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Exploit the power of happiness
News and views
"There is a mass of research that shows happy people to be healthier, less prone to illness, live longer and have... happier lives. So be happy and cheerful. Practice smiling more, make opportunities for laughter and see the bright side of life."
I want to focus on this for a whole newsletter. Happiness is very much in the news as a political priority. Even Alistair Campbell has got in on the agenda with a short eBook, "The Happy Depressive: In Pursuit of Personal and Political Happiness".
1. Happiness and Stress
2. Smiling and being Liked
3. Being liked and getting what you want
4. Happiness and Life Outcomes
5. Happiness and Length of Life
6. Finding the Funny
7. More than one way to be Happy
8. The Peak State of Happiness
This plays into our intuitive understanding of what John Stacy Adams described as Equity Theory. We feel a sense of unfairness if we do not feel not rewarded equally, for equal work. Fairness may not make you happy, but unfairness will certainly make you miserable. Be fair.
Learn More about Happiness
There is a wealth of well-written and researched books on the subject. Take a look at some of them here.
The Best of 2011's
Each week I write a blog on a management-related topic of my choice, for Management Pocketbooks, who publish, among many other fine pocketbooks:
Take a look back at:
or take a look at my first blog for 2012:
Two Seminars you may like
The Three Hour MBA
Brilliant Team Leadership
These are two of the 17 seminars* I am currently offering. Here is the full list:
* Brilliant Team Leadership is not yet on the website
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Brilliant Time Management
Of all of my seminars, The Three-hour MBA was the big success in 2011. I created it for the Bite Size open programme, and rolled it out in the autumn. It's back in 2012.
There is a calendar on my website, with all of my open seminar dates. There are currently 30 dates in my diary. Coming soon are:
Practical Project Management
Download a table of all of the scheduled dates here. Book on 01227 252 100.
“Packed in a
significant portion of powerful management advice into such a short time
frame. Many of the tools were familiar but linked in this way gave them
added value to me.”
I am delighted to have been invited to speak at next week's Top Achievers quarterly day-long seminar, by MD Peter Haddon. Peter asked me to focus on the day's theme of leadership and I was happy to take the opportunity to develop a new seminar for the Top Achievers group.
I will be making Brilliant Team Leadership available as an in-house seminar from April. Contact me for details if you're interested.
I am also busy delivering tried and tested seminars to established clients.
Updates on the Two new books for 2012
I am working on two new books for publication in 2012. Each is quite a new departure for me.
The first, due to be published by Marshall Cavendish on 7 June, will be something rather special. I certainly don't think there is any "equivalent" book on the market today. The website will go live on 7 March and 3 mini-eBooks will be available pre-launch.
The second will be published around September by Pearson. This is a step into a new area and a new style of writing for me, and I have started work and it's looking good.
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