Shane Gillis — fired from SNL for insensitive comments about Chinatown in his podcast — just released his first stand-up special on YouTube. As of 9/21/21, it has 1.2 million views, he sells out comedy clubs around the country, and his YouTube channel has 155,000 subscribers. If this is what it means to get ‘cancelled,’ then I want to get cancelled too. (Photo credit: Gilly And Keeves)

As a comic, one of the most frequent questions I get is, “How do you deal with ‘cancel culture?’”

My response often catches them off guard:

“Cancel culture is a myth created out of fear of a changing world.”

Sure, many comedians have been dragged through the mud for a ‘controversial’ tweet, joke, or bit they’ve done, but most are still wildly successful: Dave Chappelle, Shane Gillis, and Jimmy Carr are just three shining examples of the myth that has become known as ‘cancel culture.’

Anyone has the ability to share their perspective on social media, so it’s not like…

With quit rates hovering around a 10-year high, 55% of people in the workforce likely to look for a new job over the next year (, and unemployment rates down to their lowest point (5.4%) since the start of the pandemic, why is this happening?

First: ask why.

Why are people so much more likely to consider new positions? Though most hiring managers and C-suites want, more than anything, for it to be the quick fixes of paying more money or providing more competitive benefits, it’s not nearly that simple.


You’re smart — you know the world has changed and you know your organization has to change with it if you want to survive, but the decision-makers are hanging on for dear life.

“We’ve never done it that way!”

This is where ideas — and the companies rejecting them — go to die.

If you hear this whenever you present new ideas to your leadership, fear not. There may be a way to loosen up some of that resistance: reinforce what will stay the same.

Baked into “We’ve never done it that way” is an ample amount of fear, and you can curb that fear by…

The cognitive ripple effect that comes from using humor can be a culture superpower.

Defining humor can be difficult mostly because humor is a subjective process that everyone experiences differently. It’s not one-size-fits-all, but it IS a process that unlocks creative problem-solving skills.

This is why humor is especially useful when it comes to dealing with sudden disruptions, unexpected adversities, or if you need to overturn the cart regarding a festering problem.

Human beings think in patterns, so when something unexpected occurs, our brains immediately try to reconcile the disruption by forcing it back into the previous pattern. …

Source: SHRM

The Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) has been great in helping prepare HR for the incoming wave of resignations. However, in their recent survey, painting “better compensation and corporate benefits” as the main reason people are considering changing jobs with 36%, and culture being only 8% is misleading.


Better work/life balance: great cultures see “balance” as a verb.

Lack of recognition: great cultures go out of their way to recognize their people’s achievements, from the massive accomplishments to the little wins, no matter…

Source: Quickmeme

Building culture is a tricky endeavor. There are so many opinions on what a culture should look and feel like, but most of those perspectives involve a workPLACE where people spend 40–50 hours a week physically chatting around the water cooler, knocking on each others’ doors, and being forced to smell the salmon Judy is reheating in the microwave in the break room… as a team.

Judy’s fish is a culture-builder.

Being in-person absolutely removes a barrier from the culture-building equation, but in a conversation with a fellow HR consultant, she made a pretty poignant point: “I just spent 50…

Tell me you’re a micromanager motivated by money and not meaning without telling me you’re a micromanager motivated by money and not meaning. (Source: @PHayesReports on Twitter)

In dozens of consulting conversations and audience surveys, one of the biggest concerns of managers, recruiters, and business owners I keep hearing is the notion that “nobody wants to go back to work.” It’s a fair notion: you’ve got positions open, no one’s applying, and you see unemployment checks flying off the shelf.

I get it.

But the reality is that human beings are wired with an innate desire to work, we’re nature’s best cooperators after all. Unfortunately, the way the system is set up — industrialized, bureaucratic, and extrinsically-focused — actually demotivates us. …

This is the kind of energy we want our teams to have as they return to work — even Grumpy’s singing (Credit: Walt Disney)

Who would’ve guessed that almost exactly one year ago, we’d be leaving the office to a world where work would be forever changed? Now, one year later, remote working has become widely accepted, commute times are down, people can spend more time with their families, and companies are experimenting with new ways to make remote work feel more engaging and rewarding.

We’ve reached a crossroads: COVID cases are starting to fall, the vaccine is more widely available, and organizations are implementing plans to bring their teams back to working in-person.

Except not everybody is chomping at the bit to get…

Pictured: What goes on in our own heads when a fact disputes our position. (Source: PeopleScience)

This pandemic has been quite the experiment in human behavior, and never before have I noticed such a steadfast, stubborn sticking to guns (no Lauren Boebert) in my life. Humans love being right, but when facts get warped so we can feel right, it’s incredibly shortsighted and can have unintended long-term effects. Political ideologies aside, the complete dearth of saying, “My bad” or “We were wrong” has led to a doubling down on making excuses, projection, and fan fiction. …

Humor Is NOT About Mic Drops (Source: Spirit 105.3)

When I bring up the subject of humor, what is the first thing that pops into your head?

A comedy show?

Telling jokes?

The fact that the British need a second ‘u’ in the word?

Whatever it may be, I just wanted to clear something up: humor (or humour) is not the same thing as jokes, comedy or even funny, so what is it?

Humo(u)r is an internal process that solves the tension of two competing thoughts by connecting them in new and unexpected ways.

Jokes are one way to connect these competing thoughts. …

David Horning

Humor leadership speaker, comedian, optimist

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