My Leadership Fails: A Happy vs Healthy Workforce

Performance Curve Favicon“Vision without action is just a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world” Joel Barker

“What gets measured gets managed” Peter Drucker

By far the most exhausting and expensive mistake I have made in my career has been trying to make people happy at work in order to improve business performance. I have confused the concepts of a happy vs healthy workforce and in doing so lost many opportunities for business growth and innovation. [Read more…]

Purpose: A Tale of Two Bridge Crossings

“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”Medieval Bridge

“Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.”

Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Did you know that to live a happy and fulfilled life there are two bridges you must cross?

One bridge sits over the mighty rivers and deltas that mark the major milestones of your life. The other bridge sits over the many small streams, creeks and marshes that you must cross everyday. [Read more…]

Success Secrets 5: Not Confusing Vision & Action

IMG_5645“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps” Confucius

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom” Confucius

Have you ever been disappointed in life? Had an amazing dream that was ruined by unexpected misfortune? Given up on your goals and settled for mediocrity? I did. [Read more…]

Fast Track Your Upbeat Mood & Positive Attitude!

bigstock-sunset-and-happy-young-man-12750674-2“Action Changes Attitude Faster Than Attitude Changes Action’ Adam Ferrier

“The saying: ‘Fake it Until You Make It’ is good, but ‘Fake it Until You Become It’ is better!” Amy Cuddy

I had got it wrong! Well, at least partially wrong. After 20 years of psychology research and practice I had come to believe that the best way to change your behavior was to first change your thinking! [Read more…]

Mid-Life Adventures: Fast Track Your Happiness!

DSC00314‘Everyone Dies But Not Everyone Truly Lives’ William Wallace – Braveheart

If You Think ‘Adventure’ is Dangerous try ‘Routine’, it’s Lethal’ – Paul Coelho

Confession: I used to feel frustrated with life – somewhat despondent, bored, stuck, restless. I used to engage in a self-debate about how ‘happy’ I was and how ‘great’ my life was surrounded by material possessions, my steady job and my social network… Despite this I would find my mind wandering and thinking about the “Walter Mitty” escapist fantasies of adventure and excitement only to silently curse and reprimand myself for such thoughts and the apparent selfishness of such adventures…

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Can You Really Control How Happy You Feel?


Question: Can You Really Control How Happy You Feel?

“If you want the joy of rainbows – you gotta put up with the rain” Unknown

I have spent my entire life believing you can change how happy you feel at any given moment… I have posted numerous blogs on the subject, tweeted and re-tweeted over a thousand comments, and have written 5 books on living a happy life and improving your wellbeing.

More recently though, I read a series of articles in response to a social media campaign called ‘100 Days of Happiness’ whereby a number of leading Psychologists and Psychiatrists were openly critical of the notion that you could be continuously happy for 100 days. Here’s an excerpt from one article summarizing what many experts from around the world had to say about being continuously happy: [Read more…]

Success in Life: Mentors & Accountability

bigstock-sunset-and-happy-young-man-12750674-2‘Anything worth achieving in life is difficult and anything worth having in life will be costly’ Unknown

A friend and mentor of mine regularly reminds me of the old adage: ‘anything worth achieving in life is difficult and anything worth having in life will be costly’. I have learned the hard way that this is true. [Read more…]