The 3rd of the July is the day to celebrate, not the 4th of July, if you are British. But it could have been SO much better for the Americans if the Brits had won all those years ago. And this is why..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1YvJBwC4xQ However, the ad above was run by Newcastle Brown last year. And … Continue reading Happy Independence Eve, America from the Brits.
I have written a number of posts about the importance of happy staff. One of the favorites was Happy Staff. I run a business not a bloody holiday camp. We all spend too much time at work vs doing what we want and being who we want to be with. My pet saying is "Life … Continue reading Happiness has a Return on Investment
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to address those with clinical depression or other mental illnesses. There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it … Continue reading Why are some people happier (than you) – here are 22 reasons
Reprinted from The Daily Telegraph The pursuit of lasting happiness has long been a subject of interest for scientists and surveys alike. Scientists found positive moods reduced stress-related hormones and increased immune function. But what makes us really happy and what lasting benefits does happiness have? Well, earlier this month, scientists from the University of … Continue reading Happy people live longer – lucky bastards. #happy #successful
The Olympic Games is the biggest sporting event on the planet. With 26 sports, 10,500 athletes and millions of spectators, it’s going to be a busy summer. For those of you attending the Olympics this summer, Chuck Jones has put together some survival tips. Here is the main London spectator information website Stand on the … Continue reading Olympics survival tips
For those of us who spend time on the conference circuit, audience engagement is the holy grail. Sure, you can run through your slide deck and say your lines. That is what most presenters do. And that is why most conferences suck. It is a fire hose of information. The audience could have stayed at … Continue reading Engaging an audience – think – feel – do #presentation #inspired
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge (American 30th President of the United … Continue reading Persistence – the most under-rated attribute #bpm #success
Stage plays entertained Kings and Queens throughout the ages – and anyone else wealthy enough. Think about the film Shakespeare in Love. Playwrights were impoverished artists who did it for the love and recognition. They were the ultimate story tellers. Then came the film, with the first public screening of a film in 1895. The … Continue reading BPM – the movie. Could be a blockbuster #bpm #film #ebook
You can imagine that staff working in a sandwich shop can be happy, friendly - even quirky - and still get the job done. My favourite example is Pret a Manager where the staff genuinely seem to be enjoying themelves. Or the Innocent smoothie fruit guys whose wacky sense of humour spills out onto their … Continue reading Can business that is fun be taken seriously – like an airline? #happy #customerservice #bpm
Baseball is magic Early childhood memories are faint, but every boy can recall his first major-league baseball game. He can remember the score, who hit the home run, who pitched. But mostly he remembers his father. The smell of his aftershave is wrapped up in the smells of baseball – the freshly cut grass, the … Continue reading Baseball, fathers and sons. Magic
We had a long weekend break which took in Death Valley (amazing natural phenomena) and then Las Vegas (completely un-natural creation). Normally I hate Las Vegas. I don’t drink heavily, I am happily married, and I don’t gamble. As a regular speaker on the circuit, Las Vegas has a lot of conferences, so I’ve walked … Continue reading What does Las Vegas mean to you? #health #lifestyle #happy
Every day we make trade-offs. Time vs money. Work vs. life. Life is not a dress rehearsal and we only get one go at it. So the priorities we ascribe to things and the decisions we take are critical. You need a direction to help you make those decisions. Where is your compass pointed? Perhaps … Continue reading The issue isn’t time, it is your decisions #work-life
In the 1970s and 80s the drinks company made famous the phrase "Any time, any place, any where - it's a wonderful drink you can share, Martini" For the last 40 years the Martini stripes have been on motor racing winners, from Formula 1 to World Rallying. They have now moved on and their marketing … Continue reading Let’s toast the new world of work. Make mine a Martini.
Why is it that you leave your headphones for 2 minutes perfectly still and they still get tangled and knotted up? It is even worse if they are left in a bag. Now there is a simple 2 step solution to make you all happy, brought to you by the designers of the 5-pencil iPad … Continue reading The free MUST-HAVE accessory for iPad. Earphones that don’t tangle #ipad #iphone
A recent Forrester survey has determined that most organisations are not ready for sustainable BPM. But at the same time the research says that the most successful organisations "Develop and maintain flawless operational execution" which has processes at its core. So what companies waiting for? Perhaps 01/01/2012 so they can make their corporate New Year's … Continue reading Survey says “you are not ready”, which actually means “get started” #BPM