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How Happiness Directly Impacts Your Success

How Happiness Directly Impacts Your Success | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Feeling unhappy? Learn how increasing your happiness is within your power, and how doing so directly influences your success.

 

Recently a client shared with me the riveting TED Talk by the world’s leading positive psychology expert and bestselling author Shawn Achor on The Happy Secret to Better Work.  

His TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 4 million views, and he has a new lecture airing on PBS called “The Happiness Advantage.”

When my client told me about the talk, I questioned whether there would be anything new that I hadn’t already heard about happiness in my training as a therapist, but wow, was I wrong.

I asked Shawn what I wanted to know about happiness and success. Here are his answers...


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I love this research and used it recently as the basis of a workshop for which the a feedback was amazing! 

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:07 AM

From this article:

"Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work."


"In the end, happiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change.  It is the belief that we can."


There are five key steps that we can take each day to increase our experience of happiness: 


1)      Bring gratitude to mind – Write down three NEW things that you are grateful for each day

2)      Journal – About a positive experience you’ve had recently for 2 minutes once a day

3)      Exercise –  Engage in 15 minutes of mindful cardio activity

4)      Meditate – Watch your breath go in and out for 2 minutes a day and

5)      Engage in a random, conscious act of kindness –  Write a 2-minute positive email thanking a friend or colleague, or compliment someone you admire on social media.

 

Do these steps for 21 days, and you will begin to see a lasting shift in your mindset towards more positivity.


AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:24 AM

Great list of areas to focus on in this article, realistic and relevant. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 11, 2013 8:05 PM

Happiness is important to being productive and successful.

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Lead at your best | McKinsey & Company

Lead at your best | McKinsey & Company | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Five simple exercises can help you recognize, and start to shift, the mind-sets that limit your potential as a leader. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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When it comes to leadership it's your mindset that matters most. In this article there are five simple exercises adapted from the book, Centered Leadership that can help you become more aware of your mind-sets.

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5 Easy Ways to Work Smarter, Not Longer

5 Easy Ways to Work Smarter, Not Longer | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Working insanely long hours is doing you more harm than good. It's time to distance yourself from the cult of overwork--here's how.

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Great advice for leaders from this article "Put people on a treadmill and you'll help them build up enough momentum to walk right out the door."

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Luke Iorio's curator insight, March 17, 2:58 PM

The last one is critical.  I started a reverse calendar approach a few year's ago based on a friend's suggestion.  I consider my calendar 100% booked for my time, projects, etc. and appointments (for example) only go onto it if they drive one of those priorities forward or are of equal/greater importance.  It lead to a HUGE boost in productivity, and mysteriously nothing feel through the cracks (i.e. if not important enough, probably didn't need the attention in the first place).

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5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees

5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Finding impactful staff members takes a lot of hard work. Here are the attributes one company screens for in their candidates.
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How Trust Became the Currency of Business

How Trust Became the Currency of Business | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Confidence, a way of expressing competence, lends itself more readily to business discussions because it is measurable. Confidence can be objectively assessed and quantified.
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Great article and I like the view that "Confidence is a subset of trust"…very interesting way to look at integrity.

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Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership - Forbes

Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership - Forbes | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Not long ago, most discussions of leadership were about leaders – their personality traits, how to identify and groom those with ‘leadership potential,’ and what were the skills that leaders employed.

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New Leaders:

are skilled at trusting, because trusting and trustworthiness enhance each otherAre good at collaboration and the tools of influenceoperate from a clear set of values and principlesare likely to be more intrinsically than extrinsically motivatedare not be dependent on direct authority or political power.
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David DeSantis's curator insight, April 5, 2:20 PM

The essence and central tenet to leadership excellence is nurturing the trust of those you lead. 

Lou Hemmer's curator insight, April 11, 10:48 AM

Outstanding article on leadership.  Anyone who manages or will manage in the future should read this article!

Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, April 16, 12:05 PM

Vertical power-based leadership becomes less relevant in todays world. The key success factor becomes the ability to persuade someone over whom you have no power to collaborate with you in pursuit of a common mission.

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This Is A Brilliant Approach To Making Better Decisions

This Is A Brilliant Approach To Making Better Decisions | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
When making a decision about the future, pretend it already happened and was a failure. If it's easy to come up with reasons why, don't do it.
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Great idea! Next time you face a big decision try a "premortem" it helps to overcome blind spots & bridge thinking.

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Simon Sinek: YOUR job may literally be killing you. Do you know why?

Simon Sinek: YOUR job may literally be killing you. Do you know why? | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
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A great interview with leadership expert, Simon Sinek.

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Moving mind-sets on gender diversity: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company

Moving mind-sets on gender diversity: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
To ensure that corporate culture supports—not hinders—the ability of women to reach top management, companies must address mind-sets and develop a more inclusive, holistic diversity agenda. A McKinsey & Company article.
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7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times

7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders need to show more composure than ever before in the workplace.
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The ability to manage your emotional state and remain calm is absolutly crucial to retaining your credibility and authority.

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Be A Leader In Your Industry: Help Others - Forbes

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Be A Leader In Your Industry: Help Others
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Think about the qualities that define industry leaders. They are knowledgeable, well-connected, credible, and amiable — among other things.

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Help others and be more successful yourself: 

If you’re looking for inspiration, here are are five ways to showcase your expertise through helping others.

1. Recognize them. 

2. Bring business their way. 

3. Volunteer your time. 

4. Share knowledge. 

5. Give feedback.

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What Polar Explorer Alison Levine Knows About Leadership That Corporate Managers Don't

What Polar Explorer Alison Levine Knows About Leadership That Corporate Managers Don't | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Polar explorer Alison Levine shares 5 critical leadership principles that managers don't often learn in corporate America. (What Polar Explorer Alison Levine Knows About Leadership That Corporate ...

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John Michel's curator insight, January 4, 8:55 AM

Every mission we undertake in our lives should be not only about reaching the goal, but also the people we affect and the lessons we learn along the way. The journey is where we find perspective.

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4 Major Sleep Related Factors That Affect Our Cognitive Performance

4 Major Sleep Related Factors That Affect Our Cognitive Performance | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it

If you want to be an active, energetic person, that is successful in your business, there is an essential key factor that will really help you achieving those goals you have set to yourself: a good night sleep.  This may just sound common sense, but there is actually loads of new research coming out that evidences  the benefits of regular seven to nine hour sleep.  Even though everyone knows about the need of a full night sleep, unfortunately we are still trying to get rid of a strongly entrenched trend in society that for decades has confused sleeplessness with vitality and high performance,  particularly in the corporate cultures.  Who doesn´t know (or hasn´t identified with)  the ambitious person who works all the time, sleeps five to six hours a day for weeks in a row, and is addicted to cups of coffee (the world’s second-most widely sold commodity, after oil) ?


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Gain Website's curator insight, December 8, 2013 9:34 PM

 A good night sleep enables a person's brain to relax and recover from stressful thinking due to a very heavy work load. As they said, lack of sleep can cause various psychological effects towards attitude and behavioral activity.

 

A business minded person somehow can sacrifice his/her time from sleeping but sacrificing that is done everytime is not good towards health and mental health. So be cautious of budgeting time if you want to have a successful career towards business. 

 

If in case you have problems with sleeping patterns and observe slight changes towards your attitude you can do some research to overcome this kind of situation. But if you don't have spare time researching and reading articles online you can consult to a psychologist who can manage and let you fully understand the concept of your problem and aids to help you over come such.

 

A good psychologist in Delaware that can help you with this kind of situation is Dr. Carl Shekhar. View her webpage to know more details about this certified psychologist in Delaware: www.CarolGrahamShekhar.com 

Angie Mc's curator insight, December 9, 2013 10:10 AM

7-9 hours a night recommended. 

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4 Ways You Can Use Body Language To Your Advantage

4 Ways You Can Use Body Language To Your Advantage | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
If you see someone frowning, head bowed, shoulders slumped, it’s a fair bet they’re feeling low in confidence. But which came first: the slumped shoulders or the bad mood?
Your body language doesn’t merely reflect your emotions, it’s often the cause.

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Karolina Kuran's curator insight, November 30, 2013 7:53 PM

What can we do to make a difference in our body language? It seems that really small changes can have a significant impact. 

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 7, 9:17 PM

A bunch of basics tips when IT comes to gesture and body language especially in meetings. 

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10 Surprising Career Drivers for Millennials

10 Surprising Career Drivers for Millennials | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Millennials make up 36% of the U.S. workforce.

By 2020, this generation will be nearly half of all workers. There are an estimated 80 million Millennials overall – and their priorities in the w
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 Interesting study that is matched by my client experience; and it's not only the "millennials"! Many people today place a higher importance on a collaborative and flexible work environment, professional challenges and management support than on pure financial measures. The question is whether there has been a major shift in our motivation or whether it's always been this way and we are finally ready to admit that it's not all about the money....

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10 Steps To Effective Listening

10 Steps To Effective Listening | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it

In today’s high-tech, high-speed, high-stress world, communication is more important then ever, yet we seem to devote less and less time to really listening to one another. Genuine listening has become a rare gift—the gift of time. It helps build relationships, solve problems, ensure understanding, resolve conflicts, and improve accuracy. At work, effective listening means fewer errors and less wasted time. At home, it helps develop resourceful, self-reliant kids who can solve their own problems. Listening builds friendships and careers. It saves money and marriages.


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There are 10 tips here, even following just 2 or 3 will improve your listening and therefore your communication and relationships dramatically - give it a go!

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Cath Daley's curator insight, April 9, 10:32 AM

A key skill for anyone who is involved in coaching is the ability to really listen. here are some tips to help you improve your listebing skills.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 9:18 PM

Greta quote in the cartoon. "nobody hates a listener"

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 9:19 PM

Great caption in cartoon "Nobody hates a listener"

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What a Homeless Man Taught Me About Leadership

What a Homeless Man Taught Me About Leadership | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership does not mean having followers; it's about having an impact, or influence, on those around you. After I saw Joshua as a man like me -- not a stereotype of a homeless man --I couldn't stop thinking about how I could help him since he alread...
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"Leadership is helpfulness. You don't have to lead a million people, just someone." It's the little ripples: Taking time to stop and talk to someone sitting on the street, sharing an experience with your friends or coworkers, or writing a post to help others realize they are leaders too. It just takes helping someone to become a leader.

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ENGAGING EMPLOYEES THROUGH HIGH-INVOLVEMENT WORK PRACTICES - Ivey Business Journal

ENGAGING EMPLOYEES THROUGH HIGH-INVOLVEMENT WORK PRACTICES - Ivey Business Journal | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Recent research suggests that high-involvement work practices can develop the positive beliefs and attitudes associated with employee engagement, and that these

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Do you have leadership presence?

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“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.” Lao Tzu Leadership is about results and positive outcomes, and so leaders want the...
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“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.” Lao Tzu

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Wait, What's That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

Wait, What's That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
If you're experiencing an attention deficit, you're far from alone.
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How a 12 second attention spam could be a good thing!

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Why You Should Reach Out And Touch Someone - Forbes

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Why You Should Reach Out And Touch Someone
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I thought of him when I was coaching Suzanne. Suzanne was the leader of an Information Technology department – a brilliant “techie”, struggling to develop better interpersonal communication skills.

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Want a promotion? Then get a coach | BPS

These are the key findings of a study presented this week at the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference in Brighton.

Rebecca J. Jones of Aston Business School in Birmingham examined 24 different studies of work place coaching. When compared to other types of more popular workplace development tools: coaching had a greater impact on performance.


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Study from British Psychological Society shows coacing is more effective than training or 360 feedback. My experiece supports this ad so it's great to see these results from an independent study.

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Annette Swann's curator insight, January 24, 2:57 AM

New research to consider how executive coaching achieves results. I also believe that it is most effective when it is integrated with other leadership development efforts undertaken within the context of the organisation.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, January 26, 6:03 PM

Great advice!  Coaching really can have a significant impact on your performance - just look at the massive improvement Stan Wawrinka made in just one year with his new coach.  You can achieve exactly the same in the business world.

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6 Habits of Great Connectors

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Entrepreneur Scott Dinsmore shares the traits that the best networkers he's met have in common.
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Connecting with people is a vital skill for ayone in business, here are the top habits that Scott Dinsmore observed in skillful connectors:

1. Smile

2. Make friends

3. Pay attention

4. See friends not strangers

5. Contribute

6. Be open to conversation

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5 Simple Ways to Harness The Power Of Gratitude At Work

5 Simple Ways to Harness The Power Of Gratitude At Work | A View on Leadership | Scoop.it
Who wants to work for an ungrateful boss? Nobody so start saying thanks.
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If you want to be successful, start showing your appreciation of others!

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Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders…
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For me, this is another great talk from Simon Sinek (despite the slightly angry delivery style!) in which he explains the biology of what makes a good leader. He draws from history to explain how hierarchies developed, why we are so comfortable with them within our companies and society today and why we expect a lot from our leaders.  Great insights too into how endorphins, dopamine, seratonin and oxytocin all work together and how an excess of dopamine in particular leaders, has proved to be disastrous for our economy. 

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Make Stress Work For You

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This might sound a little crazy, but what if it's the very fact that we assume stress is bad that's actually making it so bad for us?
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What if it's not the actual stress that's hurting you, but the fact that you THINK it is….? An interesting perspective.

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