Levity Effect

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The Levity Effect uses serious science to reveal the remarkable power of humor and fun in business. Science proves it?fun is good for business! Based on ten years of extensive research, the authors argue against business tradition to reveal the powerful bottom-line benefits of leading with levity. With interviews, exercises, and case studies, the book reveals how humor in the workplace will help you communicate messages, build camaraderie, and encourage creativity for a better workplace and bigger profits.

Adrian Gostick is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Invisible Employee and The Carrot Principle, as well as the BusinessWeek bestseller A Carrot a Day, The Integrity Advantage, and The 24-Carrot Manager.

Scott Christopher is an author, speaker, and regular columnist for Workplace HR magazine. He is the author of the book Lighten Up, as well as a film and television actor.

Praise for The Levity Effect

"What may be the most valuable business book of the year...The Levity Effect can change the way you look at corporate culture."
Joe Calloway, author of Work Like You're Showing Off!

"Gostick and Christopher entertain us with humorous anecdotes and educate us with research, evidence, real-life examples, and practical applications."
Jim Kouzes, coauthor of The Leadership Challenge

"I absolutely loved this book. Levity is common sense that is uncommonly practiced."
Stephan Mardyks, President, International, Franklin Covey

"The message of The Levity Effect is much needed. The skills for using levity appropriately, and the benefits of doing so, are clearly explained in this enjoyable book."
Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor

"A book that proves the theory that you can work hard, reach impressive goals, and still have fun doing it. And told in a way that grabs you from page one."
Eric J. Lange, Senior Vice President, The Nielsen Company

"Wow! The funniest, most original business book in ages. With persuasive research and case studies from the least likely businesses."
Chester Elton, coauthor of The Invisible Employee


Acknowledgments vii

PART I: The Case for Levity 1

Chapter One: Levity Is a Funny Thing: If They're Busting a Gut, They'll Bust Their Butts 9

Chapter Two: Levity EffectCommunication: If They're Laughing, They're Listening 37

Chapter Three: Levity EffectInnovation: With Comedy, There's Creativity 73

Chapter Four: Levity EffectRespect: In You They Trust 101

Chapter Five: Levity EffectHealth: Good for What Ails You 113

Chapter Six: Levity EffectWealth: Laughing All the Way to the Bank 129

PART II: Getting Lighter 145

Chapter Seven: 142 Ways to Have Fun at Work: How to Bring the Levity Effect to Work 151

Chapter Eight: Overcoming Objections to Levity: So What if I'm a Brow Knitter? 171

Chapter Nine: Levity for Life: Bringing Home the Fun 191

Conclusion: Your Levity IQ 207

Notes 219

About the Authors 227

Learn More at Levityeffect.com 229

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