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Happiness all around the world

I am back after a 17-day trip to 4 different countries.

The trip started in Surinam, a small country just north of Brazil. Together with one of our Dutch partners, Gea Peper of The Happiness Bureau, I did a workshop for an HR network.

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Surinam is currently facing an economic crisis, so we focused especially on how to create happiness at work in tough times. We were also guests on a Surinamese TV show called Panorama.

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After that Gea and I flew on to Curacao in the Caribbean where we did another workshop for HR leaders.2016-10-14-16-48-40

The workshop ended with balloons :) We also did an interview with Dolfijn FM who have their studio right on the beach. Awesome! And of course there was time for a little bit of sightseeing. Curaco used to be a Dutch colony, so the capital Willemstad basically looks like Amsterdam in the Caribbeans.

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From curacao I flew to New York City, where I met up with my awesome coworker Arlette to lead our 4th international Woohoo Inc Academy.

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9 wonderful people from different US companies had signed up for the 3-day Academy and as far as we can tell from their feedback, everyone had a blast and learned a lot. The Academy included a visit to Next Jump, one of the happiest workplaces we know, and some sightseeing, including a guided tour of Grand Central Terminal and a cruise on the East River.

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And following that I flew to Dubai to speak at the 18th Global Women in Leadership Forum, where I did the opening keynote on day 2 and particularly made the point that if we want to create happier workplaces, we need more women in leadership positions.

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And then I flew home. My internal clock is so fried, I’m not even sure I have jetlag at all.

But I’m also incredibly encouraged to once again have had the chance to spread the gospel of happiness at work in some new countries and to find so many like-minded people all over the world who agree that this is an incredibly important topic that businesses need to act on.

In fact, this trip brings the total number of countries we’ve spoken in to 41. Here’s the complete list:

  1. Antigua
  2. Bahamas
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Chile
  5. Croatia
  6. Curaçao
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Denmark
  9. Dominican Republic
  10. Estonia
  11. France
  12. Germany
  13. Greenland
  14. Guatemala
  15. Iceland
  16. India
  17. Ireland
  18. Italy
  19. Japan
  20. Israel
  21. Kuwait
  22. Luxembourg
  23. Netherlands
  24. Norway
  25. Poland
  26. Portugal
  27. Romania
  28. Russia
  29. Serbia
  30. Slovakia
  31. Slovenia
  32. South Africa
  33. Spain
  34. Sri Lanka
  35. Suriname
  36. Sweden
  37. ?Switzerland
  38. Turkey
  39. United Arab Emirates
  40. United Kingdom
  41. USA

Join the Woohoo Academy in Copenhagen or NYC

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We have just announced the next two Woohoo Academies, which take place:

  • June 21-24 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • October 18-21 2016 in New York City, US

We have held 2 editions of the Woohoo Academy already, one in Copenhagen and one in Prague. It’s our 3-day intensive, in-depth training for anyone who wants to learn all about happiness at work.

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Here’s what participants said about the training:

The Woohoo Academy was, without a doubt, the best training I have ever experienced (and I’ve participated in many trainings). It was very well organized, and provided the latest research, practical strategies and opportunities to engage in many meaningful experiential activities.

– Danielle, Canada

I have attended many motivational and leadership courses over the past 20 years and never came out with so much clarity as after this course. It was interesting with so many nationalities, experiences and angles to the same topic. The value vs time spend for me was immense as my entire organisation over 100 people will benefit directly.

– Monika, Czech Republic

My main reason for going to the course was to got a broader perspective on happiness at work. I wanted to learn more about the theory behind joy, people, work, meaning and succes in businesses. The course gave me a lot of confidence on this topic and I’m convinced that within a copple of years this will be a very important part of leading a business.

– Tamara, Netherlands

The training is for:

  • External consultants who want to build a business delivering happiness trainings to clients
  • HR staff, managers and internal facilitators who want to get the knowledge and tools to make their organization happier

For us, the Academy is a huge pleasure too. It lets us take a deep dive into many of the things we’ve learned about happiness at work over the years, which we find incredibly fascinating, but which we rarely get a chance to share because it goes into more depth than most of our clients need.

Read all about the Woohoo Academy and sign up here.

Announcing the next Woohoo Academy: February 16-19 2016 in NYC

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From the Academy in Copenhagen, June 2015

We have just announced the next Woohoo Academy, which takes place on February 16-19 2016 in NYC.

The Academy is our in-depth 3-day training where we share the latest research and practice for creating happier workplaces.

The Academy is both for external consultants who want to build a business making their clients’ workplaces happier and for internal change agents (HR staff, managers, facilitators) who want tools to make their own organization happy.

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Participants LOVED the previous trainings. Here’s a sample comment:

The Woohoo Academy was, without a doubt, the best training I have ever experienced (and I’ve participated in many trainings).

It was very well organized, and provided the latest research, practical strategies and opportunities to engage in many meaningful experiential activities.

– Danielle Forth, Canada

Read all about it and sign up here.

Join the Woohoo Academy in Copenhagen on June 16-19

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10 people have already signed up for he first Woohoo Academy training, which will take place on June 16-19 in Copenhagen – and which will be awesome :)

The training is meant for:

  • HR staff, managers and internal facilitators who want to get a real understanding of how to create a happy workplace.
  • Members of the Woohoo Partner Program who want to develop their knowledge and skills.

Read all about it and sign up here.