The Serious Business Of Leading With Fun….

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Have fun, and the world will follow. There really is no more enduring and endearing leadership quality than a leader who spreads joy. Someone who is clearly is passionate about their leadership and loves people, who invites others to have fun, is someone who people want to follow and frankly, is someone who knows how to lead people where they most want to go.seriousfun

There is a fine line between silly and clever, you can’t force fun. To interject fun into your leadership, you have to be sensitive to fun, be aware of its continued and ubiquitous presence in day to day life. Fun can be serious business. You must first know what fun is and second, know yourself, about yourself, what is fun for you.

Highly successful leaders today facilitates, leads by example, encourages and participates with their teams members to achieve TEAM results. When the team  feels fully engaged and part of the process, then every member of the team take personal pride in the results. Having fun along the way supports engagement and creates an atmosphere where creativity can be unleashed.

To put it bluntly, the days of dictator leader where teams just wait for their orders are fading. For some, that may still be fun, but not everyone is having a great time – maybe the leader who loves to be in control.

Defining fun can be tricky. It’s not turning your office into a comedy club. Fun is…well…think of it as more an environment change. “Fun” for this purpose is an environment where teams come in knowing that they will be challenged to take risks, failure is not a punch line and allows for room to grow and expand their knowledge base.

Leading with fun is a serious topic, but one that can radically change your process and motivate your teams to great heights.

 

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Jennifer Olney
Over the course of my career, I have been sought after by numerous organizations to bring my talents in the arenas of sales, marketing and business development to tackle their challenges that affect their performance and organizational growth. I have served as a partner, founder and director working in the trenches to define problems, develop processes and tools and identify areas of improvement to help these organization achieve their goals and improve their bottom lines. I am the Founder, Director of Business and Editor for BEALEADER. BEALEADER is an organization that focuses on providing content and business services to the executive level audience that compromises three business units: BEALEADER Business Services, BEALEADER Executive Coaching and BEALEADER Media.
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  • September 13, 2012

    Alli Polin

    Really looking forward to tonight’s topic! I’ve worked places where I think some of the managers were more interested in planning the Halloween party, followed by the Holiday party and the Gee it’s Tuesday party. I’ve also worked places where we celebrated successes, bonded as a team and laughed a lot along the way. Work without fun is drudgery but you’re right – it can be a fine line.

  • September 13, 2012

    Jennifer Olney

    Thanks, Alli. This topic is tough for many. Too much fun – and you lose credibility and too little fun and you are seen as the “ogre” that doesn’t know how to loosen up. I’ve been in those offices as well – and it’s relatable I think for many folks. We tend to work better when we having fun – it’s not a chore when the work is being done and the fun is in the process of the task. It’s not about being a “good time charlie” but being one that give permission to enjoy your work, enjoy the team environment and feel free to love what you are doing. Look forward to seeing you tonight!

  • September 13, 2012

    scott_elumn8

    Once when I was in the role of helping to define the core values for an organization and culture i suggested that “fun” should be on the list. The debate that followed showed me just how much we have wrestle with the boundaries for fun… in the end it came down to an energy rather than trying to create a comedy club. Encouraging laughter, humor, joy, celebration and a little silliness. What we were clear was not included was sarcasm, inappropriate, etc. We ended up with “Be Happy” and having fun was certainly a part of that. Great post. More fun! More cowbell!

  • September 13, 2012

    Jennifer Olney

    More Cowbell…LOL. Scott!

    It is a tough subject for many to discuss and as well implement in their organizations. This is not easy. I’ve see so many do it badly – too silly, too much on the corny side and some who do it with such great effort and it makes a huge difference in the way the teams collaborate and the company processes run.

    Sarcasm…has its points but can be lost in the translation and I know many struggle with this one piece. If you do it well – it has a great way to break the tension.

    Look forward to your input tonight.

  • September 13, 2012

    Redge

    This is a great topic and having fun in the workplace is a concept that I fully embrace and practice. We work hard, play hard, and have fun in the process. I find that humor helps to keep the guard down and the mind open.

    Yes, there is a fine line though I find the culture, under the right leadership, evolves to recognize when and where fun is appropriate. I recall sitting in a meeting that became rather tense and the mood was more than solemn. The only way to break through was to inject a little humor to get things going again.

    I expect our team to come to work prepared to have some fun in the process. See you at the chat.

  • September 13, 2012

    Jennifer Olney

    Thanks for coming in tonight, Redge. Humor, fun breaks up the tension. We tend to let our guard down and be more human in these moments. We have to interject the fun and let it flow so that we don’t have tension build up in the workplace. We cannot be so rigid in our environment that fun is eliminated.

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