The Bregman Leadership Podcast
Episode 240

Dr. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas

Humor Seriously

Can you learn to be funnier—and bring humor to the workplace? In their newest book, Humour, Seriously, Dr. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas explore the decline of humor in the workplace and how you can bring levity back to your business. Discover the four myths about humor in the workplace, the four humor styles, and how expressing humanity and truths about yourself brings you closer to moments of levity and laughter.


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DR. JENNIFER AAKER is the General Atlantic Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a leading expert on how purpose and meaning shape individual choices and how technology can positively impact both human well-being and company growth. Her work has been widely published in leading scientific journals and featured in The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Science. A recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award and the MBA Professor of the Year, Aaker counts winning a dance-off in the early 1980s among her greatest feats.

NAOMI BAGDONAS is a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an Executive Coach. She helps leaders be more creative, flexible and resilient in the face of change by facilitating interactive sessions for Fortune 100 companies and coaching executives and celebrities for appearances ranging from Saturday Night Live to the Today Show. Formally trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Bagdonas performs at comedy venues and teaches improv in San Francisco’s county jail. Her constant stream of foster dogs describe her as gullible and full of treats.

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