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The Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor is a Telly Award Winner!

Bronze Telly Award

We just received notification that our program The Happiness Advantage has won a Telly for outstanding training program. This program, hosted by Shawn Achor is based on Shawn Achor’s best selling book and shows how companies can improve job satisfaction, productivity, and creativity by focusing on positivity in the workplace. The results from this work can be amazing!

If you haven’t had a chance to see this program, you might want to take a look at it by clicking HERE.

Posted under Best Sellers, What’s New, Product Reviews and Articles, Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage by Stewart on Jul 05, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Comments Off

You can practice happiness on your iPhone or Android Device

iJournnal application for The Happiness Advantage

We’ve heard from many of you who have seen our new video The Happiness Advantage that you’d like a simple too to work on your happiness habits on a regular basis.

Now you can with the new I Journal application: this new application is designed according to the core principles that renowned author and psychologist Shawn Achor describes in his book "The Happiness Advantage." It’s free to download. Here’s how it can help you:

  • journaling as a means of moving from task-based activities to meaning-based activities
  • write down something you are grateful for every day: gain a more positive perspective on life
  • record how you exercise: boosts your mood and enhances your work performance
  • capture moments of meditation: increases happiness, lowers stress, and can even improve immune function
  • make note of your acts of kindness: feel much happier

Research shows that by practicing these principles, people can increase their productivity and develop a "happiness advantage". Remember, optimistic employees are 31% more productive, take fewer sick days, achieve higher sales and make more money. They perform more accurately on tasks and think smarter. Yet, it’s not this success that makes them happy. In fact, it’s the other way around: happiness comes first, leading to greater success-for themselves, their workgroups and their organizations.

I Journal makes it easier for you to capture text, photos, or voice notes from anywhere you are. Create a free account at Catch.com to enable automatic syncing and the ability to view and edit your journal on the web as well as from your Android devices.

Your notebook can be viewed in forward or reverse chronological order. Your entries can also be location-tagged and shared via email, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

I Journal is powered by Catch.com

Posted under What’s New, Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage by Stewart on May 13, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Comments Off

Five Ideas to Improve Happiness, Success, and Performance at Work

Many of us have been told that if we work hard, we’ll be successful, and once we’re successful, then we’ll be happy. But decades of scientific research have proven that this formula is backward. Happiness makes us smarter and more efficient-it actually fuels our success. Shawn Achor, Harvard Professor and host of our new program, The Happiness Advantage has a whole set of strategies that you can use to do this. Here are five:

  1. Practice random acts of kindness: Every time you perform an act of kindness, however small, your brain enjoys a spike in happiness. Write a thank-you note, compliment a colleague’s tie, or drop coins in a stranger’s meter.
  2. Invest in your social relationships: Your social support network (friends and family) are the best predictor of success and happiness. Remember to invest in your social support networks!
  3. Exercise: You know about the physical benefits of exercise, but don’t forget the mental ones: just 30 minutes of exercise can act as an anti-depressant. Another study found that executives who started a regular exercise routine experienced a 70% improvement in their ability to make complex decisions.
  4. Start with small, manageable goals: When you fell stressed and overwhelmed at work, don’t panic. The best way to get control of the situation (and improve your happiness) is to start with small, manageable goals. This helps you gain confidence so you can gradually take on larger and larger tasks.
  5. Avoid Multitasking: We live in a world that almost demands that we multitask... And we can do it: the only problem is, when we attempt to multitask, our brain actually decreases our success rate on both of those tasks. So focus on one task at a time!

These are just a few ideas that you’ll find in our new release, The Happiness Advantage. Our customers have already told us they love the program and are using it in the workplace. We think you’ll agree! Take a look at the free preview and see for yourself.

The Happiness Advantage Training Video

Posted under Best Sellers, What’s New, Training Ideas, HR and Training, Leadership, Management, Corporate Strategy, Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage by Stewart on Apr 13, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Comments Off

The Importance of Getting Buy-In...

Dr. John Kotter Book Buy-In

I was lucky enough to read John Kotter’s new book a few weeks ago. It’s called "Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea From Getting Shut Down."

As many of you know, "Communicating for Buy-In" is step #4 in Dr. John Kotter’s 8-step process of change. No change effort can succeed unless your entire team buys into the process. Buy-in is essential, but it can also be the biggest roadblock.

This is a terrific book if you want to have more productive meetings and presentations and obtain "buy-in" from everyone.

In this book, Kotter uses a simple and straightforward way to discuss the obstacles that can occur when you try to get Buy-In. He also provides a wonderful prescription for addressing the most common attacks that you might encounter when you’re trying to pursue a good idea.

The first half of the book tells a theoretical story about a town that needs new computers in their library and initially the resident making the presentation gets shot down. But her brother-in-law, Hank comes to the rescue by using common sense and ingenuity.

The second half of the book features 24 attacks that are often typical responses used to kill new or different ideas and they are grouped in 4 strategies:

  • Fear Mongering
  • Delay
  • Confusion
  • Ridicule (or character assassination).

We have all heard them before..."it’s worked before so why change it" or "you’re abandoning our core ideals." The authors provide methods to help you counter the naysayers.

That alone is a good reason to take a look at this book. But what I love the most is that John and his Co-Author Lorne Whitehead have delivered this message in a fun to read format. I enjoyed reading the book - and I got a lot out of it...

Give the book a look. I think you’ll like it.

To purchase a copy of this book at Amazon.com, Click Here.

Posted under What’s New, John Kotter, Management by Stewart on Jan 26, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

Release of "The Happiness Advantage" Business Book

The Happiness Advantage Book Cover

This week, Shawn Achor’s book was just released! It’s called "The Happiness Advantage." As you can imagine, I have read many business books. Almost all of them have great advice, research, ideas, and suggestions for improving management, teambuilding, service, and personal success. The downside of most business books is that they are very serious - and often so filled with data, that it can be a tough read.

"The Happiness Advantage" is different! This is truly an engaging book that is not only informative but also funny. As I was reading the book, I found myself laughing out loud. In fact, I was laughing so much that people in the office asked me, "What’s so funny?" But the other fascinating part of the book is the research that Shawn has uncovered. We have always been taught that if you work hard, you’ll be successful...and if you’re successful, then you will be happy. The research that Shawn and his colleagues in the field of positive psychology have shown is that we all work better when we are happy. And the good news is that anyone can improve his or her level of happiness. There are many "take aways" listed in the book that will help you improve your happiness level on a daily basis. It’s all in his book - and I highly recommend that you read it.

Shawn Achor is a professor at Harvard University. For years, his course on happiness was the most popular and highly attended course with the undergraduates.

Here at Enterprise Media, we have fully embraced "The Happiness Advantage" and are releasing a video with Shawn and his humorous demonstrations and stories from his research entitled "The Happiness Advantage." This program will be released at the end of this year. I guarantee that you will laugh out loud reading his book and that it will perk you up and give you some great ways to handle those "difficult" people that you have to deal with both in the office and in life.

Here is a video clip from YouTube where Shawn shares some of the ideas that led him to write the book:

Screen Shot from YouTube clip with Shawn Achor

If you are interested in purchasing "The Happiness Advantage" you can click on this link at Amazon.com.

Posted under What’s New, Shawn Achor by Stewart on Sep 16, 2010 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

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