Our Corporate Life
August 8, 2017   •   Volume 8, Issue 14   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Cracking Wise at Work
Ask Amanda: Should I take a job where digital reports to marketing?
♦   Practical Tips: Optimizing Your Potential
Cracking Wise at Work

One rarely discussed leadership tool is humor. That’s probably because it’s hard to do well and so easy to do badly. However, research shows that not only does the leader benefit by appropriately expressing their sense of humor, but doing so also makes the company more profitable.

According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, “Humor [at work] has been linked with successful leadership, with increases in profit and work compliance...
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Thought to Ponder

Release perfectionism, target consistency.

Practical Tips: Optimizing Your Potential

Most people spend their work life relentlessly responding to other people’s agendas. Just think about how your day begins. How long do you wait before checking your email? Did you take a breath before responding or did your day get hijacked before you even left your house?
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  ask Amanda

I currently am in charge of all the digital activity in our company and I’ve just gotten a really great offer. It’s more money, resources, and a better title—which means I’ll have the opportunity to really innovate. The only issue is, instead of reporting directly into the president I would be reporting into the CMO. I’m not sure what I should do. Any ideas? E.A., Providence, RI

Amanda Mitchell

Your question is a good one—can you conclude that the current reporting structure means that digital (or innovation in the digital space) is not a key priority? And does it indicate that even with a better title the job you’d be taking has less autonomy than the one you have?
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