Month: June 2016

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office-humour

Humour at Work (Part 5): Comedy Case Study

Southwest Airlines president & CEO, Herbert D. Kelleher was dubbed by Fortune Magazine as the ‘High Priest of Ha Ha’. His beliefs and attitude has spread right through the company; showing how humour can enhance staff-management relations, customer service and profits. This highly effective airline operates from Dallas, in an industry which is plagued by:…
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Humour at Work (Part 4): The Practitioners

US company Ben & Jerry ice cream manufacturer, have pushed fun in the office to extremes. with employees looking forward to Barry Manilow or Elvis days; on which everyone is encouraged to dress as Barry or Elvis and their music is blasted through the building. There are chocolate days giving them the chance to dip…
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Humour at Work (Part 3): Clowning, Teasing & Satire

Ackroyd & Thompson believed the struggle for identity, is often played out through misbehaviour and joking in the work place. They identified three types of humour in work, labelling them as Clowning, Teasing and Satire. Clowning Clowning is a form of humour in which people make fools of themselves (become the butt of their own…
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Humour at Work (Part 2): The Research

We have seen how satire from our favourite comedians, in a newspaper, or topical TV & radio shows such as: ‘That was the week that was’, ‘Spitting Image’, ‘Now Show’ and ‘Weekending’; has a way of making us laugh, because we see an element of truth in the joke. The same happens in the workplace,…
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Humour at Work (Part 1): 8 Benefits of Comedy

Comedy at Work The most wasted of all days is the one which you did not laugh. In many offices, pinned on noticeboards or over people’s desks, you can often read… ‘You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it helps’. It became a rather irritating cliché, put on display in several work…
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Five Creative Tips: Parody in Advertising

Parody is a well tried and tested form of humour used in many comedy sketch shows, films and indeed advertising. It is an artistic form within its self, sometimes called a spoof and has elements similar to pastiche. Parody is ‘A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a…
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Graham Gooch

Graham Gooch Speaks out !

The only time I played truant as a teenager from school, sneaking back into the house, switching on the TV, was to watch Graham Gooch bat in his first Test Match against Australia at Edgbaston in 1975. No one noticed my brief absence as I was back at school quicker than a Jeff Thompson delivery.…
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Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

Muhammad Ali is the only person in my adulthood, who I queued, three hours in the rain, outside a London bookshop to briefly meet to get his signature on his latest autobiography. Such was his immense respect, impact and likeability to millions. By then he was suffering from Parkinson’s, his hand with pen was gently…
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