Success or Happiness?

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Do you want to be successful or happy?

Are you successful so you feel happy? Our society leads us to think that success and happiness are the same things. But are we sure that success is the way for happiness? You can be a very sucessful person without being happy and you can also be happy although you have not attained any position, honor or power yet.

Stuff and status can be not enough to feel happy. If you are looking for your personal fullfillment success might not be the right answer.

Up to Sarah Vermut how you personally define success and how you personally define happiness is entirely up to you. but you must recognize the difference!

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Success or happiness

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Boxing with your time

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Time management is the hardest challenge of our everyday life. Because of multitasking we often struggle to focus on a single task and to well accomplish that.

Timeboxing is a special approach to time management. It consists in setting a certain ammount of your time in completing a task. Once the time is over, you must switch to another task. This approach forces you to be more efficient in order to accomplish the task before the end of the time available.

Timeboxing can be used to schedule your day but also with your team. It can b every useful in order to avoid distractions and keep the focus on waht you are doing.

This article describes this innovative approach in time management.

Boxing with time

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Delegation & Responsibility

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The Diplo calendar 2015 realized by Stefano Baldi and Ed Gelbstein presents a selection of the wisdom accumulated by humanity over the centuries that has stood the test of time and remains as valid as ever. The hope is that it will inspire you and lead you to explore the thoughts of the people who in one way or another have changed human history for the better .

For the month of July the selected quotation is by Byron Dorgan (b. 1942) – Former U.S. Senator for North Dakota, author of several books about politics and money.

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What Coaching Really Is

Originally posted on Blanchard LeaderChat:

Free Advice Chalk IllustrationA friend called me recently to get some help with a work situation that was driving her crazy.  “Do you want advice or do you want me to coach you?” I asked.

“Aren’t they the same thing?” she replied.

No.  They aren’t.

Coaching—or what you might know as Life, Business, Executive, or Leadership Coaching—has been around for about 30 years now.  Although many people understand generally what it is, there are still some misconceptions out there.  So what’s the difference between getting advice and getting coached?

The main difference is this: it’s not a coach’s job to give advice. No coach is smart enough or has the depth and breadth of knowledge to give perfect advice all the time.  Truth is, most people don’t want advice.  Even when the person being coached says “Tell me what you think I should do,” nobody really wants to be told what to do.

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Working hours and quality of time

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Reducing working hours can be good for productivity? Economists have suspected it for some time: with higher working hours labour output per hour would fall. The number of working hours is not what matters. Rather, it’s the quality of your time and effort that drives success.

But working less and accomplishing more is not easy. Innovation, creativity, time management are your best allies. Micha Kaufman, Internet entrepreneur, in his article on Forbes suggests 10 Tips to work less and accomplish more:

  1. Have two computers, one for work and one for play;
  2. Being productive is impossible if you are not at your best;
  3. Hear your favorite tunes;
  4. Work nice with others;
  5. Love your to do lists;
  6. Take a break;
  7. Reduce the noise;
  8. Love your job or leave it;
  9. Recharge your batteries
  10. At some point just stop.

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Be a better leader, have a richer life

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Stewart Friedman, in his book Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life argues that leadership in business cannot be merely about business anymore: it has to be about life as a whole.

The purpose of Total Leadership is to improve performance at work, at home, in the community, and for the private self (mind, body, spirit) by creating mutual value among these four life domains, to produce what he calls “four-way wins”.

Friedman explains how three simple principles can help to become a better leader and have a richer life.

  • Be real: act with authenticity by clarifying what’s important
  • Be whole: act with integrity by respecting the whole person
  • Be innovative: act with creativity by experimenting with how things get done

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