A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
Knowing jokes is not a substitute for having a sense of humor. There are occasions, however, when a good theater anecdote can be helpful.
1. The wedding of the daughter of a famous Hollywood character actor brought out many producers, directors, and agents. As the proud father escorted the bride down the aisle, this whisper was overheard: “Will you look who they got to play the father!”
2. The old circus worker came home drenched from a storm. For years his job had been to follow the elephants in the parades and clean up after them.
His wife pleaded with him. “Why do you do it? ...