I was watching the Jim Carrey movie, 'Yes, Man', and it really got me thinking… At one point in my life I was very much a 'Yes, Girl.'
It was so important to me that I be thought of as 'nice' that I would say 'yes' to almost anything I was asked. Once I said 'yes' I would almost always mentally kick myself because I really wished that I had said 'no.'
I always kept my word...yet that would often result in putting my own needs aside in order to take care of the needs, wants, or desires of someone else.
I often wished for a way to say 'no' in a nice way.
One day, I got my…
by Anthony Lee
Many people enjoy sports. Whatever the game is, there is excitement from watching a competition, cheering for favorite athletes and teams, and even playing recreationally. But even if you do not watch or play sports, there is no denying that they have a profound effect on us, because they demonstrate the power of the human body and spirit.
Interestingly, sports also teach us lessons applicable to life. I’d like to share teachings from the sports world that I believe are very helpful.
A win or loss does not guarantee the same outcome forever.
There is exhilaration…
by Janet Choi
Ever feel discouraged that you’re not great at something?
It’s a feeling I know all too well, from going through the mental marathon that is law school into the crashing legal job market and then embarking on a new path in the startup world. I was constantly frustrated, feeling like I never had a handle on what I was doing, always standing at the bottom of a mountain looking up at a depressingly steep learning curve.
It turns out that’s exactly the type of attitude that keeps you from climbing the mountain. According to social psychologist Carol Dweck, it’s much…
by Javier Munoz
People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou
How do you define a WOW customer experience?
When a customer experiences WOW, you are giving them a pleasant surprise. You are exceeding their expectations. You are addressing their needs thoughtfully and in unexpected ways. It is an expression of your authentic interest in the person who seeks your services, not just in the transaction. It is about making enduring personal emotional connections with empathy, generosity, and gratitude.…
by Svetlana Saitsky
To be a leader is to be interested and interesting.
To be a great leader is to be inspired and inspiring.
To be an iconic leader is to be fascinating and genuinely fascinated while empowering and gaining empowerment from all the great leaders that surround you.
True leaders see magic in people all around them; they are open to it, realizing that there is always something new to learn.
We all have gifts. Some of us know it, some do not. Sometimes it takes an article to awaken us. Other times, a person, movie, or a simple moment -- perhaps a smile from a stranger…
by Marilyn Tam
Unhappiness among workers in America is costing a shocking $300 billion per year in lost productivity, Gallup-Healthways estimates. The recent Well-Being Index shows that Americans are increasingly unhappy with their jobs and work environments. When people aren't happy with their jobs or their employers, they don't show up consistently, they produce less, and the quality of their work suffers. A 2011 Harvard Business Review article stated that the level of happiness has a profound impact on workers' creativity, productivity, commitment and collegiality.
You (as well as your…
by Corey Michael Blake and David Cohen, co-founders of Round Table Companies
At Round Table Companies (RTC), we live by seven core values:
Brilliance is what we strive for in our work.
Love is how we lead.
Honesty is what we infuse into our conversations.
Momentum drives our process.
Community is who we serve.
Growth is what we are all accountable to.
And then there is joy. Joy is what we sell.
You can feel it on our website. You can read it in the tone of our communication. And you can hear it in the voices of our clients when they talk about their RTC adventure.
Fall is my absolute favorite season, but along with the gorgeous foliage and pumpkin spice lattes, it also seems to always bring an uptick in my work load. Deadlines become both more pressing and more voluminous, and my stress level rises in response. Weeks seem to get longer as the days grow shorter, and I find myself really stretching to maintain my generally positive demeanor... usually by about 3pm on Thursday. Over the years, in an attempt to preserve my happiness, I developed a few simple tricks for those super-tough weeks at work:
If you know you're going to have…
by Javier Munoz
Co-founder conflict is one of the leading causes of startup failure. While there are many causes for conflict the one that is most evident is the lack of alignment on values, purpose, and expectations between co-founders. This is critical since the way decisions are made is entirely dictated by this alignment.
The conversations needed to achieve this alignment between founders seldom take place. Co-founders are too busy trying to build something that people want, which is already an ambitious goal in its own right, and part of the art of entrepreneurship. However, I am a…
by Jake Richardson
Recently a survey of just over 1,000 Americans about hand washing found that 70% of the respondents said they rinsed their hands without using soap when using work and public restrooms. When people don't wash their hands properly, it is more likely they can pick up and transmit germs. Hand washing is one of the most important things we can to avoid getting sick and to not spread germs, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
It's hard to be happy when you are sick, so regular hand washing is actually an important health practice that is also related to happiness.…