Book review: The high price of materialism

“Excessive consumption is usually the last refuge for those people, who live a tedious life and they don’t even have hope that it will be better someday. The accumulation of material wealth is a self-expression for those who have no other means to express their decisions, having their lives in their own hands and being…

Holiday mood…

“Christmas time, mistletoe and wine”…and stress. Do you know the pressure of perfectionism this time of the year? If the end of year tasks wouldn’t be enough at your workplace there is still a long list of must dos at home: spotless cleanliness, delicious meal for Christmas Eve and beyond, finding the perfect gift for…

Leadership, Flow and Ethics

Last month, Prof. Paul Marer[1] – already mentioned in my previous blog entry about Good Work – gave an interesting presentation in Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Positive Psychology class at Claremont Graduate University (California). This post is an excerpt from his presentation about leadership, Flow and ethics, with an emphasis mainly on the third topic. Csikszentmihalyi…

Good Work

Have you ever wondered whether the work you, your colleagues or your subordinates do can be considered as “good work”? I think I am not the only one who actually doesn’t know what the term “good work” means. Back in the late 1990’s and the early 2000’s Prof. Csikszentmihalyi alongside with Howard Gardner and William Damon has investigated…

The second curve

I happened to be fortunate enough to attend at a public speech held by Charles Handy and listen to a short summary of his book: The second curve. I think the blogpost this week couldn’t be more actual than this. He used short stories and metaphores in helping us to get a deeper understanding of…

Happy

I happened to have a little bit of extra time recently and I dedicated it to watch the movie: Happy. This movie is about Roko Belic’s (the director) pursuit of happiness: he spent 5 years traveling around the world and asking people about happiness. If I had to sum up the conclusion of the movie,…

The fish rots from the head down…

As Michael Jackson famously sang: I’m starting with the man in the mirror I’m asking him to change his ways Most company/organization leaders thrumble for a change: they want to see a cultural change at the organization, they want to see their employees being happy and jumping out from their skin out of excitement that they…

Why newly appointed leaders fail?

I had the possibility to closely observe several types of leaders/managers over the past 10+ years since I am working. Some of them were reserved and experienced with high standards while the others were newly appointed struggling in their roles. What could be the cause that around 60% of the newly appointed leaders underperform during the…