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When it comes to workplace leadership, there are many critical issues. One vital “hands-on” question: how to maximize leadership effectiveness in a 24/7, TNT – Time-Numbers-Technology – driven and distracted world. In his research on Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman found that more effective managers employ humor three times more often than their less effective counterparts. When it comes to performance motivation, the Human Resources/Leadership fields increasingly underscore capturing people’s attention and generating “Emotionally Intelligent (EQ) Engagement.” Are you prepared to use emotional regulation and relationship-building skills as a leadership-effectiveness base? Are you ready to reach out for the heights of higher humor? If so, acclaimed speaker and “Motivational Psychohumorist” ™, Mark Gorkin, the Stress Doc ™, has the next-generation engagement concepts and tools: a) Humor Intelligence ™ (HQ) and b) the synergy of Emotional Intelligence x Humor Intelligence = Higher Power Humor (HPH).

The purposeful and playful application of HPH is self-affirming; it helps a leader project a strong and courageously vulnerable or authentic presence.  In addition, this “lighten up yet get real” tool will enable you to motivate and inspire individuals, teams, and systems to a) laugh at their own flaws and foibles, egos and excesses, b) turn pain and loss, change, and conflict into purposeful and passionate, even playful, problem-solving, c) discover and design resilient and morale-building "crystals of delight” in difficult tasks and challenging times, and d) diversely collaborate and synergize by blending individual creativity and interactive community.

  • Linking Chaos, Conflict, and Creativity and the Functions of Humor
  • Connecting Emotional Intelligence, Humor Intelligence, and Leadership Effectiveness
  • Distinguish between Humor and Wit, Hostile and Healing Humor
  • Structures, Tools, and Techniques for Becoming a Higher Power Humorist
  • Discover the Stress Doc’s Compelling Tools: The New KISS and Memorable MISS
  • Enhancing Empathy, Deflating Aggression, and Building Morale through Humor
  • Passion Power Model:  Being Purposeful-Provocative-Passionate-PLAYFUL-Philosophical
  • Confront Your Intimate FOE:  From Fear of Exposure to Fun of Embarrassment
  • Humor and the Work Team – Harnessing and Harmonizing Coordination, Morale & Productivity

This topic is for all levels of employees and management. Increasingly, we understand that the keys to organizational productivity, motivation, and morale involve more than Digital Intelligence. We’ve come to recognize the importance of awareness and communication fueled by Emotional Intelligence. And now, the Stress Doc is taking this creative consciousness/communication skillset to a new level through Humor Intelligence (HQ) that builds on Emotional Intelligence (EQ). EQ x HQ Synergy, especially a leader using Self-Effacing Humor, will enable you to grab people’s attention, sustain their engagement, and boost, if not inspire their belief, commitment, and motivation.

All personnel levels – from front-line employees to all levels of management will gain skills, tools, and strategies. 

  • All C level Executives
  • Leaders
  • Vice Presidents
  • Hiring Managers
  • Key Line Executives
  • Key Line Managers
  • Supervisors
  • HR Personnel
  • HR Supervisors
  • Senior Managers
  • Mid-Level Managers
  • Foremen
  • Department Heads
  • Trainers
  • Owners
  • Principles
  • Consultants
  • Presidents
  • Board Members
  • Company / Business Owners

Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW, "The Stress Doc" ™, a nationally acclaimed speaker, writer, and "Psychohumorist" ™, is a founding partner and Stress Resilience and Trauma Debriefing Consultant for the Nepali Diaspora Behavioral Health & Wellness Initiative. Current 247Compliance/Ijona Skills Training Expert; also,Leadership Coach/Training Consultant for the international Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University at the Daytona, FL headquarters. A former Stress and Violence Prevention Consultant for the US Postal Service, he has led numerous Pre-Deployment Stress Resilience-Humor-Team Building Retreats for the US Army. Mark also has extensive experience as a Critical Incident Consultant. The Doc is the author of Practice Safe Stress, The Four Faces of Anger, and Preserving Human Touch in a High-Tech World. Mark’s award-winning, USA Today Online "HotSite" – – was called a "workplace resource" by National Public Radio (NPR).

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