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This information is intended to convey the underlying concepts for Reclamation's decision processes. It is not mandatory.
See the Reclamation Manual for official Reclamation-wide requirements.

Reclamation's Decision Process Guide

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It also helps if you can laugh at yourself as well as your situation. Wearing a clown nose or a rainbow wig can do wonders for your image. (It has been done.)

Humor can diffuse difficult situations and lighten a serious atmosphere. Participants may become so wrapped up in their position that they forget to listen to others or find it impossible to negotiate or make necessary tradeoffs*definition.

Laughing at some aspect of the process provides a fresh perspective. Humor also lets everyone relax enough to uncover creative solutions and form bases for agreement.

You can find something comical in almost any situation. You may want to clip an apt comic strip; brainstorm a team name or mascot; or redesign popular commercials, lyrics, or TV shows to fit your process.

Use humor to add a little life to the process, not to offend or tear down. If there is a chance someone will take it the wrong way, find another way of being humorous.


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