There are two principles of self-development that come into
play in Laughing to Leadership. First is the reality that
people learn best when they actually experience something.
This is not a new belief. Over 2,300 years ago In The
Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle wrote, “For the things we have
to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
His sentiments have been echoed over the centuries. In the
1990s, Dale Carnegie said, “Learning is an active process.
We learn by doing. Only knowledge that is used sticks in your
In this new millennium Aristotle’s thought is still being
reworded by some of the best known leaders of today.
“You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing,
and by falling over,” says Richard Branson, founder of Virgin
According to NTL Institute people retain 75% of the
knowledge they receive when they practice by doing.
Compare this to reading or hearing a lecture which will
generate only a 10% or 5% retention respectively.
The second principle is that a picture is worth a thousand
words. Although not as old as Aristotle’s wisdom, this
concept was first offered in a 1911 newspaper article by
newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane. Teaching about
journalism and publicity he wrote, “Use a picture. It’s worth a
Think about seeing picture of The Grand Canyon. No matter
how many words you used could you really ever adequately
describe it to the point of impact from actually seeing it?
So this brings us to the use of cartoons to instill leadership
techniques. The belief is based in the way cartoons are able
to help us experience something through the way they use
abstract images or concepts to relay their point. They provide
a picture of a situation one can almost imagine being
personally involved in.
But do not just look at the cartoon or the comment added
Put it into action.
The research earlier noted from NTL Institute did give an
even greater way to retain new information: putting it into
immediate practice or teach it to others. Both of these
methods will allow 90% retention.
Read these one at a time then put what you have seen into
action. Your leadership skills will be enhanced.
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