Leading for Happiness & Building Strong Teams: New Coaching Groups!

Wouldn’t it be great to lead a happy, strong, thriving team at work? I know how hard it is for a team to thrive at work. I’ve led teams for 30 years, and I’ve dealt with communication problems, draining workloads, excess stress, and disengaged employees–problems you may be wrestling with right now. These problems can read more…

Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

Cover of Patrick Lencioni's The Ideal Team Player

Personnel management is one of the most complex responsibilities of a leader. From hiring, to performance assessment, to coaching and personnel development, a leader has to be sure they’re getting and retaining the best possible team players on the job. But how can a leader find an ideal team player? Patrick Lencioni delves into this concept read more…

Brad Stevens’ Coaching Style and the Science of Thriving

Brad Stevens' Coaching Style works.

Brad Stevens’ coaching style works. As I type this, my beloved Celtics are up 2-0 against the Cleveland Caveliers in the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Virtually nobody predicted this, especially after Boston lost not one, but two of their top stars (and suffered other injuries) before the playoffs. How does Stevens do it? Can the read more…

Minimizing Micromanagement to Become a Better Leader


A leader creates clear, compelling goals with reports, and then facilitates the team’s progress without dictating how their tasks should be done; a micro-manager plans and controls all the project details and the progress of his or her team. Here are some tips on how you can transform into a leader from being a micro-manager, and how I now lead (rather than micro-manage) at Happy Brain Science:

Write a Happiness-boosting Progress Report

happiness boosting progress report

At Happy Brain Science, we try to “walk our talk” as much as possible, doing our best to apply all the science we teach and activities we recommend. If we forget, our awesome Director of Operations and Speaker Ayla Lewis reminds us; it’s part of why I love working with her so much! Like any read more…