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clown.jpgIn case you’re wondering, there isn’t a typographical error in today’s title. We don’t want to talk about crowning achievements.

We saw a fantastic article in Business Week about the impact of humor in organizations. It’s an interview with Chris Robert, a management professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and author of a recent study The Case for Developing New Research on Humor and Culture in Organizations: Toward a Higher Grade of Manure.

Now there’s a professor with a great sense of humor!

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Chuckles and creativity are connected

In his paper, he points out that humor is a universal language. It helps us feel more comfortable with other people. It brings out our child-like nature. It’s also contagious – one joke often brings on another.

Humor is also associated with intelligence and creativity, highly valued traits in today’s workplace. Dr. Robert notes that the main theory about humor is that we often laugh when two disparate things are put together.

A theory about humor? How funny!

He states that creativity often involves the same thing – connecting the dots. This link between being funny and being creative is supported by a number of studies.

Crack a joke and keep your employees

There’s also a strong connection between humor and positive emotions. He says that numerous studies have linked positive feelings with productivity in the workplace. So if you want a higher performing team, develop a sense of humor.

Finally, he points out that the real benefit comes in employee retention. People are less likely to quit if they feel their place of work is a positive place to be.

So how do you bring humor into the workplace?

Connect the dots

As we mentioned earlier, connect things that don’t naturally fit together. Here’s an example from Jay Leno:

“It’s crazy. First we had Mad Cow. Then we had bird flue. Now we have swine flu. Do we have to check the Chinese horoscope to see what flu is coming next?”

He’s mixing a current topic in with animals and the Chinese horoscope.

Pull it back in

Bring up a topic that was funny earlier. Or maybe it wasn’t funny earlier but it may be funny now. David Letterman is a master at this. Do you remember, “Uma … Oprah”? It bombed at the Oscars, but Dave often gets a bigg chortle when he does this.

Word play

The title to this post is an example. It may not make you laugh out loud, but you might get a little chuckle out of it. Sometimes a play on words can set off a bigg laugh.

A few lessons

Share other people’s humor like we did with Jay Leno. Understand that humor is subjective. You have to know your audience. Dave’s humor didn’t fly at the Oscars.

Be yourself. You can’t force it. Some people are good at off-the-cuff comments. Others have to plan it out.

Finally, remember that you don’t have to be funny yourself to participate. Laughing at a joke connects you just as much as making one!

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Please join us next time when we talk about a great way to have fun with your friends using only things you already have in your home.

Thanks so much for reading our post today. Until next time, here’s to your bigg success!

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100 Tips to Succeed Bigg!

100

Today is a special blog for us – it is number 100!

Bigg Success was born on Nov 12, 2007 with our first Bigg Success Show. It’s been a bigg ride so far!

Comments from you
It’s always great to hear from you. One of our favorite comments was a listener who told us that The Bigg Success Show is her daily mojo!

We also love it when people tell us they got a good laugh. Admittedly, it’s easier to deliver a laugh on the show than in our blog – sometimes it doesn’t translate well. By the way, to hear the show, just click the  button near the top of this page.

We strive to deliver a daily lesson and a laugh in five minutes or so. We believe that it’s better not to be too serious, but still give practical suggestions. It’s been great to hear from so many of you that you did indeed use one of our tidbits.

We don’t know it all and we don’t pretend to. In fact, on the show, George said, “I usually assume that I know less than anyone in the room. Unfortunately, it usually turns out that I’m right!”We value your input and it’s so easy to give it – all you have to do is type! Just click on the article title and look for “Leave a Reply” at the bottom of the page.

Celebrating a milestone
So today is a milestone for us. When we discussed Climbing the Stairway to Success, we said you should give yourself a treat when you hit a goal. Well, we’re practicing what we preach by taking some time to savor the moment with you today.

100 tips – we’ve delivered three times our promise
We promised 100 tips to succeed bigg in our title today. We include a bigg quote in every blog. So go to our Bigg Quotes page and you’ll find a link to the blog where that quote was featured. You can count them – there’s 100!

We would count them ourselves but between the two of us we only have twenty fingers and toes!

In reality, we discuss at least three tips on every show, so you’ll find over 300 tips to succeed bigg! That’s three times what we promised! Check it out for yourself! We dare you!

Two of our favorites
You’ve heard us say that when you face an obstacle, you have to find way past it. At Super Bowl time, we did a show called Fumble Forward. We wanted to highlight one of the most famous fumbles of all time, but we couldn’t get licensing permission to air the original broadcast. So we recreated it ourselves. (Hear the clip in The Bigg Success Show. Click above.) 

Mary-Lynn said she’s never been a sports broadcaster. It was fun! Finding a creative solution to the problem was even more rewarding.

We did a show on multi-tasking – Can You Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time? Unfortunately, George showed all of you that he can’t.
(Hear the clip in The Bigg Success Show. Click above.)

Mary-Lynn said George better give up on Dancing with the Stars!

Announcement

On February 29, we did a special leap year show about the growing trend of people traveling while working, Leaping from Place to Place.

And speaking of taking a leap, we got married that day! George said it’s great – he only has to remember an anniversary every four years!

Will you help?
We started Bigg Success to bring together a community of like-minded people who would help each other succeed bigg. We may be the conductors, but it takes an orchestra for the music to be sweet.

Here’s one thing YOU can do to help – tell everyone you know about Bigg Success!

When you hear a show or read a blog that you like, share it! An easy way to do this is to click on the “Share This” button at the bottom of each post. There are a number of options – one is to e-mail a friend.

We thank you so much for being part of Bigg Success!

Our bigg quote today is by David Joseph Schwartz, who said,

“The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time. A house is built one brick at a time. Football games are won a play at a time. A department store grows bigger one customer
at a time. Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments.”

Your accomplishments may seem tiny on their own, but when you put them together, they’re mighty.

That’s the mighty tinies, not the tidy whities!

Next time, we’ll discuss five laws of stratospheric success. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Bigg Fun 31

By Bigg Success Staff
06-26-08

You can't have Bigg Success without a good laugh from time to time.  You'll find fun videos here, jokes, humorous stories and more. Send your fun stuff to bigginfo@biggsuccees.com. We’re looking for funny videos, photos, e-mails, resumes, signs, jokes, or anything else that relate to work and life.

This Week

A video of two guys who dance on the floor, a joke about a friend who just doesn’t get it, and a picture that you don’t want to see!

Video of the Week

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This guy gets help dancing from someone who just won’t beat it!
Click here to see the dance in action!

Source: Jokeroo

Joke of the Week

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Two friends went out to play golf and were about to tee off, when one fellow noticed that his partner had but one golf ball.

"Don't you have at least one other golf ball?", he asked.

The other guy replied, “No, I only need one.”

"Are you sure," the friend persisted. "What happens if you lose that ball?"

The other guy replied, "This is a very special golf ball. I won't lose it so I don't need another one."

”Well what happens if you miss your shot and the ball goes in the lake?"

"That's okay," he replied, "this special golf ball floats. I'll be able to retrieve it."

"Well what happens if you hit it into the trees and it gets lost among the bushes and shrubs?"

"That's okay too,” the guy replied, “You see, this special golf ball has a homing beacon. I'll be able to get it back – no problem."

Exasperated, the friend asks, "Okay. Let's say our game goes late, the sun goes down, and you hit your ball into a sand trap. What are you going to do then?"

"No problem," says the other guy, "you see, this ball is fluorescent. I'll be able to see it in the dark."

Finally, satisfied that he needs only the one golf ball, the friend asks, "Hey, where did you get a golf ball like that anyway?"

The other guy replies, "I found it."

Source: holidayspot.com

Picture of the Week

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Wouldn’t you hate to wake up and see this?

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Bigg Fun 30

By Bigg Success Staff
06-19-08

You can't have Bigg Success without a good laugh from time to time.  You'll find fun videos here, jokes, humorous stories and more. Send your fun stuff to bigginfo@biggsuccees.com. We’re looking for funny videos, photos, e-mails, resumes, signs, jokes, or anything else that relate to work and life.

This Week

A video of dads doing their best to pitch in, a thought about a father’s expectations, and our video greeting to all dads.

Video of the Week

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It’s good to have a work-out buddy. Check out these two cats on a treadmill.
Click here to see the cats in action!

Source: FunnyHub

Web Site of the Week

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You may not be willing to give your kingdom for a horse, but what would you give your a good insult? Check out the Shakespeare insult kit, thou droning, fly-bitten miscreant! 

Picture of the Week

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It’s good to toast your friends. Just don’t get carried away with it!

Source: All Funny Pictures

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Bigg Fun 29

By Bigg Success Staff
06-11-08

You can't have Bigg Success without a good laugh from time to time.  You'll find fun videos here, jokes, humorous stories and more. Send your fun stuff to bigginfo@biggsuccees.com. We’re looking for funny videos, photos, e-mails, resumes, signs, jokes, or anything else that relate to work and life.

This Week

A video of dads doing their best to pitch in, a thought about a father’s expectations, and our video greeting to all dads.

Video of the Week

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A lot of dads have changed the world … but how do they do with changing diapers?
Click here to see the dads changing diapers video.

Source: JibJab

Thought for the Week

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"A father is a man who expects his son to be as good as he meant to be."
 

Video Card of the Week

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Happy Father’s Day to all dads from Bigg Success!
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Source: metacafe 

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Bigg Fun 27

By Bigg Success Staff
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You can't have Bigg Success without a good laugh from time to time.  You'll find fun videos here, jokes, humorous stories and more. Send your fun stuff to bigginfo@biggsuccees.com. We’re looking for funny videos, photos, e-mails, resumes, signs, jokes, or anything else that relate to work and life.

This Week

A video of some robots that won’t step on your toes, a test of your geekiness, and a picture of the cat that got the mouse!

Video of the Week

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Fred Astaire might be worried if he saw this video! Click here to see the video.

Source: Jokeroo

Quiz of the Week

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Find out how much of a nerd you are with this simple test. Click here to take the test

Source: NerdTests.com

Picture of the Week

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Something crashed on my computer and my mouse is missing! 

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Bigg Fun 26

By Bigg Success Staff
05-22-08

You can't have Bigg Success without a good laugh from time to time.  You'll find fun videos here, jokes, humorous stories and more. Send your fun stuff to bigginfo@biggsuccees.com. We’re looking for funny videos, photos, e-mails, resumes, signs, jokes, or anything else that relate to work and life.

Theme This Week

In honor of the Indy 500, this week you will find: A video of a pit crew that puts a new spin on things, a game that puts you in the driver’s seat, and a picture of a car that flushes out the competition!

Video of the Week

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Here’s a pit crew with a little too much power! Click here to see the video.

Source: You Tube 

Game of the Week

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Put yourself behind the wheel of your own race car with this fun racing game. Click here to play. 

Source: 4Arcade

Picture of the Week

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This vehicle isn’t Indy Racing League approved because it’s gone to pot!

Source: Funny Games

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