Monday, June 15, 2015

Change is no laughing matter?

I think humour is an essential part of planning and managing change.

Let’s assume we are all good at our jobs. Let’s also assume our jobs are not simple. Understanding when to laugh is like evaluating risk – if it’s all BIG and all RISKY, teams and projects would quickly become paralyzed.

As a leader, you need to help your folks blow off steam. Depending on your style, that can take many forms; humour is a recommended outlet.

Here’s a starter kit of jokes for you:
  • Any project can be estimated accurately (once it's completed).
  • Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn't have to do it.
  • At the heart of every large project is a small project trying to get out.
  • Right answers to wrong questions are just as wrong as wrong answers to right questions.
  • Of several possible interpretations of a communication, the least convenient is the correct one.
  • How many change managers does it take to change a light bulb?
    How many do you have? – we’d like to hold a meeting to discuss all the ramifications of the change.
    None, it’s better to keep employees in the dark.

    "You were supposed to have changed that light bulb last week!"
And check out these cartoons:
Make ‘em laugh – thanks Donald…

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