Book Review: Mindsight by Daniel Siegel

What is mindsight? In the words of the author, Dr. Daniel Siegel, “Mindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our minds…without being swept away by them.” Mindsight is essentially Siegel’s term for mindfulness meditation. Focus attention to achieve success Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation teaches us the read more…

Get Moving and Grooving at work!

When I learned that exercise boosts mood and decreases depression on top of all the other health benefits, I made a vow to not let three days in a row go by without some physical activity in my life. In fact, this was the very first change I made to my life after learning about the science read more…

Hire a set of strengths? Yes and no.

I often present the workshop Truly Tapping Your Strengths–And Those of Your Team! The basic gist is that if you focus on what’s right with people and get them to use that more, everyone does better work and enjoys it more. A common question from my awesome audiences is “If I think a job needs a particular set read more…

Audience question: How can I make my happiness more contagious than my coworker’s unhappiness?

direction by Fabrizio Sciami

Scientific data clearly shows that happiness is contagious – and so are negative attitudes. In graphics showing the distribution of happier and less happy people, you will find obvious clusters of happiness and unhappiness–not a random distribution. But in what direction do positive and negative attitudes spread – and can we influence it? An audience read more…

Book Summary and Review of We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement by Rudy Karsan and Kevin Kruse

We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement is so titled because the authors view employee engagement as a partnership between employees and their employers. I couldn’t agree more. Pay for Performance and Employee Engagement Early on in the book though, there is a part with which I disagree: the authors strongly argue that read more…

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…