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How Adults Achieve Happiness

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on December 17th, 2009    No Comments

Happiness as a child is easy.  Happiness as an adult is more complicated.  In a recent survey of over 3,000 respondents, Marshall and Kelly Goldsmith, BusinessWeek Contributors, analyzed the connections between happiness and meaning at home and at work.  Their findings were clear-cut.  (Read the full article here.)   “There is an incredibly high correlation between people’s happiness and meaning at work and at home.”  According to their results, “the amount of time respondents spent solely on stimulating activities had no bearing on their satisfaction at work…Overall satisfaction at work increased only if both the amount of happiness and meaning experienced by employees simultaneously increased.”

As for the individual, what can you do to increase your happiness?  The authors suggest:

  1. Reducing TV watching
  2. Cutting back on surfing the Web for non-professional reasons.
  3. Do as few chores as you can.
  4. Spend time exercising and with people you love.
  5. Feeling challenged is linked to greater satisfaction, so challenge yourself.

The authors say that companies should stop asking, “What can the company do to increase employees’ experience of happiness and meaning at work” because it can encourage dependency.  Instead, company leaders should ask themselves, “What can I do to increase my experience of happiness and meaning at work?”  This can lead to a better commitment, potentially at a lower cost, than current plans.

We at The Leadership Trust® share the philosophy that work affects home and home affects work, and our programs are comprehensive in addressing both issues as evidenced by our graduates’ testimonials.   What do you do to increase your happiness at home and at work?

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Why Wise Leaders Don’t Know Too Much

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on December 15th, 2009    No Comments

Is there such a thing as too much knowledge?  Is that possible?  Through the course of his education, Jeff Stibel learned valuable lessons regarding knowledge and wisdom.  An entrepreneur and brain scientist, Stibel writes about how he has learned that “wisdom can be shattered by too much information.”  Like a bookshelf only holds so many books, our brains only hold so much information before we can suffer from the “knowledge trap” or “analysis paralysis.”  In decision making, Stibel says those who “realize they’ll never have all the answers no matter how much knowledge they gather- are often the ones who succeed.”  Read the full article here.

In these tough economic times, it’s hard to know what will happen to our companies, our communities, and our lifestyle habits.  Instead of succumbing to the knowledge trap and analysis paralysis, we should take on the attitude of doing the best with what we have so that we can maximize our chances of success.  No one knows fully what we all should do, but we all know that doing nothing will not help any situation.  What do you do to help prevent the knowledge trap/ analysis paralysis in your office?

Do You Know Where Your Leaders Are?

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on December 10th, 2009    1 Comment

Rita McGrath, Professor at Columbia Business School in New York, writes in her blog about preparing for the upswing as the economy shows signs of turnaround.  Read the full article here.  Start with determining where your company is now and where you want to be.  Having a clearly defined goal will help you as you create the succession plan for your potential leadership candidates.

When you have your candidates in mind, think of their current skills and abilities.  Do they need training? What experiences do they need to fully engage in their potential?  McGrath writes, “Training, promotion and development will be key to winning because not having the right leaders will be a crippling disadvantage when the economy turns up.”

What are you doing to help prepare your team for their leadership potential?

Managing Your Time with White Space

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on December 9th, 2009    1 Comment

Trying to do more with less?  Aren’t we all aiming to achieve the creative balance for our various work projects?  Jim Collins, author of  Level 5 Leadership, says he uses a stop watch to regulate his time, which creates pockets of white space in his day to be creative.

He “is all about discipline,” writes Bronwyn Fryer, of the Harvard Business Review Blog.  (Read the full article here.)  Collins blocks off time in his schedule where he is cut off from all electronics, including the internet, for creativity and writing.  He says he often uses this white space to clear his mind so as not to “confuse activity with productivity.”

Sounds like a luxury doesn’t it?  Think you can’t do it until you get that big break?  Well Collins used this same philosophy while writing his first book, Built to Last.  He even declined consulting opportunities to fulfill his scheduled white space creative time.

What do you think?  How do you add some creative, mind clearing white space into your schedule?  We want to learn from you.

What Oprah can teach you about Leadership

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on December 4th, 2009    No Comments

Oprah Winfrey’s success in creating and protecting her brand can be attributed to what she doesn’t do as what she does do, according to Harvard Business Blog writer John Baldoni.  Oprah was quoted to say, “”I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds it.” (Read the full article here.)

Baldoni goes on to explain the three pieces of advice for people wanting to build their own leadership brand.  He says to

  1. Practice What You Preach
  2. Act on Principle
  3. Insist on Integrity

Because everyone plays a leadership role in any organization, what do you do to help your company build your leadership brand?  What does your company do – or fail to do – to help support its brand amongst others in your industry? Share your story. We would enjoy hearing from you.