Happiness Evangelist

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Choice and Success

Successful people have a sense of gratitude, forgive others and exude joy.

They give other people credit for their victories and accept responsibility for their failures.

I see many ‘successful’ people and this makes my heart glad.


The choices that we make define our success.

Conscious choices and not automatic responses.

   A Choice to be happy.

   A  Choice to be humble.

   A Choice to be human.

 Let us exercise our choices wisely for: Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made. (Wayne Dyer)



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The interconnectedness of the world is well established.

A volcano on the other side of the planet can create acid rain where we are.

A war in one country can cause a food or energy shortage in another.

On a personal level, our behavior has an impact on everybody we interact with and creates a wave that ripples far beyond what we might believe or imagine possible.

At home, at work and in all social interactions, we not only affect the people in our immediate surroundings, we impact on the entire world.

That is why it’s so important to treat one another with kindness, courtesy and respect.

Let us cultivate the kind of attitude that is worth sharing and emulating.

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Leadership With a S.M.I.L.E.

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. ~ John F Kennedy

The rules of leadership and power have changed considerably and for the better.

Social psychologists John R P French and Bertram Raven talk of five forms of power: Coercive, Reward, Legitimate, Referent, and Expert. This was followed by Raven’s identification of a sixth separate and distinct base of power: Informational.

Successful, collaborative leaders use:

ª       referent power (ability to be looked up to as a role model)

ª       expert power (ability to administer to another information, knowledge or expertise)

ª       informational power (organizing, utilising and sharing information)

There are 5 simple strategies, according to Jeremy Carter, Leadership Advisor, to grow collaborative leadership power bases. Remember the acronym S.M.I.L.E.:

  1. Bring your Smile and a positive attitude to work with you every day
  2. Go the extra Mile above & beyond and help others whenever you can
  3. Share your Ideas and learnings with colleagues
  4. Share the Love – appreciate (in public if possible) when appropriate
  5. Be responsible for your own Education and organise your learnings

All of this means that we make a commitment to excellence in all that we do, for leadership is a verb, not a noun. 

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The R.O.A.D. to effective talent

Talent management is about getting the right people in the right jobs doing the right things.

Steven Hunt (Director of Business Transformation, Success Factors) in his paper on Common-sense Talent Management talks about 12 fundamental principles for effective talent management to increase workplace productivity.


Critical to create any sustainable change in employee behaviour. They represent the R.O.A.D. to creating a fully productive workforce.

  1. RESPECT Employees
  2. Clarify OBJECTIVES
  3. Increase AWARENESS
  4. CreateDIALOGUE


  1. Maintain Accountability
  2. Integrate Development Into Work
  3. Provide a Picture of High Performance
  4. Give Employees Visibility to One Another.
  5. Support People at Different Phases of Career Growth.
  6. Evaluate Potential and Experience
  7. Help People Figure Out What They Want
  8. Create Processes that Strategically Engage People’s Attention.

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In 1989, Robert Zajonc, a social psychologist published a study on the emotional effect of producing a smile. Volunteers were asked to repeat certain vowel sounds that forced their faces into a variety of different expressions. The sounds were grouped so that some would force the facial characteristics of a smile such as a long “e”. Others were geared toward facial characteristics that tended toward dissatisfaction such as a long “u”. The results were remarkable: those who made the motions associated with smiling reported feeling better than those that made motions associated with dissatisfaction. (Emotion and Facial Efference: A Theory Reclaimed by Robert B. Zajonc)   


  1. MAKES YOU HAPPY. The simple act of smiling sends a message to the brain that you’re happy, triggering the release of feel-good endorphins. It boosts your immune system by improving general feelings of well-being.
  2. MAKES OTHERS HAPPY. A smile is contagious: it reflects on the face of the other and another and so on. A smile is compelling, drawing people into the warmth of the smile. In the words of Louis Armstong: When you are smiling the whole world smiles with you

 Let us all, therefore, make a conscious choice to SMILE FOR HAPPINESS 🙂 🙂