Thursday, May 13, 2010

humor in a manager

Now I feel humor is a universal tool and often a first-aid kit for a development team leader, esp. in fast pace, high pressure environments…

The higher one climbs, the more important humor becomes. Look at Obama vs. Hilary…

People say Asian managers are less good at it…

I'm not good at it. As a young engineer I was a bit flamboyant, rather unconventional, and sometimes foolhardy, but as a saving grace I was honest, reliable, quick and helpful to colleagues. I broke lots of rules. was somewhat fun to work with, but unknowingly offended countless colleagues, esp. in large corporations. In fact this is a key reason why I always feel uncomfortable in large companies with structures and protocols

Within such constraints, I find it hard to exercise whatever little humor I have.

By contrast, in smaller companies I interact with CEO or top level managers. They know my personality and accept me. As a result, everyone else has to bear with me. In such a "freer" environment, I would relax and a tiny trickle of humor flows.  

Humorous people are usually smart and smart people are usually humorous. For me, a third thing to make a trio is cool confidence.  Smart and humorous people are usually relaxed and confident. Cool and smart people are usually humorous.…

My sister is humorous, everyone agrees. Also very confident, and a mid-level manger in a large MNC.

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