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Do we give our people H.O.P.E.? The Annual Great Place to Work ® Conference was held in Dallas, US in April 2015. Putting together for you, ten take-aways from the conference. Where do we stand? What distance do we need to cover?  – It’s Personal, Not “Perk”-onal “The real core of a Great Place to Work® are the relationships that people have with each other. Google is a great example of this. Virtually every perk they offer is matched by someone else in Silicon

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Instilling Pride

How do we create and build pride among our teams? P – Provide a positive work environment “The climate created by the leader their direct reports predicted the business performance of the entire organization. In 75% of the cases, climate alone sorted companies into high versus low profits and growth.” (Daniel Goleman, in his book, “Primal Leadership”). Let us build an environment where we are mindful of our people. An environment where we are attentive to the

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In Feb 2015, a random sample of 200 Happiest Minds participated in an Employee Health and Well-being Survey organized by Chestnut Global Partners. The objective of the survey was to gain insight into the work perception and well being of our people, reflected in the behavior and attitudes of teams and individuals in the company. The questionnaire measured three indicators of well being: Stress – signals of stress can be physical (fatigue, pains and aches)

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Does Being a Kind Leader Pay?

Is it good to be a ‘nice’ leader to get people to like you? Or is it better to be tough to inspire respect and hard work? Or are both doable? If you are a caring leader, would you be perceived as being ‘soft’? If you are firm and keep your distance, wouldn’t your people know who is in charge? Does being kind pay at all? Developments in organizational research provide surprising answers to these

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Culture of Care

Leaders face myriad challenges in developing effective people. A caring leadership approach can form the basis for transformation of our people – developing, nurturing and mentoring them will create happier and healthier environments that generate greater innovation and better outcomes. Role modelling the principles of caring could truly change the culture of the Company. What does a caring leadership model look like? How would it envision a set of values that addressed leadership responsibilities and

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When we say “SMILES Values”what do we mean? As a Happiest Mind, we are expected to understand and live the values. As members of the People Practice community, this becomes even more pertinent as people look for these values in us. As we read through the values and their attributes, let us prefix the words ‘AM I’ or ‘DO I’ or any other appropriate question before every line. This will mirror where we stand and help

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Transforming Lives

Dear Team. The use of technology and assistive devices at their incredible best in transforming lives. Nature driving design. Design driving nature. Hugh Herr who is  building the next generation of bionic limbs and robotic prosthetics lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago. He is now head of MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group and is crafting successful human stories of bionic integration that “bridge the gap between disability and ability, between human limitation and

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How of Happiness
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The How of Happiness

Are we genetically predisposed to happiness? Why are some people happier than others? Are people predisposed to unhappiness destined to stay that way? In her book, The How of Happiness: A Practical Guide to Getting the Life You Want, Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor at the University of California proposes that 40% of our happiness is well within our control, She determines from data on fraternal and identical twins that 50% of our happiness set point

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Respect Equals Happiness

In a series of experiments, researchers found that the level of respect and admiration we receive (not wealth or success) predicts happiness. (Anderson, Cameron, Kraus, Michael W., Gainsky, Adam D. and Keltner, Dacher (2011). The Local Ladder Effect: Social Status and Subjective Well-being, Working Paper Series, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment) They call this level of respect, “SOCIO-METRIC STATUS” as opposed to “socio-economic status”. Experiment 1: 80 college students from 14 different student groups

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Kindness Recycled

  “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” Dalai Lama There are everyday stories of kindness, compassion, warmth and love that fill our hearts with inspiration and hope. We are an amazing community of Happiest Minds where we can be kind to one another, grow together and spread ripples of kindness throughout the world. Genuine kindness is no ordinary act,

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