Humor In Executive Communications
How can finance chiefs use humor effectively?
Jack is a Senior Contributor to Forbes CFO Network. An excerpt is below.
Chief financial officers are known for many things; Financial Expertise. Analytical Skills. Ethical Leadership. Problem-Solving Ability. But though the image of finance chiefs has changed considerably during the last decade, and mostly for the better, they are not exactly known for their sense of humor.
Honestly, this is a shame, because many CFOs are actually extremely funny, though they don’t always share that side of themselves in a professional environment. But they should. A good sense of humor is one of the most effective tools executives have at their disposal, as long as it’s used appropriately. And, let’s face it, humor has likely never been more needed than it is in our current workplace environment.
But how can finance chiefs, who are known for their sobriety, use humor effectively? To get some ideas, I spoke to one of the funniest people I know, Jimmy Tingle. I first met Tingle when he was a stand-up comedian, though he is much more than just a funny guy. I call Jimmy “America’s most cerebral comedian” (with apologies to Conan O’Brien). He was the American correspondent for David Frost’s PBS show, “The Strategic Humor Initiative,” was a commentator on “60 Minutes II” (he was the Andy Rooney of that show) and has been a contributor to MSNBC. He also earned a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and was chosen to give an address at the Harvard commencement ceremony that same year. Finally, he is a successful entrepreneur in his own right, and recently shifted his business model to offer virtual performances.
About Jack McCullough
Jack McCullough is a recognized thought leader in the field of financial leadership, with a career that has included CFO positions at 26 companies. He founded the CFO Leadership Council, a global organization dedicated to empowering senior financial executives through innovative professional development programs and peer networking. His other accomplishments include chairing the MIT Sloan CFO Summit, and creating the vision behind CFO Week, a one-of-a-kind learning and networking experience jointly executed by the CFO Leadership Council and MIT Sloan. He is a contributor to Forbes.com, where he writes for the CFO Network on challenges and opportunities facing financial leaders. He is an entertaining and insightful public speaker, and has spoken to thousands of CFOs, and is frequently contacted by members of the media who appreciate his candor, insight and wit.
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