ideas described in Humor, Seriously even more than ever. Not because levity and humor are ways to relieve the pressure of serious times, although they are, but because they unlock our humanity in the moments where we most need it.”—Tim Brown, chair of IDEO and author of Change by Design
“Eye-opening, hilarious, and absolutely original, Humor, Seriously will change the way you think on the job, about the world, and in your life.”—Leslie Blodgett, founder and former CEO of Bare Escentuals
“Fresh, profound, and consistently entertaining. I know the words ‘evidence-based’ don’t immediately connote riotous laughter, but Aaker and Bagdonas bring some irresistibly compelling science to the art and application of humor.”—Kelly Leonard, executive vice president of The Second City
“Of all the known ways to ruin humor, the most common start with the words ‘research,’ ‘analyze,’ and ‘professor.’ The bad news is that this book features all of those words. Prominently. The good news is that against all odds, you’ll actually have fun reading it.”—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
“In this eye-opening, important and utterly enjoyable book, Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas use science to explain how humor at work (and in life) helps alleviate stress, anxiety, and burnout. Come for the humor, stay for the insights.”—Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post and CEO of Thrive Global
About the Author
Naomi Bagdonas is a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an executive coach. She facilitates interactive sessions for leaders, Fortune 100 companies, and nonprofits and coaches executives and celebrities for appearances on shows ranging from Saturday Night Live to Today. Formerly trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Bagdonas performs at comedy venues and teaches improv in San Francisco’s county jail. Her constant stream of foster dogs describe her as gullible and full of treats.
- Publisher : Currency; Illustrated edition (February 2, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593135288
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593135280
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.39 x 1.07 x 9.41 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. This book will make you funny, persuasive, leader-y and downright tolerable in conversation.
2. Further you are absolutely guaranteed not to be fired for making inappropriate jokes at work, if you can prove you have read it.
3. If you read all the way to the end (without skipping anything!) the authors PROMISE that you will die without regret, though not necessarily immediately.
* 1 out of 3 for sure. 2 out of 3 likely.
The book has a great tone to it. The authors did a lot of research. Some of their examples may have you going, “Who’s that?” if you go to bed before 11pm (I got a sense that the authors relate more to Seth Meyers more than Stephen Colbert). Other examples will have you smile, laugh, and say to yourself “Great suggestion!” If you purchase the print version, be liberal with a highlighter or post-its for some of the pearls that are sprinkled throughout the book. Or wait, pearls roll and aren’t sprinkled. Tips.
“Humor, Seriously” is highly practical as being a great read. Try the tips they suggest. Better yet, incorporate them in your professional/personal dealings with others. People may not be rolling on the floor with your comments during meetings (and they shouldn’t), for example, but your points will probably be listened to more, people will probably at some level, will enjoy working with you more, and you won’t require a food taster or Kevlar attire during lunches and meetings.
Even Snipers (from a test you can take online), will benefit from the book. Some people just don’t get irony and haven’t even heard of Oscar Wilde!
It's hard to digest the authors soul-crushing data that that once humans go to work we don’t laugh much again until we retire.. I hope more business leaders will read this and decide to create more time and space for us to be human together!