- Formula for Mastering Personal & Organizational Change
- Dealing with change and adversity
- Writing the Next Chapter of Your Life
- Laughing Your Way to the Top!
- Humor’s Role in Tragedy: How Humor Helps us Heal
- Exploring the Behavior Styles in the workplace
- Creative Problem Solving as a Way of Life
- Situational Leadership for High Turn-over Staffs
- How To Manage With Humor: Can you manage without it?
Patt Schwab, Ph.D.: A firm believer in taking humor seriously, Patt combines years of hands-on management. Her programs are packed with humor, insight, and practical tips for managing people, coping with change, and enriching work and home life.
Patt encourages her audiences to use humor to rise above workplace challenges, insisting that the fresh perspective humor provides helps reaffirm competence and identify what really matters.
She raises the philosophical question:
What if the Hokey Pokey IS What It’s All About?
Dr. Schwab’s major interest has always been staff training and development.
Her doctoral thesis, on team building, was titled:
“People Support What They Help Create.”
That theme runs through presentations on managing organizational and individual change, coping with stress and the use of humor as a management tool.
She is dedicated to putting the “fun” before “da mental!” Patt has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles and has made frequent television and radio guest appearances.
Patt’s clients have included groups as diverse as city officials in Holland, the Washington Medical Association, the US military in Germany, the California Fertilizer Association and the Mennonites in Kansas.
Her programs inspire attendees to look inside themselves for a humorous perspective on workplace problems and challenges.
She is currently developing a meditative martial art form for people suffering from Irony Deficiency. It is called Tai Chi Ken.
Patt shows individuals & organizations how humor can make them more competent at coping with change, reducing stress, achieving their goals and managing other people. Here are some of her more quotable remarks about what she has learned:
The 3 secrets to a happy life are: good health, a short memory and someone to laugh with!
If you don’t pause, nothing worthwhile will catch up with you.
Celebrating a day of humor doesn’t change an organization any more than it does a person.
Adopting an attitude of humor that encourages risk taking, creativity, diversity and adventure…that is how to change an organization and those who are a part of it.
Laughing at something together implies shared values and experiences. It builds deep ties quickly. In fact, shared laughter is one of the two fastest ways to build a team. The other is through a shared crises.
If you are worried about the bottom line, laughter is a lot cheaper!
If you want good customer service, treat your employees as you would your best customers.
If you really want to change an organization you must change the reward system.
Much of our stress is caused by Artificial Urgency: the belief that because we can do something faster, we must do it faster.
Technology is here to serve us, not the other way around. Choose to be the Master of your Universe, not a Poster Child for the Breathless Society.
Books by Patt Schwab, Ph.D.
- The Obscure Holiday Handbook
- Leave a Mar, Not a Stain!
- Creating a Legacy of Laughter
- Humor Us: America’s funniest humorists
- What’s So Funny About Long-Term Care?