Category Archives: Leadership

Leadership is an insanely important discipline. Here you’ll find the thought, tools and tricks of the trade of great leaders.

Harness the power of a positive mission – my interview with Ynzo van Zanten

Can a company do good in the world AND achieve profits and growth at the same time?

Tony’s Chocolonely is proof that this is not only possible, it’s good for employees, consumers, the bottom line and the world.

I could not be happier with how this Heartcount webinar went – Ynzo is such a great evangelist for a good cause.

Learn from Ynzo van Zanten exactly how your company can harness the power of a positive mission. You can also learn about Tony’s baby bonus – I’d never heard of that idea before and it’s AWESOME!

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How to create a happy workplace in ANY industry

Whenever we talk about happy workplaces, a lot of the conversation tends to be about big US corporations with huge budgets like Google, Zappos or Southwest Airlines.

But happiness is possible in (nearly) any industry and in any country.

That’s why I was so excited to talk to Nicolás González Restrepo for our latest Heartcount webinar and learn how the company Contento BPS S.A in Colombia creates a happy culture for their 2,000 people – even in a Latin American machismo culture and even though their main business is as a call center for debt collections.

Learn how they created a great culture and how it helped improve absenteeism, employer brand and financial results.

And if they can do it, what’s your company’s excuse? :)

Free Webinar March 25: Work after COVID

What should your workplace learn from COVID-19?

As the world is getting to grips with COVID-19, it’s time to look forward. Will we just go back to our old work habits or are there things we can learn from the pandemic to make our workplaces better, happier, safer and more productive?

In this Heartcount webinar I’ll talk to Rich Sheridan, CEO and Chief Storyteller of Menlo Innovation and the author of Joy Inc and Chief Joy Officer. We’ll hear about what Rich’s company Menlo Innovations learned from the pandemic and share some insights from other great organizations.

Sign up here.

The Cult Of Overwork

60-hour workweeks (or more!) kill people. That seems bad and we should probably stop it. In this video I explain how we get back to or even below 40 hours of work a week.

References from the videos

CNN’s article on “The Secrets Of Greatness.

Jack Ma and the 996 Rule.

Working hours in different countries.

The first org chart.

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, by Juliet B. Schor.

The Industrial Revolution In Manchester.

Rutger Bregmann: Utopia For Realists.

Tom Markert: You Can’t Win A Fight With Your Boss.

HBR: Long Hours Backfire For People And For Companies.

Long working hours hurt cognitive performance.

John Pencavel: Productivity for WW1 Munitions Workers.

Overtime in game developers doesn’t work.

Why Crunch Mode doesn’t work.

Negative Health Effects Of Overwork.

Very few people can get by on less than 7 hours of sleep.

Gender bias in overwork cultures.

Men pretend to work 80-hours weeks.

What’s really holding women Back.

People overestimate their working hours.

People underestimate health risks of overwork.

Yvon Chouinard’s work days.

Fred Gratzon: The Lazy Way To Success.

Henrik Rosendahl’s work days.

There are some career benefits to overwork.

Interview with Rich Sheridan at Menlo.

Richard Sheridan: Joy Inc.

Knowledge Workers Are More Productive From Home.

Longer school days do not lead to better academic outcomes.

Homework does not help students.

Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule debunked again.

Hazing reinforces hierarchy, conformity and discipline.

Benjamin Hunnicutt: Kellogg’s Six-Hour Day.

European Union – right to disconnect law.

Universal Basic Income Explained.

Valve’s employee handbook.

US workers don’t take all their vacation days.

30-hour work week at Toyota Center Gothenburg.

 

Trump or Biden – who’s the better boss?

We all know how their policies differ, but how are Trump and Biden different as bosses? And who would you rather work for?

References from the video:

Alfie Kohn – “No Contest : The Case Against Competition”

Philip Rucker and Carol Loennig – “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America”

Npr interview with Philip Rucker and Carol Loennig

Biden swears in staff

Lindsey Graham on Joe Biden

 

How CEO Garry Ridge keeps the WD-40 organization happy in spite of COVID-19

How does an organisation get through a huge crisis like COVID-19 safely and happily?

Garry Ridge is company Chairman and CEO at world-famous brand WD-40. I bet you have a can of WD-40 somewhere in your home! He is also a leader who has spent his career creating a culture where people can be happy and do great work together.

In this webinar, he shares how he does that and how he has lead WD-40 through tough times like the COVID-19 crisis.

Free webinar June 30: Leadership in the time of COVID with Garry Ridge and WD-40

How does an organisation get through a huge crisis like COVID-19 safely and happily?

Garry Ridge is company Chairman and CEO at world-famous brand WD-40. I bet you have a can of WD-40 somewhere in your home? He is also a leader who has spent his career creating a culture where people can be happy and do great work together.

In this webinar, he will share how he does that and how he has lead WD-40 through tough times like the COVID-19 crisis.

Sign up right here.

Video: How to keep your workplace happy despite COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken workplaces in so many ways. Remote work, social distancing, and staying home is the new normal. Companies are affected, and many of them switched to “survival mode”, trying to keep their business afloat.

In the video above I talk to to visionary CEOs about how they handled the COVID-19 crisis and how to maintain your company culture and keep your employees happy in spite of COVID-19:

If you want more information on Menlo Innovation you should read Rich’s book Joy Inc. Sasa hasn’t written a book yet, but he mentions using Heartcount to measure workplace happiness and check in with employees and you can read all about it here. You can even try it free for 3 months in your organization.

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