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Breaking Barriers = Creativity Capriciousness

When it comes to delivering innovation & unthinkable breakthroughs it’s creativity & affiliative humor that leads the pack. Throughout the design and innovation process, one of the most overlooked capabilities for convergence after a multitude of design and engineering efforts are explored is that of humor, and specifically within the team that is attempting to do the seemingly impossible. This is incredibly well articulated in the study ” The Best Form Of Medicine? Using Humor To Enhance Design Creativity ” and more specifically in ” A Laughing Matter: Patterns of Laughter and the Effectiveness of Working Dyads ” where we see how the balance of necessary deign, engineering and finance efforts can create specific and measurable divergence and convergence capabilities in members as well as leaders of teams who embrace the focus to increase affiliative humor specifically.

In an even more specific and quite international set of efforts we see  “A Meta-Analysis Of Positive Humor In The Workplace ” detailing 49 independent studies connected to 48 others for a total of 8,532 data points showing that an even richer understanding of modes of specific humor: Aggressive, Self-Defeating, Self-Enhancing, and Affiliative – the most beneficial to innovation & design breakthroughs. More we see the way that specific design efforts led with internal team humor achieve an even more powerful form of success than other efforts where the synchronicity of humor and output are not so prevalent. Design on happy affiliative innovators.

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