Leave a Mark, Not a Stain!


Leave a Mark, Not a Stain! What every manager needs to know about using humor in the workplace Paperback – 9 Dec 2005 by Ph.D. Patt Schwab (Author)

A sense of humor is one of the top 10 traits of successful CEOs, and it’s often listed as one of the top five leadership skills required for success. All other things being equal, the promotion will go to the person with the sense of humor. This easy to read book provides those in leadership roles over 60 proven ways to use humor to liven up meetings, to establish rapport and to lead a group successfully through times of stress and adversity. A section called “Laughing Your Way to the Top,” details what a leader can learn simply by listening to the laughter in his or her workplace.

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If you can’t find ways to Connect With Humor here, compatible with your personality,you probably LACK a personality. –David Miller

About the Author

Dr. Patt Schwab is owner of FUNdamentally Speaking, an international speaking and training company that believes in putting the “FUN” before “Da Mental!” She shows midlevel managers and front-line staff how to use humor to increase rapport, resilience, and the bottom line. Dr. Schwab combines years of management and training with work as a full time professional speaker in Europe, Canada and the USA.

Product details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Rollingwood Press (9 December 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 1598721380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598721386
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1 cm
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Outstanding; should be in every manager’s library 1 October 2006

By J. K. Kelley – Published on Amazon.com

Q: When is a large-print book 86 pages long worth $15?

A: When it incorporates rubber chickens.


A: When every page contains good ideas and thoughts that can help turn the modern workplace into a cheerful place.

In _Leave a Mark, Not a Stain_, Patt Schwab offers the benefit of many years of experience using humour to augment management. And I know firsthand that it works, because I used to work in a Schwab-directed workplace. We worked hard, we built outstanding teams, and we changed a lot of lives–including our own.

The book’s thesis is uncomplicated and logical: humour can be constructive or destructive. When used in a soul-destroying sarcastic fashion, it can wreck morale. When used to help people vent, and shed the tension of a busy workplace, it can give everyone a lift. This established, the rest of the book is ideas and examples of the positive side of workplace humour.

I’ve long believed that any manager who hates _Dilbert_ is toast, because in our day and age that cartoon speaks for millions of increasingly overworked Americans. I’m willing to bet that Patt Schwab reads and enjoys _Dilbert_. I do not think any reader can get through this book without seeing a dozen great ways to fill his or her workplace with the sort of levity that keeps people loose, inoculates them against infighting and makes them want to stay.

Forget Franklin’s Coven, or whatever they’re called. *These* are habits of highly effective people.

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