Why Does Your Work Experience Trump Income Level?


Millennials don’t want new cars, furniture, or artwork. Why do you think this is?

Think about your best times at work.

Does it ever revolve around kicking back on your chair and looking at your bank statement?

Not usually, unless your Scrooge McDuck.

It revolves around the positive experience that were created when working on a difficult project and finding a unique solution or getting together with your your co-workers after work or other experiences that make you happy.

Think about the last job you had. Do you remember the experiences or how much money you made each day?

Experiences are the glue that connects us.

Are you creating positive experiences for your younger workforce?

Experiences that help them build relationships and feel a sense of pride in their work?

Millennials don’t want to spend their money on experiences, which makes sense. Experiences create more happiness because they teach us versus just being another thing in our lives.

The more I’ve led workshops and coached leaders in the workplace the more I know in my bones that we need to create more positive experiences at work. We need to feel like our work matters. That our time isn’t being wasted.

I decided to create the Work Happy Now Emergency Kit – Break in case of stress overload. Leaders can bring a more positive experiences into the workplace and improve engagement if they have help.

Here is the one of the module in the Work Happy Now Emergency Kit:

Create Mentorship Program

Create cross pollination of ideas by creating a mentorship program. Gather everyone in a room. Put people’s names in hat. Make sure to pair people who were unable to come. Each pairing must be random to help people who don’t know each other that well to connect. Have the pairs of employees get together and ask themselves the first session’s questions.

At the end of each session have them set-up next week’s call for 30 minutes. They will set-up meetings each week until the end of the month. Each person will be given 15 minutes to talk at each session. They must bring a goal/project that they are working on and could use guidance to improve the results. You should encourage people to create a project instead of a goal. It becomes more of an adventure instead of something they have to reach and if they don’t, they feel like a failure.

The first session is a discovery session for them to build a rapport with each other. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th session is meant to help them support each other’s progress.

Virtual Version

Split people into groups 10 – 20, depending on the capacity of the video conferencing software that you use. Even numbers are important to pairing people up. Put everyone’s name in excel sheet and people pick number. They will set-up meetings each week over the phone until the end of the month. Each person will be given 15 minutes to talk at each session.

Questions to ask each other: (first session)

  • What are your top 3 favorite movies?
  • What piece of advice has been most important to growing your career?
  • What skill do you wish you had?
  • Who do you look up to as you started your career? How about now?
  • How can I help you accomplish your goal/project by the end of the month?

Questions to ask in mentorship sessions 2-4:

  • What is going well with your goal/project?
  • What can be improved?

Review Questions:

  • How did people respond to mentorship program? (Did they like the results? Did they participate?)
  • What could be improved about the program when you run it again?
  • Do you think it helped the team build stronger relationships?
  • What were the benefits that you noticed to running this program?

This is just a sample of the Work Happy Now Emergency Kit – Break in case of stressed out employees to help you improve your team’s engagement and communication. It gives you 6 modules to try out with your team or yourself. It has 3 main sections –  2 Team building ideas, 2 Team games, and 2 Individual Practices you can incorporate each month to help reduce overwhelm and build a stronger team.

Trying Out a New Community Perk

Fun bonus for you

I want to keep things fun and lively around Work Happy Now. As you know I love helping people work happier and build connections. It’s why I wake up in the morning. Well, that and coffee and a kiss from my amazing wife and my silly hearted son.

Sometimes I get so caught up in helping my current clients that I forget to step outside my comfort zone. So I’m proposing over the next 3 months I’m going to give away one “pay whatever you can afford” career strategy session each month. It’s a $250 value. You’ll get an hour with me to ask me any questions you may have about how you can move your career forward so you can do more of the work you love.

If you can only afford $10 then that’s fine. The reason I’m choosing not to give them away for free is because when people pay something (anything, whatever they can afford), they are more likely to take this as an opportunity instead of a freebie. They will own the journey and take action on what we discussed.

I’ll give the money, however much you decide, to the Cancer Research Institute and Sierra Club Foundation. Both are close to my heart.

If it goes well and people love it then I might continue depending on how much time I have. I’m working on a big January launch and I have a baby due in 5 weeks, so I can’t promise I’ll extend it.

What do you think?

Does this interest you? If so just fill out this 5 minute form and you’ll be given the chance to win a “pay whatever you can afford” career strategy session for the month of December.



P.S. Stay tuned for a fun Black Friday offer. I promise you won’t have to wait in line to purchase this amazing deal.

Why You Need a Pre-Emptive Strike Against Interruptions

war-planesEditor’s note: This is a guest post from Barry Demp of Demp Coaching

In the military, rather than waiting passively for the enemy to attack, you attack first – this is called a pre-emptive strike.

The pre-emptive strike isn’t just useful in the military, though: it’s also a powerful technique that I use with my coaching clients in the business world.

You may have certain high-maintenance employees and co-workers who tend to interrupt a lot and ruin your momentum. Maybe you get a phone call, or they pop into your office – however the interruption comes, it breaks your flow. This is when a pre-emptive strike is warranted.
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How to Use Performance Reviews to Make Employees Happier at Work

dwight-reviewEditor’s Note: This is a guest post from Sean Conrad of the Halogen blog

A lot of employees and managers experience performance appraisals as a negative process. This is true even for employees who are generally good performers. At the core, the reason why we experience performance appraisals negatively is because we are being judged and rated by another.

But you could change the whole experience and improve the business value of performance appraisals simply by changing their focus. What if the goal of your performance appraisal process was to find way to encourage and inspire people to be happy at work and to be their best, rather than to critique, rate and rank them?

There are several things an individual manager or better yet an entire organization can do to make performance appraisals a positive experience that encourages and inspires:
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Join the Leveraging Your Superpowers E-Course

whn-newsletter*Quick note: If you are already signed up for my e-course and newsletter you can move on to the next most important email or blog post in your inbox.

For those of you who aren’t on the Work Happy Now newsletter list I bet you are asking yourself…

Why should you join the Work Happy Now newsletter and e-course?

Well, I’m glad you are curious. You get 10 amazing lessons on leveraging your superpowers, increasing your happiness, and improving your productivity. I wish I would have had this e-course available for free 5 years ago. I would have been all over it. I would have had an easier time enjoying my work.

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21 Reasons a Smart Small Business Coach is Worth the Money

sports-coach-whnA few of my friends asked me if a small business coach is worth the money. They knew my answer would be a resounding yes, but wanted to rile me up a little bit. Hey, what are friends for?

I began to talk about all the successes that I have had with coaching clients. I could see their eyes begin to glaze over.

It’s like reading people’s testimonials. Of course they are going to put the best ones up on their website. You don’t get to read about the failures.

I’ve had plenty of failures. It comes with the territory. I can’t help everyone; that would mean I was superman. I have superpowers, but I can’t fly faster than a speeding bullet.
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Find Happiness At Work With The Help of a Coach

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Michelle Stimpson

“Have you ever seen the movie, ‘Yes Man’ with Jim Carrey? Well, previously that was me,” said Lisa Schmidtke, owner of Able Deluxe and Able Deluxe Technologies. “In my business, I was feeling scattered and jumping on any opportunities that would come my way. I always said ‘yes’ to my customers and colleagues, out of fear—fear of the well running dry, fear of others not liking me, fear of another opportunity not showing up.”

As a Professional Coach, I work with women in business who are eager to invest in themselves and want to live a more balanced, joyful life. Lisa couldn’t have been in a more perfect spot for coaching! Thankfully, Lisa made a courageous move and sought out coaching, in service of being happier at work.

After our initial Discovery Session to get clear on the low-down of her life and her business, I realized that while Lisa enjoyed her role as a business owner and was passionate about the work she was doing, the bottom-line was that she was not happy. Lisa sensed that she needed a change when her self-proclaimed “crazy business practices” began to affect her family life.
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Who Won the Free Superpower Coaching Contest?

thank-you-whn-2I loved the idea of paying my readers back with a contest for 2 Free Superpower coaching sessions. I’m sorry that I couldn’t have picked everyone. The entries were very heartfelt and inspiring. Click here to read them. I can see that there is a lot of fear when it comes to taking a career to the next level. This is a big part of what makes up my superpowers. I was afraid to start my own business, but I’ve talked to the right people and learned a lot of tricks and good habits along the way.

It’s all about asking the right questions. If you can’t ask the right question, you’ll never get to the root of the problem. I had a coaching session with Katie of the Levity project that inspired me to help you. She made me dig into my heart by asking the right questions.
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Do You Need a Superpowers Coach? – $240 Contest Giveaway

thank-you-whn-2You help me wake up in the morning.

You empathize with my pain.

You are a friend.

You push me to improve.

You are simply amazing.

I am so excited that you are a part of Work Happy Now. Without you I wouldn’t be as happy as I am. I’m currently in the top 10% of happiest people on earth. I’m not sure how to prove that, but believe me I’m there.

Today I’m giving away two superpower coaching sessions to one lucky winner. That’s a $240 prize. No messing around about this offer.
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