Friday, November 28, 2008

The happiest Christmas tree song :-)

Yuppy, the WEIHNACHTSMARKT (Christmas Market) is LIVEEEE! And right under my window. So I had my share last night ;-)): Eierpunsch (egg punch), Schmalzkuchen (small donuts), etc.

Though don't plan to write about Christmas for now but couldn't prevent myself for sharing THE HAPPIEST CHRISTMAS TREE song (from Nat Cole)....maybe cause it contains the word "happiest". So enjoy!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Happy Season Begins


First snow in Hannover yesterday (picture from my terrace). A lovely evening! I guess it was even more beautiful as we live in the old city so it was pretty romantic to see the snow falling on the old houses...maybe the hot Gl├╝hwein (wine with cinnamon, blueberries & honey) also helped ;-)

As I love Christmas time very very much I already feel pretty happy and I know many of you feel like that also, especially as we are more open, warm, peaceful, generous, friendly and gentle during this time. We'll all try to find the perfect gifts, hope to have a nice time with our families, to find them well when we go home, to see their happy faces when they'll open the gifts, to sing Christmas carols and eat mum's goodies :-)

Well there are still some weeks until Christmas so in between think about the fact that there are still people in need around you who you may want to help, even wanted to do it but never had time. So try planning HOW to bring some happiness for them also. It may be a cliche that people think about charity only around Christmas but I tend to believe that we think MORE about it at this time because we are happier now than during the year. So we do feel that it is even more unfair that others won't have a Christmas dinner, won't get any gifts or even spend the nights on the streets. That's why we try to be more generous at this time. So before buying another toy for your kid, that may land in a corner after one day, just buy a nice blanket and give it to a poor person. I loved it to share things as a kid, so I am sure your kid will feel like that also.

Pretty many thoughts related to happymaking and winter time. Anyway I suppose more posts will come...all related to Christmas, happiness, family, giving and nice and warm feelings :-)

For my friends in Bucharest: don't forget to pay a visit to the orphans in Valea Plopului:-)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Adding some flavor to your job


A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how spending a weekend with my books inspired my work strongly (in my case were books about India and understanding Indian culture better...don't know how I ended up learning Jana Gana Mana...maybe cause Tagore wrote the lyrics)...anyway as I work with Indian colleagues I find this pretty helpful and very interesting.

So my point today: if you want to add some flavor to your job, understand your business better, perform better and finally be pleased with what you learned and also happier then here are some sources to be considered:
  • culture: pick a colleague, see where he's from and learn about his or hers culture. Not only you'll understand him better but you'll also have some topics to discuss (also your interest may honor him and make him happy :-)))))...and you'll be smarter, etc etc
  • what kind of job roles do your colleagues have? Find our more about them. It doesn't have to be a well planned job rotation. Just ask some questions here and there; it should give you a better understanding on processes, on the problems they are facing and how these could impact your work, etc etc. And this may also give you some ideas on how to improve your work or see it from a different perspective (we are not the center of the universe after all :-))
  • check the news and some reports from market intelligence, knowing what the competition does really help in terms of finding ideas and knowing how to fight back
  • if you still look for unique ways on how to solve problems check other industries, other countries, other economies. There are lessons to be learned everywhere! Ideas also!
So don't wait for somebody to tell you what to look for! Just open your eyes (this time not with them closed :-)) and pick something ;-)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Chief Happiness Officer


So yesterday one of you sent me the link to a Chief Happiness Officer's blog :-). Alex Kjerulf is the world’s leading expert on happiness at work (more help for my cause :-) ). He has long known that happiness at work is the most important factor that contributes to good careers, happy lives and business success.

He is (additional to his CHO position :-) )a speaker, consultant and author, presenting and conducting workshops on happiness at work at businesses and conferences all over the world. His previous clients include companies like Hilton, DaimlerChrysler and IBM (didn't know that :) ...yet)

Alex is the author of Happy Hour is 9 to 5 - How to Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Kick Butt at Work. The book has been extremely well received all over the world. David Maister called it “very, very good” and “extremely well written.” But the praise that Alex appreciates the most came from Anna Farmery, who said that “reading the book makes me happy and gives me faith that we can create great workplaces.”

More you can find on his web page POSITIVESHARING (books recommendation, tips, funny photos and of course contacts in case you plan to have him deliver a short training at your company).

Two thumbs up to Alex!