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How to lead with laughter

Why was the consultant late to his meeting with the ice cream company? He was stuck on a rocky road. OK, we may not be in the business of telling funny jokes, but we do know that humor is one of the most powerful tools organizations can use to build genuine connections, well-being, and intellectual safety among colleagues. On #WorldLaughterDay, check out these insights to learn how your leadership—and life—can benefit from a little bit of humor.

Author Talks: Don’t spoil the fun

Laugh more, lead better

Author Talks: Somebody tell a joke

Happiness and work: An interview with Lord Richard Layard

How wellbeing improves performance: An interview with Annastiina Hintsa

Psychological safety and the critical role of leadership development

The McKinsey Crossword

World Laughter Day