Smarter goals for more happiness

fireworks by timothy k hamilton

It’s that time again: New Year’s resolutions. The science of happiness tells us New Year’s resolutions are a worthwhile ritual. Goals are vital to motivation, engagement, and happiness, at work and beyond. Statistics suggest that people who explicitly set goals are ten times more likely to reach them. Still, while up to 62% of Americans read more…

A simple activity to boost the impact of your next presentation.

One of my favorite parts of workshops is applying brain research to get the audience involved and learning more. An example of this is getting audiences into small groups for discussion of how they will apply what they’ve learned. I try for groups of six or less people, because research indicates that in groups that read more…

How to Find More Passion at Work

First of all, I mean passion for your work, not your colleagues! If you want help getting passion with your colleagues, you want a different blog! 🙂 Passion for your work is about energy and meaning.  It’s getting energized by your work, and finding–or creating–the meaning in your work. Start with some basics. As I read more…

Hacking Performance Reviews to be more Palatable and Positive

Employee Reviews

As a former programmer, I’m very familiar with “hacks”: short-cuts or tricks to get something working better. You may be familiar with “life hacking“, using a similar approach to finding novel ways to improve life. I want to extend that concept to create “happiness hacks”. Happiness hacks are simply new ways of boosting happiness at read more…

Three Myths About Managing Geeks

I am a geek. I love technology, programming, design, and other nerdy delights. I’ve worked with geeks for most of my career, and love working with them! I was recently asked for input on managing geeks, and specifically for help addressing myths about geeks. I would love to hear your thoughts about these: Myth #1: read more…

Trust Me: "Pecha Kuchas" Build Trust

I met with a friend and former colleague yesterday, who said he thought he had trust problems on his team of (mostly) engineers. What might I suggest to help build trust on the team? I love this question because it’s so important. Trust is the foundation of teamwork in many experts’ eyes; see Patrick Lencioni’s The read more…

Positive Power Up: Leading for Happiness!

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I wrote the following article for the September issue of the International Game Developers Association newsletter. While it draws on my background as a game designer and developer, I strongly believe the points about positive leadership can apply to any organization. I’d love to get your comments and feedback on it.