Category On Happiness

“Koyaanisqatsi”

“Koyaanisqatsi” is a Hopi word. It means “life out of balance.”  The Hopi are a Native American people who primarily live in the region around Arizona. The name Hopi is a shortened form of Hopituh Shi-nu-mu (“The Peaceful People” or “Peaceful Little Ones”). What is balance? What is a balanced life? Does such an ideal […]

Loneliness and Aloneness

Loneliness and Aloneness are different. Loneliness is an emptiness and the desire to fill this space with another person in the hope that the emptiness will be filled and removed. Loneliness is to be unhappy alone; and leads to misery together. Loneliness leads to a possessive relationship that is not love. It may begin with […]

Sculpture garden at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

What is art for?

In 2001 I spent a weekend in Denmark with 3 friends. We spent Sunday morning in the sunshine visiting the Louisiana modern art museum 40 kms north of Copenhagen. The setting was beautiful, right on the coast with views over the water to Sweden. One of my friends said “this place is beautiful, its a […]

How do I become a … ?

Good speaker? Writer? Dancer? Singer? Runner? How do I become one? How does the whole thing come together? How will I know if it really is my thing? Will it be worth it? There is only one way to find out. There has really only ever been one way. The way to mastery in the […]

The 4 Paths of our Working Life

My last post was on Meaningful Contribution.  I talked about three questions about the work you are doing: does it serve others? do you do it well? and do you love doing it? The 4 Paths in our Working Life Taking two of those questions: does it serve others? and do you love doing it? […]

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Meaningful Contribution

You are probably pretty good at your job. You do it at least well enough to keep it. I bet you are actually pretty good at it when you decide to focus on it, when you give it 100%. But…  Do you enjoy what you do? Being good at something is not a good reason […]

The Single Most Important aspect of High Performing Teams

“How do you create a happy environment?”“Simple. I removed all the unhappy people.” I can’t remember who said this, but it rings true to me. To get the hot air balloon higher, it is simpler to remove the lead weights than to pump more hot air into the balloon canopy. Single most important aspect: Remove […]

Interview: Manel Baucells, Author of Engineering Happiness

Manel Baucells was the favourite Professor amongst students when I did my MBA at IESE Business School.  He taught Decision Analysis.  There are certain types of situation under which humans will take poor (rational) decisions.  We study this subject so that we can reduce the likelihood that we will take similar poor decisions under similar […]

3 types of Dangerous People

If you want to improve quality of life, stay away from people that reduce your joy. photo: Avital Pinnick Micheal Maddock writes about 3 types of people to fire immediately.  This applies beyond the world of entrepreneurs and work teams.  It applies in all of life. The 3 types of Dangerous People Victims – they […]

Are you a Dog or a Wolf?

There are 2 types of life.  The Dog or the Wolf. Are you a Dog or are you a Wolf? Dogs… Dogs are hierarchical social-status animals.  They hunt in packs.  They fight for power within their pack.  Their success or failure is entirely defined by their position within the hierarchy of the pack.  The higher […]

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