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Chapter 5. Making Humor Work During Chan... > Taking Advantage of Humor Where You ...

Taking Advantage of Humor Where You Find It

Sometimes, chance alone will provide an opportunity for humor to save the day in the midst of dramatic change. While discussing the loss of a major division in reorganization, the gloomy faces had spread across the entire conference room. When Jim went to pour coffee from the urn, he failed to watch the cup and continued to pour the coffee onto the table. Before he noticed, the President said with alarm, “What do you think you’re doing?” Unable to stop in time, the coffee streamed off the table into his lap. He replied, “What do you think I’m doing? I’m wetting my pants like everyone else.” Everyone roared. It didn’t soften the news, but it helped them get back to dealing with the changes while keeping their perspective. Don’t leave humor to chance during these changing times; plan for it.

Paulson’s Law: The people you most want to spend time with, you have to schedule to even see. The people you least want to spend time with will find you wherever you are.



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