A friend is on a mission. It is a mission embraced by nearly every woman (and a few men), usually in April or May. The mission is to have a beach body by July, and she is calling this mission, #OperationNoMuffinTop.  When I read the mission name on her Facebook post I laughed.  Loved the name.  Then I read, Who’s in?  Because of her humor, I jumped in.

My friend is a natural leader. I have watched people lean into her speeches, and partner with her on real estate dealstumblr_lfjmf8tSg11qboqbv, and smile as she walks in the room. Why?

Is it because of her famous gap tooth smile, like Lauren Hutton’s?
No. Though that theory would make her laugh.

Rather it is because she uses humor to put people at ease, and her humor inspires people to enjoy life to not take things so seriously.

Come to find out humor gives her an edge.

Bell Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill, N.C. found that when employees are asked to describe the strengths and weaknesses of senior colleagues in their organizations, “sense of humor” and “work ethic” are mentioned twice as much as any other phrases.

And, Seattle University found the self-deprecating boss–as a more likable, trustworthy, and caring leader…. Self-deprecating humor enhances perceptions of leadership ability because it tends to minimize status distinctions between leaders and followers.

If none of that makes sense, then remember the great quote by Jim Carrey, Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.  With that roll, on I go. #OperationNoMuffinTop is alive and well.  500 ab-crunches were ordered for lunch, followed by a 1,000 calorie smoothie. Oh Joy!

Always Tri.  Never Stop.
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