The Funny Thing About Forgiveness

What Every Leader Needs to Know About Improv, Culture, and the World's Least Favorite F Word

Non-Fiction - Motivational
191 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2022
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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

Forgiveness, as depicted in The Funny Thing About Forgiveness, goes beyond just forgiving others but also forgiving oneself for past mistakes and moving past painful or traumatic experiences. The Funny Thing About Forgiveness shows readers the importance of forgiveness in the role of leadership and the benefits of practicing improv-inspired confrontation in leadership and other forms of relationships with several insightful topics and ideas: purposeful reflection and reckoning, choosing curiosity over judgment, the cathedrals of insecurity, mindfulness exercises for getting back into alignment, a new understanding of "Yes, And", and much more. Community leaders, teachers, political leaders, CEOs, parents, and every single human will benefit immensely from the insights in Andrea Flack-Wetherald's groundbreaking motivational book about leadership and forgiveness.

The Funny Thing About Forgiveness helped me see that if a leader was a sea captain and their followers were its crew, then resentment is the biblical Jonah that should be thrown out to arrive at the desired target on time and with a cheerful atmosphere. I've never tried improv comedy before, but I've learned a great deal about it through The Funny Thing About Forgiveness. I'm seriously considering starting an improv comedy group in my part of the world as I can now see that it is quite helpful for relating to others and having a healthy mindset. Prepare for an elaborate experience with chapter summaries, charts, exercises, and lessons learned by the author onstage as an improv actor and offstage in her everyday life—including seriously embarrassing ones. The jovial, straightforward, and open approach that Andrea Flack-Wetherald employs made me feel right at home and also got me laughing in shock. Enough said. Just read it!

Astrid Iustulin

There are values ​​that our society sometimes does not consider important, even if they are the ones that can improve our work environment and lives. Forgiveness is one of them, but some of us misunderstand its meaning and do not put it correctly into practice. In The Funny Thing About Forgiveness, Andrea Flack-Wetherald illustrates the importance of practicing forgiveness and what implications this has in our work. With frequent references to improv, Flack-Wetherald explains how forgiveness is an indispensable quality for being a good leader and why it is the key to our freedom. The ultimate goal is to attain a healthier culture and hopefully world peace.

I have read many books on effective leadership and the qualities that a good leader must have. While many refer to forgiveness, I have always found it difficult to understand what they meant exactly. Finally, I found the book that clarified my doubts once and for all. The Funny Thing About Forgiveness is essential for anyone who wants to be a great leader because it clearly explains what benefits we can get from practicing forgiveness in our lives. Flack-Wetherald offers accurate explanations, and her references to improv help readers further understand the theme. She also suggests some exercises, which I highly recommend you do. Additionally, Flack-Wetherald will show you the benefits of forgiveness from a broad point of view, especially when it comes to world peace. The Funny Thing About Forgiveness is a book to read and, above all, to practice as responsible leaders and persons.

Vernita Naylor

The word 'forgiveness' is thrown around a lot but what is it and what is its significance? It's an intentional act to let go of emotions against those that have harmed you in any way. When you forgive, you are releasing yourself from the chains that bind you that caused the hurt. Author Andrea Flack-Wetherald has utilized principles in her book, The Funny Thing About Forgiveness: What Every Leader Needs to Know About Improv, Culture, and the World's Least Favorite F Word. These teach the tested and tried principles and processes that she's used that can help others on their journey of trauma along the road to forgiveness. While there are several features this book has to offer, the author wishes the reader to take away these three elements: 1. You're an amazing improvisor. 2. For effective leadership, forgiveness must be present, and 3. Through hostility, a healthy culture can be accomplished. For any of the three elements to work effectively, one must be ready to do the work.

The Funny Thing About Forgiveness: What Every Leader Needs to Know About Improv, Culture, and the World's Least Favorite F Word by Andrea Flack-Wetherald reflects some raw language, transparency, innocence, and the truth about how leadership can either help strengthen or negatively impact and influence its corporate culture. It's the history of the culture and its operation from the top down that determines the outcome. The author shows how the proactive forgiveness process and the mindful improv curiosity exercises are essential for confronting your truth. Get ready to face yourself, face your pain, and face your fears to begin your healing. If you're looking for a pathway to begin the healing process, begin here.