You're in the middle of a senior executive presentation; there’s tension in the air. Amidst discussion about production targets and external threats, there comes a loud tapping at the windows behind you. The tapping stops, discussion continues but then at a particularly sensitive moment, the tapping resumes with a vengeance! The suspense is killing you, so with apologies to your audience you excuse yourself and retract the curtains. The sight is more than your audience can bear; the laughter in the second floor boardroom grows to a crescendo as tears roll down the faces of the attendees.
There, standing nearly four feet tall is an exceptionally narcissistic male turkey. The windows are glazed so he can’t see you but you know for sure he sees himself. When the laughter dies down (and thankfully the tapping as well), the mood in the room is decidedly more cordial. It’s almost as if someone opened a pressure-relief valve. In fact, in a way that’s just what happened.
This is a true story; I could not have scripted it if I wanted to. But it does underscore the profound impact that laughter can provide wherever we are; yes, even in the workplace!