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Archive entries for: Oct-2011

Thought for the day

Categories:  Life Balance and Wellbeing

When the Dali Lama was asked what surprised him the most about humanity he answered, "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money in order to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die and then he dies having never really lived."

How true!  I took the decision to get a better life balance a few years back and am so pleased I did.  I found myself planning and not living - no way to enjoy your existence.   

It's not always easy to keep on track however, I for one am committed to living more in the moment.  After all its called the present because it’s a gift!

It pays to be Happy!

Categories:  Life Balance and Wellbeing

With life becoming increasingly challenging and stressful the concept of “Happiness at Work” is fast becoming a hot bed of discussion.  The current economic challenges are just adding to the pressure as organisations ask their people to increase their productivity with seemingly little, or no additional reward.

So what is happiness at work and what can be done to create an environment where you have (in the lyrics of REM), 'shiny, happy people'?

If this all sounds a little 'fluffy' be aware there is increasingly more evidence emerging about the benefits of happiness and wellbeing.  A happier workforce is a healthier and more productive one.
With redundancies on the up and those who are left feeling more like mushrooms (kept in the dark and fed on bulls**t) it may be prudent to consider how you can engage and empower your people.  It could be the key differentiator between long term business success or ultimate failure.  It doesn't necessarily require a huge investment either.  After all happiness is just a state of mind isn't it?  Responsible employers will no doubt be doing much of what is required anyway.  A key factor is ensuring all systems, procedures and people are in tune with the values, culture and vision of the organisation.  The really successful organisations put people at the heart of everything they do.  

Promoting a healthy and happy business culture can result in...

  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Alleviated stress
  • Cultivation of an emotionally resilient workforce
  • Promotion of empowerment and personal responsibility
  • Engagement and retention of happy and healthy people

So it really can pay to be happy!

If you still need convincing join the team from The Learning Architect and a range of speakers and experts in this field at The “Happiness at Work” Conference 2011, which takes place at The Cotswold Conference Centre on 02 November.  The conference aims to raise awareness of the ways in which ‘happiness’ contributes to business success and sustainability.

Experience presentations from Modern Life Skills expert Liggy Webb, Motivational guru  Richard Denny and workplace wellness specialist Dr David Batman on the benefits of happiness including essential ideas and information and solid business evidence examples.

The cost?  Usually £195 plus VAT per delegate.  However, all my contacts can register at a reduced cost of £145 plus VAT.  You'll also have the satisfaction of knowing all profitable proceeds are being donated to the Action of Happiness registered charity.  

What is included?
• Key note presentations
• Interactive workshops
• Discussion groups
• Network and idea sharing
• 3 course lunch
• Refreshments
• A copy of ‘The Happy Handbook’
• A very positive experience!

Click this link for more details


To book your place call +44 (0)1242 700027 or email: info@thelearningarchitect.com Just quote my name for your discount.

Thought for the day

Categories:  Being on purpose

"I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honourable, to be compassionate.  It is after all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you have lived at all." (Leo C. Rosten)

So what have you done today that stands for something, or has made a difference?