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The Levity Effect: Why it Pays to Lighten Up Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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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 promotedespecially 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 subjectincluding compelling data from the Great Place to Work® Institute's one million-member databasethat 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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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.
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.
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!