Book summary and review: 12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner and James K. Harter

12: The Elements of Great Managing introduces the Q12, a set of twelve questions that Gallup uses to measure employee engagement. Gallup’s extensive data suggests these 12 questions are key to measuring the things that make a performance difference.  These questions (actually statements that people are asked to agree with, or not, on a 5 read more…

Meaning, Autonomy, and Openness: Three Mindset Hacks

horizon by Paxson Woelber

In the process of developing my serious game, I have been distilling many of the relatively small but enormously effective changes individuals and companies can implement to boost happiness and productivity into sets of related hacks. 

Even after immersing myself in this topic for several years now, I continue to be amazed at how applicable read more…

Employee Engagement 2.0

employee engagement 2.0

Kevin Kruse keeps employee engagement short and sweet. In Employee Engagement 2.0: How to Motivate Your Team for High Performance (A Real-World Guide for Busy Managers), which many will read in under an hour, he delivers a lot of important points. Definition & Data Kruse defines employee engagement as the emotional commitment an employee has read more…

Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations

We all know we need engaged employees who willingly work hard to give their best. Employee engagement is a win/win/win that benefits the employees, the organization they work in, and the customers they serve. But how do you get engagement? One expensive but solid approach to significant organizational change is the “conference model” advocated by read more…

3 science-based hacks for your next presentation

At some point in our careers, most of us have to deliver a presentation. Whether you are introducing a new company policy, showing the progress on your latest project, or convincing someone of your qualifications for a position, you can draw upon brain science to boost your impact. The key is to understand how the read more…

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

What are intelligence, creativity, and talent? How can we measure them? Are they innate, or learned? And how can we each uncover our own? Scott Barry Kaufman tackles all of these important questions and many more in Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. I found the book compelling, well-researched, and powerful, especially because Kaufman speaks both from his read more…

How to program your organization for talent retention.

Seeing a talented employee walk out the door almost always means costs ahead – costs in the form of recruiting, interviewing, training, learning, and/or team building. And in most cases, those costs (and the disappointment on both sides) might have been avoided by applying some specific insights provided by neuroscience and the science of happiness. read more…

The Progress Principle

How do you motivate employees? How do you keep them happy and engaged? The Progress Principle The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work presents compelling evidence that most of us are failing to use one of the most powerful tools of all: progress toward clear and meaningful goals. read more…

How can I support your goals for 2014?

question mark by Ciccio Pizzattero

In my last newsletter, I shared tips for setting smarter and more meaningful goals for the New Year (or any time of year, really). Perhaps some of your goals have to do with your happiness, at work and beyond. If so, I want Happy Brain Science to provide you with great resources and support to read more…