Leading with Laughter to Build an Inspiring Workplace Culture

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:03+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

I sat down a awhile back with Paul Spiegelman, the founder and CEO of Beryl and the author of “Why is Everyone Smiling?” at Beryl’s headquarters in Bedford, Texas.  Paul Spiegelman is a truly inspiring leader, someone who has nurtured one of the top workplaces in the world. Beryl is known for its family-friendly, employee-centric [...]

Practice Safe Humor When Overseas

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:18+00:00 September 30th, 2010|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

Many years ago, while speaking to a group of Thai delegates on a trip through the Rockies, I told my favourite grizzly joke. The interpreter spent 3 minutes translating my hilarious joke, where upon the group gazed at me with an eerie collective silence. Their facial expressions seemed to be saying, “Is this man mentally [...]

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Laughter is a Stress Buster

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:19+00:00 August 2nd, 2010|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

“If you can find humor in anything, you can survive it” — Bill Cosby Numerous studies conclude that laughter boosts the immune system, releases endorphins that lower blood pressure, and promotes a sense of health and well being. A familiar Proverb claims, “A merry heart is good like medicine” (Prov. 15:13). Yogic laughter is one [...]

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Laughter at Work

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:24+00:00 June 1st, 2010|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: , |

  Laughter and work may seem like an oxymoron. Work is often associated with words like serious, dignified, and composed while laughter is associated with foolishness or goofing off. Granted, even good things can be bad if taken to extreme.  Laughter that is offensive or disrespectful is never funny or appropriate. However, laughter and work do [...]