Monthly Archives: August 2013

Monday Morning Blues?

How’s your job satisfaction? What do Monday mornings feel like to you?  The alarm goes off while you’re still fast asleep, you half-open one eye and flail around until you find the snooze button.  And the damn thing’s doing it again before you’re even half-way ready to crawl out of bed, shuffle to the shower,…

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Even if you’re on the right track …

… You’ll get run over if you just sit there! (Will Rogers) The title of this blog comes from a line by US humorist and commentator Will Rogers – and he’s right! Happiness at work requires action How many times have you seen people get to the point where they know exactly what they need…

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Working for pay?

Job satisfaction from money? I often ask clients whether money, on its own, really brings job satisfaction.  They usually answer something along the lines of “Well, it would sure help!”  So I think of some work I know they would hate to do, and tell them “OK, here’s this horrible job – and I’ll pay…

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Your path of least resistance

Job satisfaction from doing what you do best A few months ago I trained in a great profiling system that really helps teams understand each other, leading to much greater levels of trust and flow.  Based (loosely) on the i-Ching, and I believe also on Jungian types, Talent Dynamics allows your team members to see…

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Trust

An essential part of happiness at work This month’s article from Jan Polak, co-founder of Talent Dynamics, focuses on the importance of trust in business, not only from the perspective of happiness at work, but also hard-nosed bottom-line profits.  But, Jan says, because it’s hard to measure, it often gets pushed onto the back burner…

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Getting Into Flow

Flow brings more happiness at work Management professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, in his seminal book “Flow” talks about the importance of having a balance between challenge and skills in your work.  The original work concluded that too much challenge without adequate skills will create levels of stress, while too little will bring boredom. Later work concluded…

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Is this all there is?

The push of un-happiness at work Many of the people I work with are saying things like “Is this all there is from now on?” or “I really don’t want to imagine myself doing this same thing for the next 10-15 years!”  These clients are starting from a position of wanting to get away from…

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Your Unique Genius

Happiness at work from being you A wise man once said something like: there are some 7 billion people on the planet, and you are the only one who has your unique set of beliefs, experiences, attitudes and talents.  You are unique.  So why on earth are you trying to be like everyone else!!? The…

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Three keys to job satisfaction

Job satisfaction is a combination of 3 things I wrote in this post on job satisfaction as a source of profit that when people are doing something they love, they work better, are more committed, and customers find them nicer to deal with.  And as well as Passion, there are two more things needed for…

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Profit from Joy!

Why job satisfaction is good business I was at a networking breakfast this morning – as we went round the table, you could really tell, just from the “elevator pitches” who had found real joy in their work, and who was taking it all a bit seriously (I’ll leave it to the others to judge…

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