Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with efficiency. Even my name is efficient. My full name is Andrew, but I go by Drew because it’s only one syllable. Efficient.
As an IT Project Manager at Procter & Gamble, I led multi-million dollar projects for a $350 million brand. As a super-nerd (computer, math, engineer, sci-fi and video game) I was all about getting results. On my first day, my manager told me: It’s better to beg forgiveness than ask for permission.
I decided to test this. I didn’t give away company secrets or steal pens from the supply closet (okay, one); rather I added jokes to the ends of my emails, volunteered to MC meetings I wasn’t invited to, and taught improv to my team. I even declared myself the Corporate Humorist, complete with business cards, a blog, and nameplate for my cubicle wall.
I made two discoveries…
The research shows that people who use humor well get promoted, make more money, are more productive, and enjoy their work more. That’s exactly what happened to me.
Making conscious choices and decisions about what I wanted helped me get there. I planned my career moves, made connections and took action to get there.
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