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Book Review: The Levity Effect by A. Gostick and S. Christopher March 20, 2009

Posted by shwaldman in Society, Work.
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Note to all managers: Have fun, relax and laugh at work. I was a little disappointmented with this management book. The first 4 or so hours of this book was mostly the authors saying “have fun” with a little bits of companies that implement programs for loosen up their staff.

I can definitely appreciate the things Gostick and Christopher brought to the table in this book. They have worked with lots of relavent and current companies that are known for both their success and their relaxed business environment. But they spent a large portion of the book talking about companies in creative fields, such as advertising and marketing.

In the last hour, the book finally moved into lots of ways to implement levity. The ideas were listed out which makes for tough listening. And the listening of the book was also made more difficult by the straight reading of the book. While I am sure the book was humorous, the narrator (one of the authors) read the words and did not “customize” it as an audio book. It made listening to some sections seem out of place in a book about humor – they should have lossened it up.

I just thought they weren’t practicing what they preached.

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