We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
“Train your brain to be happy”
I can relate to many points in this talk, except maybe (spoiler alert: there is no unicorn in my family!). The pursuit of happiness is a driver for many. How to get there is a maze to most and frankly if it was easy, we would all know it by now, right? right? or is that so!? Shawn Achor offers an unusual perspective, certainly opposite to one that gets many people out of bed every morning, namely “work harder to be succesful, then you’ll be happy!”. He claims we should do it backwards (and makes a living out of it). I think this is relevant to all businesses as it may hold a key to increase our work productivity, work quality and career success!
We all want customized experiences and products — but when faced with 700 options, consumers freeze up. With fascinating new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses (and others) can improve the experience of choosing.
“Prevent choice overload, enable better decisions”
Making decisions is part of our jobs, and I would argue that it is in fact part of everyone’s job. The choices each employee makes certainly don’t have the same individual consequences, but they collectively make or break the company’s culture, efficiency and ultimate success. How well do we understand the ramifications of the choices we make on a daily basis, sometimes very quickly? How do we help ourselves, and others who need to make decisions based on our input, in making better decisions faster? Sheena Iyengar offers four simple techniques. Continue reading
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.