"I enjoyed your two-hour presentation. It was as exciting as watching paint dry."
When used in the right way, sarcasm can benefit both the user and those on the receiving end. This in turn, inspires creativity in a work environment. Insights from a research by Assistant Professor Li Huang (INSEAD), Professor Francesca Gino (Harvard Business School) and Professor Adam Galinsky (Columbia Business School), and tips from an article by Professor Manfred Kets de Vries (INSEAD) shed some light on how to boost workplace creativity through “constructive” sarcasm.
Full articles by Li Huang and Manfred Kets de Vries published on INSEAD Knowledge.
Being Sarcastic Boosts Workplace Creativity
Li Huang, INSEAD Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, with Benjamin Kessler, Web Editor | September 14, 2015
The Dark Side of a Funny Situation
Manfred Kets de Vries, INSEAD Distinguished Professor of Leadership Development & Organisational Change | June 2, 2015
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The highest form of intelligence: Sarcasm increases creativity for both expressers and recipients
Li Huang, Francesca Gino, Adam D. Galinsky | Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes | Volume 131, November 2015, Pages 162–177 | Accessed online through ScienceDirect
Other References and Attributions:
Go ahead, be sarcastic
Christina Pazzanese, Harvard Staff Writer | Harvard Gazette | 24 July 2015
Satirical News Article:
Report: 70 Percent Of All Praise Sarcastic [Video]
The Onion | 30 April 2007
Bill Murray “You’re Awesome” meme:
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Getty Images | 2 March 2015