On the Lighter Side: Style and Motivation

If I have a sense of humor, it could probably be described as wry...with a twist of strange, and a pinch of silly.  Perhaps that is why I like humorists like Dave Barry, Steven Wright ("I've written several children's books ... Not on purpose") and Jack Handey.  I've used some quotes from Jack Handey's books Deep Thoughts, Deeper Thoughts, and Deepest Thoughts when I brief teams on their DiSC Styles.  For example, I've highlighted (perhaps confusingly) the differences between the "Thinking" and "Feeling" dimensions of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator with this deep thought:

"Whenever someone asks me to define love, I usually think for a minute, then I spin around and pin the guy's arm behind his back. Now who's asking the questions?"  So is the author more a thinking type or a feeling type?

I'm also equally disenchanted with motivational posters as are the website creators of despair.com.  One of my favorite posters of their is "Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now."  I've used some of this demotivators to gain the attention of participants in emerging leader development programs.  Plus, it serves to keep me entertained.

I have no ultra-significant point here, except to consider including elements of things that you enjoy in your work, and just maybe a few others will enjoy them too.

Brian Carlsen

847-313-0736, brian@carlsenworklifeconsulting.com