Make 'em Laugh!

In a recent study 7000 companies were researched to identify the key elements of what makes companies ‘extraordinary’. 9 companies were identified as being truly ‘breakthrough’.

One of the surprising traits identified in the 9 companies was that the leaders of the businesses had retained a sense of humour!

The danger is taking yourself or your business too seriously

The research found that when you, the business leader, lose your sense of humour everyone else in the company loses theirs too.

It is stressful enough running a business without having an environment where everyone is serious all of the time. If we can learn to laugh at ourselves occasionally, it teaches our people that it is OK to laugh at themselves and also that it is OK to make a mistake.

I’d just like to add to this, that in my opinion, mistakes are allowed as long as we learn from them and don’t make the same mistake twice! 

Breakthrough companies were populated with people who didn’t take themselves too seriously.

Whether it is interactions with clients, customers or staff, it helps to keep a hopeful spirit and to keep the mood light.

This can be applied across the board from small companies to huge corporate giants; take google – they have managed to retain, a light, easy, bright human culture in spite of huge growth.

What are you going to do today to lighten the mood?

Who would have thought…. making them laugh can make you more successful!

Have a humorous and action packed day!

Kind regards

Laura Ashley-Timms - Director of Coaching