The Path to Happiness May Be Backward
Blue Ocean Leadership: 4 Steps to Boosting Employee Engagement
5 Languages of Appreciation: Part 2
5 Languages of Appreciation: Part 1
5 Love Languages
How Do You Build Relationships?
How Do You Influence?
Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Develop Positive Rituals to Increase Emotional Intelligence
Hugheisms: Work Ethic Trumps Talent
What's in the Mirror?
Be Aware: Start from the Inside
Make the Connection for a Happier Life
Think You've Got Your Marketing Ducks in a Row?
How to Avoid Blue Monday
What would increased happiness do for your business?
What Do You Expect from Your Job?
How Can You Fuel Success and Performance?
Leaders Listen up: Pew Research on Leaders and Communication
What's Holding You Back from Reaching Your Potential
This Is for All the Lonely Leaders: Why Partner with an Executive Coach
Why Coaching? Why Now?
What's Your Sign: Let's Talk Personal Brand
Speaking of Happiness: How to Have Your Cake—and Eat It, Too
Project Teams: Your Nemesis or a Sure Way to Succeed? The Devil Is in the Details.
How to Live the Brand—and Play to Your Strengths
The Cinderella Fit: 5 Steps to a Better Brand
Six Key Features of the Happiest Workplace on Earth
How Important Is Leadership—Really?
Take a 75% Pay Cut? Are You Kidding?
Civility Costs Nothing—and Buys Everything
What's the Problem? No. Strike That. What's Working Here?
10 Things Happy People Do Differently
This Year, Retrain Your Brain. Give Yourself the Happiness Advantage.
What's Your Theme for 2013?
Creating Your Brand from the Inside Out
A New Report on Workplace Happiness
Is Your Work a Test of Endurance or a Labor of Love?
10 Ways to Make Your Life Quite Interesting
Happiness at Work: Not as Scary as You Imagine
What Can a Leadership Coach Do for You?
Learning About Happiness and Company Culture from the Big Dogs
A Night in Paris - Going Beyond My Comfort Zone, Dinner with Jim Haynes
What Role Does Happiness Play in the Global Economy? Why the Happy Planet Index Matters
What Brings You the Greatest Joy?
The One Minute Manager—Do You Remember It? Do You Use It?
What Does It Take for an Entrepreneur to Turn a Good Idea into Reality (Blog Post)
Do One Emotionally Difficult Thing Every Day
You Are Not the Mistakes You Have Made
Spring a Time to Reawaken
Teaching with the Power of Digital Media
April Is the Cruelest Month
Build Your Leadership Cache
What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding?
Why Happiness at Work Trumps Employee Engagement and Job Satisfaction
Something Seemingly Outrageous
Is Anyone Sick of Happiness at Work?
The Value of Happiness: How Employee Well-Being Drives Profits
Change Your Business Transform Your Life in 2012
Holiday Festivities Showcase Inspiring Leadership
What Went Well?
What You Think About Is What You Think About
Trying to Do More with Less
Is Happiness a Luxury Small Businesses Can't Afford?
Most Employee Problems Are Directly Related to …
What Would You Do if You Could Not Fail: Three simple questions … 1. If you knew you could not fail and those around you would wholeheartedly support you, what would you do? 2. Are you doing it? 3. If not, then why?
Playing to the Edge in Las Vegas: What an incredible week as I attended the International Coaching Federation’s international conference! The theme was Playing to the Edge. With more than 1,000 coaches from around the world, we gathered together to continue our studies in the art and science of coaching and share perspectives on how we can help businesses and employees achieve their potential in our global economy.
The Wall Street Journal Is Measuring Happiness at Work: Check this out—The Wall Street Journal is measuring happiness at work using the same assessment tool I have been using with my clients. This link takes you to the article and gives people the opportunity to use the free (short report) assessment. They will be reporting the results next month.

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Stone Path over WaterThe Path to Happiness May Be … Backward?

You know those days when everything seems to go wrong? When you tell yourself you are not going to trip on that extension cord, you are not going to mention that painful topic to your friend, you are not going to burn your hand on that pan you just pulled out of the oven—and then you do all three? There’s a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. Read more …

Surfer on a Blue Ocean WaveBlue Ocean Leadership: 4 Steps to Boosting Employee Engagement

There are half a trillion reasons why every American should care about employee disengagement. They’re called dollar bills, and that’s how many the US economy loses annually because of the 20% of discontented employees who undermine workplace productivity, according to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report. Read more …

Happy Employees Shaking HandsThe 5 Languages of Appreciation: Motivating Employees by Developing a Culture of Appreciation (Part 2)

The most common form of appreciation expressed in the workplace is words of affirmation, and it is especially important to practice with individuals whose primary language of appreciation is verbal praise, according to Dr. Paul E. White and Dr. Gary Chapman’s The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. Read more …

Circle of Happy CoworkersThe 5 Languages of Appreciation: Motivating Employees by Developing a Culture of Appreciation (Part 1)

7 Habits of Highly Effective People author Steven Covey argues that psychological survival—feeling appreciated, understood, and affirmed—comes second only to physical survival in human needs. Even so, employers who are myopically focused on the bottom line may not recognize the value of cultivating appreciation in the workplace. Read more …

Couple Kissing in the ParkLet Me Count the Ways: 5 Love Languages for Better Communication

Over two decades after its original publication, Dr. Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts not only tops the marriage and relationships category, but it is also the #1 bestseller in both Relationships and Religious Studies—and it currently ranks #45 of all Amazon book sales (see Top 100 Books). Read more …

Take This Waltz StillHow Do You Build Relationships?

How healthy are your relationships? At work, at home, with friends, with relatives, with neighbors? The ability to develop strong relationships is the final reward in becoming emotionally intelligent. It flows naturally out of the first steps: be self-aware; regulate and motivate yourself; and exhibit empathy. Read more …

Two Men TalkingHow Do You Influence?

In the Working with Emotional Intelligence master’s course, we have discussed many different aspects of self-awareness, managing our own emotions, developing empathy for others and using listening skills that deepen empathy and understanding of others. These emotional intelligence competencies strengthen our interactions with selves and others. Read more …

Person Walking on BeachWalk a Mile in My Shoes

“Seek first to understand and then seek to be understood,” Stephen R. Covey’s fifth habit from his book 7 Habits of Highly Successful People is easier said than done. To truly grow and succeed in this habit, we must recognize how we empathize and how we can sincerely enhance that ability. Read more …

Meditation in the WorkplaceDevelop Positive Rituals to Increase Emotional Intelligence

As we begin to understand our responses to situations, we can more effectively regulate and manage our emotions. My Master in Management class, “Working with Emotional Intelligence,” encourages students to build more awareness and confidence in their ability to understand and strengthen their emotional intelligence. Read more …

Businessman Drawing a Colored Graph on GlassHugheisms: Work Ethic Trumps Talent

I consider myself fairly smart … in some ways. Thus it was disconcerting last week when I heard people of average intelligence outperform people with high IQs 70 percent of the time. But that statistic does not surprise me. (Guest post by Dick Hughes) Read more …

What's in the Mirror?What’s in the Mirror?

This week, students in my Working with Emotional Intelligence class were asked to stretch their self-awareness by noticing annoying behaviors in others—and then looking for the same behavior in themselves. Are you curious to see what it brings up for you? Read more …

Winter Meditation in Snow with TreeBe Aware: Start from the Inside

Are you aware of how you feel and how you respond to those feelings? We can go through our day on automatic pilot, which works fine for tasks that do not require thought such as brushing our teeth or taking a shower. There are times, however, when being mindless about situations causes us to react instead of respond in a proactive manner. Read more …

Wizard of Oz: Scarecrow Dorothy and Tin ManMake the Connection for a Happier Life

One of the key predictors of happiness is connectivity—feeling a sense of community. Some of us find our community with work colleagues. Others find it among a circle of friends outside work. In this new economy, many of us find ourselves relocating. Read more …

Marketing DucksThink You’ve Got Your Marketing Ducks in a Row?

If you were near my place at Christmas, you would have heard a big whoop of joy as I learned Cracker Barrel was pulling Duck Dynasty items from its shelves—not because of the backlash from Phil Robertson’s anti-gay and racially charged comments. Read more …

Dancing in the Rain with UmbrellaHow to Avoid “Blue Monday”

Feeling a little down? Unmotivated? Think you need to do something about it? You’re not alone. Every January, we’re subjected to a pseudoscientific study in the national news known as “Blue Monday.” Read more …

Ashland Food Co-op Farmers Gathering ProduceWhat Would Increased Happiness Do for Your Business?

This summer, I worked with the Ashland Food Co-op on its groundbreaking Happiness@Work project. The project was born out of tension between departments and between managers and their employees as well as a volatile debate around whether or not to unionize. Read more …

Our Values and Culture, WegmansWhat Do You Expect from Your Job?

Really? Is this a valid question? The business world is changing along with our expectations. More than ever, we are looking to work for an organization with vision and values that align with our own. We are seeking a sense of purpose in what we do and how we do it. Read more …

Before Happiness: Research on Happy WorkplacesHow Can You Fuel Success and Performance?

Every time I think the notion of “happiness” in the business world is just not taking hold, I am encouraged by new research that again points to the benefits of a happy workplace. Who can argue with increased performance, more creativity, better teamwork, higher levels of innovation, better customer service, less turnover and minimal sick leave? Read more …

Leaders Listen UpLeaders, Listen Up!

Human connection is critical for a person’s health and development, starting at infancy and continuing into the workplace. Relationships with colleagues and with the boss matter for creating a workplace where employees come to work ready to contribute and be their best. Read more …

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