Career And Leadership Skills

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Always Leveling Up

I got an opportunity to work for one of the best companies in the world. It’s an opportunity that I can’t pass up.

Challenging myself is a big part of my work happiness.

So when a headhunter emailed me in LinkedIn and asked if I was interested in working at USAA. I said YES!

The position is to help with with User Experience on their website. They found me because I’ve worked hard to build up my resume over at Domino Connection.

It’s my other business that pays the bills.

Always Have Fun

Work Happy Now is fun, but I haven’t earned much money from trying to help people become better leaders at work. I think I’ve earned about $200 in the last 6 months from this site.

I thought when I started Work Happy Now that once I build a reputation in the industry that all kinds of business owners would contact me to help them create a great place to work.

Happy employees equates to higher retention of employees, higher earnings, and better results.

I do get contacted every 6 months or so, but most of the time these companies just inquire and don’t hire me to help them.

So about 5 years ago I stared helping companies improve their websites with a separate business. I use a lot of the techniques I’ve learned at Work Happy Now to help them improve their company, so all my research and writing has paid off.

Passion Project

I’ve come to appreciate that Work Happy Now is just a passion project. I hope to continue to keep delivering great content, but I can’t promise how much I’ll be able to research and write.

I’m going to try my best, but I could use your help.

Everything happened so fast that I haven’t had much time to process everything. From the time I found out that there was a job opening I was offered and job and given a start date, it only took 3 weeks.

We moved up the family vacation, so we could see my family in Pennsylvania and my wife’s family in Missouri.

Help the Cause

Now I have to make my new job a top priority, but I refuse to let Work Happy Now just fade away.

If you are interested in helping me keep Work Happy Now going over the next year please contact me. I’m in need of an editor and two writers.

Would you be willing to help me continue to help people work happier.

I would also be interested in bringing in a partner if I can find the right fit. I would be willing to split a portion of the revenue if you can help me continue to grow this passion project. So if you have a similar passion for work happiness please contact me, so we can talk about your ideas of growing.

How to Help Your Employees Feel Happier at Work

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Leading someone to do what you want them to do and getting them to actually enjoy doing it isn’t easy. I’ve always been a hard person to lead. I like to do things my way. A lot of people like to do things their way or at least feel like it.

Are you difficult to lead as well?

Most people are.

This is the key to leading your people.

Happiness

Happiness is based on perception. Some employees love complete autonomy while others prefer a more structured day. You need to help them create the type of workday that makes them happy, productive and delivering great results.

It’s how they perceive their ability to make choices that truly matter to them. If they have control over the kind of projects that they like to work on for a large portion of their day they will be happy. They need have the freedom to execute their ideas. It’s giving them the space to grow and expand.

When people own their choices they feel responsible to deliver on their promises. As a leader in your organization, think about who you enjoy delivering great work to, it could be a co-worker, boss, or customer. Why do you think you work harder to deliver these results for them? You’ll understand the importance of emotions in your workday as well as your people’s emotions.

My Mistakes

A few years ago I was assigned to lead to an event that my company was hosting. I had to bring in speakers (inside and outside the organization), set up the conference room in a hotel, create a program, gather materials, promote conference and the list went on.

I was blindly assigning people to jobs without asking for their input. After terrible results in the first few weeks I stopped to take a breather. I gathered everyone for a meeting and I listened to feedback. Their feedback shocked me. I had a lot of improvement to make as a leader.

True Leadership

So you want an atmosphere that encourages great work? Don’t we all. Most bosses and managers talk a good game, but they don’t create a plan to make it happen.

Almost every CEO I worked for always talked about the importance of their people, but their actions did not coincide with their words. They were always more worried about their own issues.

I know how important it is to make money, improve profit margins, keep stock holders happy, but if the employees aren’t happy then the bottom line will suffer.

Ownership

Let people create their own plan, improving their ability to understand the choices they do have (perceived freedom) and execute on their ideas then encourage them to improve their mistakes. The problem lies in helping them execute so they have the best chance at success.

As a leader of people you need to remove obstacles and encourage happiness in every facet of your business. I’ve created 10 techniques that will help your company be happy and successful.

  1. Be happy yourself.
  2. Know your people.
  3. Make time for your people.
  4. Create more autonomy.
  5. Help them find meaning in their work.
  6. Stop letting jerks dictate the company culture.
  7. Encourage friendships.
  8. Recognize hard work.
  9. Let people know that they have options.
  10. Find out why people leave.

These are concepts that are easy to understand, but may be hard to apply to your company’s culture. Let’s start with little baby steps.

Once you’ve been able to bring a little more happiness into your own life and career, which isn’t easy, but should be daily exercise. You can move on to making your employees happy.

The best way to do this is the 4-step employee happiness process:

  1. Ask them, on a scale of 0 to 10 (0 being you would rather lose a foot than continue working here and 10 being happier than a baby giggling) how happy are you?
  2. Ask them, how can I make you happier? (What projects are you struggling with and what projects would you like to do more of? Let’s say they say on the scale of happiness they are a 4 then I like you to say how can I help you get to a 5 or 6. Make it feel attainable and meet their expectations.)
  3. Listen to their responses and be honest about where you could probably help them and where it might not be possible at this time.
  4. Ask them if they can create a plan with 2 projects that they would like to work on (no more than 500 words) that would help them feel happier as well as help the company improve. Give them a date of when you would like the plan buy. Make sure they give you a step-by-step of how they would implement the projects (timeframe, resources, and breakdown of tasks) and what they think the results would be after the project is complete.

That’s it.

You will have to review the plan, pick the best project (give them guidelines to create a better project for them and the company), but if they did their due diligence your job is just to review plan, make mutual adjustments, and have them implement their idea.

The best part is it’s a win-win. You have happier employees and you get better results.

What is one great idea you’ve seen from your boss that helped you feel happier at work?

How to Resolve Emotionally Charged Conflicts

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Last month I was talking with a client and we weren’t seeing eye to eye. I wanted them to try some new ideas because I wanted to see if we could improve our results. They were resistant. I don’t want to give too much detail away, but we hit an impasse. Of course we stayed […]

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10 Leadership Secrets From Top Business Books

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Think about your boss for a moment. What do you think are the reasons for his success? What are his qualities that inspire you? Why do you want to become like him? Let’s learn about the answers to these questions by taking help of the leadership books. Leadership has got multiple facets and each and […]

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Should You Document Your Company’s Stories

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Why do you think Legos are such a popular toy? I bet you can guess from the title of this blog post. Legos are popular because you can see your hard work come to life. Every Lego brick you stack the more your progress improves. You can see how the story unfolded. Many of your […]

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How to Say No to Soul-Sucking Tasks

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You’re busy. I get it. You get lots of emails. You work a lot. You’re really important to lots of people. You usually get nods of approval when you talk about the depths of your busyness. But I’m not impressed. Look, everyone is busy. It’s not impressive anymore. Bragging about being busy is like a fish […]

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How Difficult Challenges Define Your Career

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When you wake up in the morning what is usually your first thought? I need more sleep. I can’t wait to get today started. I wish I didn’t have to go to work today. The first thought is important, but the next thought is more important. What do you do with that first thought? If […]

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Why You Should Take The Time to Appreciate Your Progress at Work

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“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin It makes sense. You chip away at progress. It isn’t just a sprinkle of magic that leads to a finished project. It can feel like a little luck had something to do with it, but it’s always due […]

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An Open Letter to All Bosses Who Don’t Listen

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Dear Karl, I truly want to work happier, but I feel stuck. I received your email last week about being a great leader. I’m sad to say that my boss is a true jerk. I’ve tried to talk to him, but he is always too busy or when I try to speak up he just […]

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5 Reasons You Should Write Down Your Core Values

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I waited. I’m not sure why, but my light was green and I hadn’t pressed on the gas peddle. Then a big truck came barreling through the intersection. My jaw dropped. I should be dead right now. I don’t know if it was divine intervention, my gut instinct telling me not to go, or just […]

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