Tag: Positive Psychology

Maverick!

Filed in The Reading Room by on September 23, 2013 0 Comments

By Ricardo Semler

Picture of author Ricardo SemlerIf there’s one time I can’t resist reading a book it’s when somebody says that reading it changed their life.  I feel compelled to rush out immediately and get it so that I too can share in its life-changing wisdom.  I have yet to find a book that has had the same effect on me as it had on the one recommending it, however, I live in hope.  So it was inevitable that when Henry Stewart of Happy Ltd uttered those words in his book,  “The Happy Manifesto”, about “Maverick” that I would read it.

True to form I can’t say that it changed my life, however, it was a really interesting read and I would certainly recommend it both to those who are interested in applying principles of positive psychology to the workplace and to dissenters who do not believe it is possible to create a commercially successful business unless profit is king.

Ricardo Semler took over  Semco,  a Brazilian company, from his father in 1980 and has transformed it from a company run on a traditional command and control management style into an organisation which places employee participation and democracy at its very heart.  This transformation is all the more incredible when you taken into account the corruption, rampant inflation and the stranglehold of the unions on Brazilian industry during this time. Continue Reading »

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Beginning with the end in mind

Filed in Blog by on August 7, 2013 4 Comments

cropped-cropped-dsc02313-e1377250704362.jpgStephen Covey was absolutely spot on with his second habit of highly effective people when he said that they should begin with the end in mind.  It sounds so simple and yet it can be so hard to do in reality.  Take me for instance – I have been struggling for the past few hours to work out exactly why I am writing this blog for you.  What can I possibly offer you that hasn’t already been covered by far more eminently qualified people in the field of positive psychology than me?  In terms of ground-breaking academic research the honest answer is nothing.  But then I don’t suppose that is why you read a blog.  What I can offer, is to share with you my personal journey to a flourishing life and to introduce you to my fellow travellers along the way.  I hope that you will be able to join me for a short while at least and that en route you may find some inspiration and practical ideas that you can apply to your own life. Continue Reading »

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