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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adrian Gostick, Scott Christopher Narrator: Scott Christopher Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781455189793
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The benefits of the levity effect are not conjecture but are built on extensive research and case studies from some of the world’s most successful organizations. New York Times bestselling authors Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher provide powerful examples from Boeing, Nike, KPMG, Yamaha, Enterprise, Zappos, and dozens of others, showing how lightening up can drive real business results. The book also outlines the extensive research into the subject—studies that cut against the grain of traditional business thinking—including compelling data from the Great Place to Work® Institute’s one-million-person database, which reveals that “Great” companies consistently earn significantly higher marks for “fun.”

The Levity Effect uses serious science to reveal the remarkable power of humor and fun in business.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Why every company needs a fun strategy.”

    Economist (London)

  • “What may be the most valuable business book of the year…The Levity Effect can change the way you look at corporate culture.”

    Joe Calloway, author of Work Like You’re Showing Off!

  • “Gostick and Christopher entertain us with humorous anecdotes and educate us with research, evidence, real-life examples, and practical applications.”

    Jim Kouzes, coauthor of The Leadership Challenge

  • “The message of The Levity Effect is much needed. The skills for using levity appropriately, and the benefits of doing so, are clearly explained in this enjoyable book.”

    Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor

  • “Wow! The funniest, most original business book in ages. With persuasive research and case studies from the least likely businesses.”

    Chester Elton, coauthor of The Invisible Employee

  • “Enjoyable…Scott Christopher’s youthful voice provides more than enough reason to listen…He’s a clear and appealing salesperson who is funny without working too hard at it and a true believer in what he and his writing partner preach.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 10/25/2013

    " This was more like a 2.8, but I couldn't find it in me to round up. Basically, people who enjoy their jobs perform better. Fit that into your culture. Ok, I agree. If filled my time while my flight was delayed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/9/2013

    " Good business book with suggestions on including levity in your leadership style. Good research and experiences shared on how levity improves employee satisfaction, employee retention, and customer satisfaction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Snyder | 3/10/2013

    " Offers backing for the idea that levity and lightening up in the workplace is good for everyone. Both research, and examples/suggestions are provided. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Derricott | 12/19/2012

    " Positivity Pays "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 7/21/2012

    " Another book by my boss and coworker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Low | 12/25/2011

    " Pretty much what I try to do at work everyday, but nice to see it in words :) boo yah! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 12/7/2011

    " A should-read book on change management for knowledge workers, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 7/9/2011

    " Not that this matters, but the author is flamingly LDS. The wit was great and he offered lots of ideas to make work fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 4/2/2011

    " It's kind of written like a list, but there are lots of good ideas in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Les | 11/5/2010

    " Loosin' up bitches! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 8/3/2010

    " Reads like a Gladwell book. One basic idea pounded over and over again with examples and statistics. Humor in the writing seemed forced, like they had to make it funny because they were writing about levity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 6/19/2010

    " It's kind of written like a list, but there are lots of good ideas in this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 9/23/2009

    " Not that this matters, but the author is flamingly LDS. The wit was great and he offered lots of ideas to make work fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 7/20/2009

    " Reads like a Gladwell book. One basic idea pounded over and over again with examples and statistics. Humor in the writing seemed forced, like they had to make it funny because they were writing about levity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 2/28/2009

    " This was more like a 2.8, but I couldn't find it in me to round up. Basically, people who enjoy their jobs perform better. Fit that into your culture. Ok, I agree. If filled my time while my flight was delayed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/26/2008

    " For a business book, this was great. It's all about the need for fun and humor in the workplace. It made me feel good, since we're already fostering that at the library where I work.

    Both practical and light-hearted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 11/19/2008

    " Another book by my boss and coworker. "

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About the Author

Adrian Gostick is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution, globally-read guides on workplace strategy and employee engagement. His research has been featured in numerous national publications and endorsed by Larry King of CNN. In addition to writing and teaching, he is a founder of the training and consulting firm The Culture Works.

About the Narrator

Scott Christopher is an author, lecturer, and self-described corporate outsider who worked many years in the world of film and television. He has a Harvard MBA and a PhD from Princeton and is a regular humor columnist for Human Capital magazine and contributing author of the bestselling book A Carrot a Day.