Wednesday 23 April 2008

Deepak Chopra - a spiritual leader we can follow in our own way

I have read at least half of Deepak Chopra’s 50 books. I am always inspired by his depth of insight and practical suggestions for spiritual growth. I would highly recommend his latest book ‘The Third Jesus’. As Deepak says it probably won’t be read by the fundamentalist folk who say their way is the only way and by acting as such hinder progress towards peace, nevertheless I am certain many will read it. It is a book for our time as we get tantalisingly close to the tipping point regarding tolerance of each others right to live our lives in our own way while at the same time being respectful and valuing of those who live a different way to us.

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Monday 7 April 2008

The happiness factor - now a legitimate part of a success strategy

Around 15 years ago I made a comment to an audience that happy staff equals happy customers. Many people laughed. Today the happiness factor is no longer considered a joke, rather a legitimate component of a success strategy. Larry Page, one of the founders of Google, recently named by Fortune magazine as the best place to work in the US, is on record as saying that a central part of the company’s strategy is to ensure that its employees are happy.

There is even a new form of psychology called 'positive psychology'. The most famous exponent as far as I know is Dr Martin Seligman. There are a number of great questionnaires on his website to measure your happiness. I highly recommend them.

Even more I highly recommend that you make employee happiness a key component of your strategy. Who knows maybe one day your company will be rated as the best place to work!

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