On this episode of The Ultimate Leadership Podcast, you meet best-selling author and one woman show June Cline who will let you in on her little secret: infusing humor in your workplace will bring in a tremendous return on investment.
On today’s podcast:
Is there really a place for humor in the workforce?
- What is your comedic style?
- How do we interact with people whose comedy style we are not comfortable with?
- Do you have emotional bank accounts?
- You have to know what feeds your soul
- June’s happiness recipe
- Happiness Recipe: Whippin’ up happiness with wit, wisdom and wonderful food!
- June presenting at the TEDxCPW Centennial Park Women
- Comedic style quiz
How to have ROI out of LOL
June uses the power of laughter in order to boost company morale.
She discovered that when we start laughing and lightening up we build better relationships and are able to accomplish more.
June helps organizations and leaders to understand that their humor matters.
There has to be humor in the workplace, or we will lose our sanity. We have to be able to laugh at the situation and at ourselves in particular.
June’s four comedic styles
June speaks about four comedic styles. They are like behavioral styles, and there is no right or wrong approach.
We all possess all four styles. Depending on the situation we will gravitate our default to one style more than the other.
The first style of humor is the crazy one. Crazies are people with a bizarre, out there humor. They are typically very outrageous, and oftentimes their humor is very physical.
The crazy comedic style is the most frequently encountered.
Understanding that each one of us has his own comedic style
How do we interact with people whose comedy style we are not comfortable with?
This is the question June is answering through her work. Her mission is to heighten awareness and help people be more understanding towards each other.
We all come with our preferred comedic style. We shouldn’t be put off by someone else’s style of humor, instead we should try to understand it.
There are times when people are using humor as a weapon and are really coming after you. When that happens, you can call them out and say “That was harsh. Is that how you intended that?”
And you can come right back at them with the same intensity of what you think you got from them. But again, it may just be their style.
Emotional bank accounts
The second comedic style is the caustic one. Etymologically, sarcasm means “to tear the flesh to the bone”.
Oftentimes we hide the truth behind sarcasm when we are at work. That can be a very detrimental way to use humor. Sometimes you can be cynical without realizing it.
Caustic people tend to be more cynical, insulting, maybe even a bit more hateful. They tease, they taunt. Sometimes they are considered bullies.
Finding out about the concept of emotional bank accounts changed June’s life. For every emotional negative hit, it takes 20 positive hits or more to bring that back to equal.
The caring and cerebral comedic styles
The third comedic style is the caring one. The carings use personal, usually harmless humor. Usually, they are poking fun at themselves. They are very optimistic and are taking responsibility for their humor.
The forth one is the cerebral one. The cerebrals are too erudite. June calls cerebral humor English humor. The more you make people think about what you’ve said, they will go down a rabbit hole, and they won’t stay with you for the punchline.
The cerebrals are much more factual, data-driven, and intellectual. Their humor is dry and satirical. They love the phrase “If it goes without saying, let it”.
June’s quest for a happiness recipe
You can see the comedic culture of the company, of the team. And it blows people’s minds. Your sense of humor the way you see it and the way other people do, it can be very different.
In her book, Happiness Recipe, together with her friend Sandy Weaver Carman, June interviewed thought leaders, internationally-known speakers, and other experts to find out what their happiness recipe is.
They discovered that a lot of people don’t know what makes them happy. It’s something people should be clear on.
The top three things that make June happy are freedom, excitement, and adventure. When she realized this, she understood why certain jobs or certain people don’t work for her.