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Everyday Happiness

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Happiness Principles

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HOW TO BECOME AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE FOR PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION (VIDEO)

387 words of content, but it’s mostly about the pictures. Approximate reading time: 1.5 minutes, and a 9-minute video for later, in which you’ll learn how to change a habit and build a confident body. And isn’t your Happiness worth it? This newsletter speaks to Leadership, Happiness, and Coaching in your life and work. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ I. SOMETHING DIFFERENT Grow Your …

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Read more articles like this one in: Communication, Executive Coaching, Happiness, Leadership

STUFF YOUR STOCKING WITH YEAR-END GIFTS!

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ STOCKING STUFFERS Like the little gifts stuffed into Christmas stockings or given to children for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, this month offers a wide assortment of challenges and sweets   ANNUAL RE-RECRUITMENT Special year-end reminder to leaders and managers: don’t forget that employee engagement is driven by conversation that helps people feel connected to their work and to the organization. …

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Read more articles like this one in: Executive Coaching, Happiness, Leadership

DO THE HOLIDAYS MAKE YOU STRESSED? FOCUS ON THE GIVING.

Do The Holidays Make You Stressed? Next week in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday rooted in our agricultural past, when all would gather to give thanks for a good harvest that would see the community through a harsh winter. I confess that, for all the holiday’s focus on gratitude, I am not a fan of Thanksgiving. When …

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Read more articles like this one in: Happiness, Happiness Tips, Leadership, Practicing Happiness

What Are You Planting for Your Future?

Reflecting on a Transition In January I will celebrate my 20th anniversary as a business owner. Before becoming a solopreneur and The Executive Happiness Coach(r), I spent 20 years as a leader in the corporate space, so I’ve called myself “a recovering corporate executive.” As I shift toward having more time OUT than IN the corporate space, it’s time to abandon …

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Read more articles like this one in: Executive Coaching, In the workplace, Leadership

What You Expect You Get; Do You Get It?

A Story About Leadership I’m currently working with three clients who, in different ways and for different reasons, are working to improve their organization’s Performance Management systems. The three cultures differ dramatically, as do the issues that need addressing. Yet a common issue has emerged at all three: we need to do a better job of setting expectations. Attention to expectations is …

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Read more articles like this one in: Communication, Executive Coaching, Happiness, Leadership

ARE YOU LISTENING TO WHAT YOU SAY?

Story:  I’m sitting in a coffee shop, writing.  Background music creates a white noise, masking multiple streams of conversation I only half-notice from within my envelope of concentration. Whenever a new customer walks in, the bright-eyed, caffeinated barista asks, “How are you this morning?” Most respond with a simple “fine,” or “okay.”  Some brave a “great!” or the oft-obvious “I …

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Read more articles like this one in: Everyday Happiness, Executive Coaching, Happiness Tips, Practicing Happiness

Why Should Your Boss Care If You’re Happy?

Happiness is Noticed for its Absence… Picture this: I am sitting in a room with a leadership team who are frustrated with high levels of behavior often associated with employee disconnection: turnover, absenteeism, gossip, backbiting, lack of discretionary effort, cliquishness, zero input during meetings, constant griping about even the tiniest things, and a pervasive sense of overwhelm. They “admire the problem” …

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Read more articles like this one in: Happiness Tips, In the workplace, Leadership

A Happiness Reading List for Beach or Business

It’s the first full day of summer… and aren’t you excited about the long, warm summer evenings ahead, where the evenings are long and breezy and you can sit on your porch with some cool lemonade and a good book? (or in my case, iced coffee or dark beer, and my iPad!)
To help you focus on some great reads, I’m sharing my 12th annual compilation. Click on the link above to go to the blog and learn more.

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Happiness Tips, Practicing Happiness

Happiness Is Wanting What You Have

Back to Basics – What is Happiness? For my 150th newsletter I decided to revisit a basic: what is it?  When I deliver a keynote talk on Happiness I start by asking, “How do YOU define happiness?” Once audience members share their ideas, I offer two definitions I favor: One is from the dictionary:  Happiness, hap-ee-nis, n. the quality or …

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Read more articles like this one in: About Happiness, Happiness Tips, Practicing Happiness

BEING KIND IS GOOD FOR YOU

I sense so much tension in the world, today.  I know that there have been times in human history when conflict was uglier and more violent, and that, statistically speaking, the world has never been safer; and yet… The ugliness that exists today feels so pervasively personal. Internet trolls have affected our ability to have civil discourse, even about important …

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Read more articles like this one in: Happiness, Happiness Tips, Leadership, Relationships

Jim’s coaching clients say …

I experienced some very significant, career changing achievements in the first few months of my coaching with Jim. Until then, I had been under-achieving. The coaching gave me the boost that I needed to get over the bar necessary to make progress in my career. I remember my Dad saying to me, ‘I wish I was just 10% smarter. It would make such a big difference.’ Coaching has made me 10% smarter, and it has made a big difference. Coaching helped me to be more positive about myself and my capabil… Read more
Ed Britton, ChinaCoach, Executive Directory, Tianjiao Institute, Fujian Province, China

Jim’s keynote/speaking clients say …

You are such a good person and I want you to know that you are very appreciated. Everyone enjoyed the morning with you, and your message is always well received. Thanks so much for giving of your time and helping people learn the secrets of happiness.
Bonnie Dick, Career Counselor

Jim’s mentor coaching clients say …

The value that you are adding to my learning is perhaps one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced as a student. Thank you for coaching me and allowing me to observe the forest! You brought my emotions and my body to coaching, which opened the door for a real transformation and to embody ontological coaching! In my development plan I went through each competency and realized that you left a fingerprint in a journey that I hope will lead me to mastery. Thanks for being my excellent mentor co… Read more
Orit Ramler Szulik, North Carolina, USA

Jim’s clients on happiness …

The thing I like best about coaching with Jim is his ability to transfer an optimism, to create ‘mental space’ in the course of our sessions. I could pretty much count on leaving a call with a very positive, forward looking attitude regardless of my mood going in which basically transformed my entire day!
Chris Knight, CFO

Jim’s clients say …

I have been experiencing super empowering sessions with you (hurray!). I wish my teachers were as great and positive as you are, in giving constructive/appreciative feedback the way you just did it.”
Ilana Acchoti, United Kingdom