Title: Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life Author: Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas Genre: Nonfiction Publish Date: February 2, 2021 # of Pages: 272 Rating: 4.5/5
(Goodreads) Anyone–even you!–can learn how to harness the power of humor in business (and life), based on the popular class at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Working professionals have fallen off a humor cliff. In fact, around the time we enter the workforce, the number of times we laugh and smile on an average day statistically starts to plummet.
And yet, research shows that humor is one of the most powerful tools we have for accomplishing serious work. Studies reveal that humor makes us appear more competent and confident, strengthens relationships, unlocks creativity, and boosts our resilience during difficult times. Plus, it fends off a permanent and unsightly frown known as “resting boss face”.
Top executives are in on the secret: 98 percent prefer employees with a sense of humor, and 84 percent believe that these employees do better work. But even for those who intuitively understand humor’s power, few know how to wield it with intention. As a result, humor is vastly underleveraged in most workplaces today, impacting our performance, relationships, and health.
That’s why Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas teach the popular course Humor: Serious Business at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where they help some of the world’s most hard-driving, blazer-wearing business minds build levity into their organizations and lives. In Humor, Seriously, they draw on findings by behavioral scientists, world-class comedians, and inspiring business leaders to reveal how humor works and–more important–how you can use it more often and effectively
Aaker and Bagdonas unpack the theory and application of humor: what makes something funny and how to mine your life for material. They show how to use humor to make a strong first impression, deliver difficult feedback, persuade and motivate others, and foster cultures where levity and creativity can thrive–not to mention, how to keep it appropriate and recover if you cross a line. Illustrations by Michelle Rial reinforce these lessons and add humor throughout.
President Dwight David Eisenhower once said, “A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” If Eisenhower, the second least naturally funny president ever (after Franklin Pierce), thought humor was necessary to win wars, build highways, and warn against the military-industrial complex, then you might consider learning it too.
Title: The Cousins Author: Karen M. McManus Genre: Mystery Thriller, YA, Contemporary Publish Date: December 1, 2020 # of Pages: 336 Rating: 3.5/5
(Goodreads) From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You’ll never feel the same about family again.
Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.
Their parents are all clear on one point–not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious–and dark–their family’s past is.
The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over–and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.
Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid Genre: Historical Romance, LGBT Publish Date: June 13, 2017 # of Pages: 391 Rating: 4.5/5
(Goodreads) Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.
When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
October has been a crazy month with my blogging schedule all over the place! If you have been following my blog regularly, you would know that I barely posted anything in the last two weeks. Most of this has been due to a slightly busier social life this month after what feels like forever!
October and November are the peak festive months in India, and some of the biggest Hindu festivals are celebrated during this time. Although the festivities are lesser in rigour due to the pandemic, there is still a general festive vibe in the air and lots of shopping and eating is involved! October is also my birthday month, which gives me another reason to celebrate!
What I Read...
I read 9 books this month, which is slightly lower than my usual number. However, given the very limited time to reading I did dedicate this month, I am still impressed with this number. Here is what I read this month!
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at The Book Date.
Look who’s back! I have been MIA for a whole week, which is quite uncharacteristic for me. The past few weeks have been quite busy in terms of personal life events, and left me with little time and energy to blog. We are also celebrating major festivals during these weeks so goes without saying, I am going to be super busy! I will be back in a week or so though, I promise!
Here’s a quick update on what I’ve read in the past 2 weeks (as I missed the IMWAYR post last week…oops!)