Some of the world’s most successful business leaders believe strongly in having fun and being happy at work.
Check out these quotes:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you havenít found it yet, keep looking. Donít settle.”
– Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple
“Work should always be fun for all colleagues. We all only have one life. A third of life is work. Without desire and fun, work becomes hell.”
– Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA
“Each individual should work for himself. People will not sacrifice themselves for the company. They come to work at the company to enjoy themselves.???
– Soichiro Honda, founder of (surprise!) Honda
“Fun is at the core of the way I like to do business and it has been the key to everything Iíve done from the outset. More than any other element, fun is the secret of Virginís success.???
– Richard Branson, founder of Virgin
Saaaaaay… maybe there’s something to this happiness at work thing after all :o)
4 thoughts on “Some famous leaders on happiness at work”
ok, I can see Branson, but didn’t Jobs …and doesn’t he…have a repuation for what your friend bob sutton would call a you know what?
Something interesting that i’ve found is that usually the higher up you go in a company (Founder, CEO) the nicer the people are.
Malcolm has a point. Jobs is categorised as an asshole several times in the ‘No Assholes Rule’ you reviewed on the 13th Feb. The are some interesting issues here. Jobs may be very happy with his work but is giving many of his people a hard time in the process. ..but reading between the lines of the quotes of Apple employees that sutton uses, it seems that they get som sort of masochistic pleasure out of the experience. I’ve often come across people that only appear to be happy if thay have something/someone to complain about. Have you come across this sort of ‘happiness’ in your research.