Happiness at work should be the rule, not the exception.
Alexander Kjerulf is one of the world’s leading experts on workplace happiness. Why? “You will spend more of your waking hours at work than anything else. If that time doesn’t make you happy, it’s a huge waste of life.” It all makes sense when he puts it that way, doesn’t it?
“You make a difference for every person you come into contact with at work” and vice versa. In a world where work consumes so much of our time and energy, why do we still limit ourselves? His energy and enthusiasm with sharing happiness at work is contagious and, more importantly, effective. Secret tip? “Want to have better and more effective meetings? Get rid of the tables in your meeting room. It’s weird but it works.”
Perhaps by now you’re thinking this is some sort of hippie doo-dah. But alas, my skeptics, this is the real deal. Alexander didn’t become the leading expert on workplace happiness without a reason. He is a speaker, consultant, and author. Alexander’s blog The Chief Happiness Officer is one of the world’s leading blogs about careers and leadership and is read by millions of people. On the business side, he presents and conducts workshops on workplace happiness at businesses and conferences all over the world including leading organizations like IBM, Hilton, LEGO, HP, IKEA and many others. Alex has a masters degree in computer science from The University of Southern Denmark, and is the founder of Woohoo Inc., a consultancy firm offering lectures, workshops, and leadership training with focus on happiness at work.
Thorbjörg is Scandinavia’s anti-age queen who has reached cult status with her natural alternative to revitalisation.
The 54-years-young, Icelandic Thorbjörg and her magnetic personality and ideas have spread across Scandinavia, engaging women in a naturally healthy and beauty-filled lifestyle. It’s true what they say – you can’t always judge a book by its cover; and Thorbjörg is a shining example.
I’ve seen women of 20 with bodies like 50-year-olds and I’ve met 60-year-old women who were younger both inside and out than their children. (Sadly, many people belong to the first category.) Just because you’re technically getting older doesn’t mean you have to feel that way. Women are beautiful, inside and out, regardless of their age.
Thorbjörg is an expert in lifestyle changes and specializes in anti-aging and how to be vital for life. “I have not only personal experience, but also a track record of 20 years working professionally with the kinds of food and additives that actually make you older.” She is a licensed nurse, nutritional therapist, and certified coach with 25 years of experience in nutritional therapy. To top it all off, she is a sought-after lecturer and teacher working in hospitals, sports academies, and with national health projects in Iceland and Denmark.
Don’t Despair – lose your simple notion of identity and find your true self
Instead of throwing yourself into imaginative types of soul-searching, you should quite simply just will to be who you are, standing exactly where you’re standing. That’s what Matias does.
It’s phrases like this that make us stroke our imaginary beards in awe and confusion; not because we don’t understand it, but because it’s so profoundly, for lack of other words, deep.
This is what Matias Dalsgaard brings to the table, and it’s not without reasoning or support. Matias has always been drawn towards philosophy, theology, the church and the arts. In particular he enjoys studying the great thinkers, preachers and psychologists of Christianity: Paulus, Augustine, Luther, and Kierkegaard. He has a background in Comparative literature and a PhD and Post Doctorate degree in Philosophy. So, what does this add up to?
With this education armed in hand, he worked as an associate at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Keyword: worked. This is where the story gets interesting because not only does Matias bring us a moving book, but he also leads us to question our thoughts.
Personally, Don’t Despair represents two sides of Dalsgaard’s life that might never be fully reconciled: the side of Christian-existential seriousness and the side of business, consumption and infinite earthly ambitions.
Thomas Flindt – Scandinavia’s laughter guru. He inspires people, businesses and teams towards more enjoyable and motivating work.
2013 marks a decade of laughing for a living in Thomas Flindt’s life. Yes, that’s right. We said “laughing for a living”. “You don’t get happiness from success; you get success from happiness.” This is a concept people are only starting to realize today, particularly by those whom Thomas has left his impact on.
Thomas is a life coach and laughter instructor as well as the driving force behind World Laughter Day in Denmark. “Laughing in front of other people takes courage”, a lesson learned from any attendees of this international event. “When you see so many people laughing together as a spectator, your mind wants to understand. For those laughing together, it’s an instant connection.”
Courage and connections aren’t the only benefits either. Aside from coaching, Thomas inspires people, businesses and teams to more enjoyable and motivating work. He conducts laughter workshops and personal development courses for corporate companies because “laughter gives us energy and motivates us.” His lectures have a fine balance between seriousness and fun – emphasizing the importance of allowing ourselves to have fun, as this gives rise to more successes in life.
Success can be measured, as evinced by Thomas’ efforts with laughter in the workplace. Increased production and sales by over 40% were observed in a session conducted over a period of one year by Thomas at a Danish IT company. Thomas’ pioneering research has thus demonstrated that when humor levels rise in the workplace, profits follow.
He is one of Denmark’s leading experts in job satisfaction and motivation, and his books are based on his experiences with 20,000 employees from more than 1,000 different Scandinavian companies. At these aforementioned companies, he has helped employees and managers to have more fun, and be more effective at work.
Martin Bjergegaard and Jordan Milne
There’s a more sustainable work approach and we can all be happy while being successful. Take it from these two entrepreneurs.
About Martin and Jordan
The successful entrepreneurs Martin Bjergegaard and Jordan Milne were never comfortable with the myth that being an entrepreneur requires you to sacrifice most other aspects of life. So, three years ago, they started searching the globe for a new kind of role model: those who had found a way to build wildly successful companies, while at the same time living happy and balanced lives.
A little bit about the duo…
Martin has been an entrepreneur for most of his life, and insists that each day should be a fantastic one. He is a co-founder of the innovative start-up ‘factory’ Rainmaking, which has achieved two multi-million dollar exits, a portfolio of 8 successful start-ups with a total of 50 million dollars in annual revenues.
Jordan is a co-founder of www.zatista.com and an advisor to Emot.io. He is a member of The Sandbox Network, the foremost global community of extraordinary young achievers below 30, and is one of nine students from around the world to receive a Diploma in Entrepreneurship from the University of Cambridge.
Today, they are both here to show you how to shift to a more sustainable work approach, and how to build your business into something big and widely recognized – and still lead a happy, whole and balanced life – all in one readable book called Winning Without Losing.
On February 3, 2014, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) awarded Winning Without Losing the “Management Gold” award as the best book for New Managers.
Winning Without Losing is considered by CMI as the book for entrepreneurs to read to achieve a better professional and personal life. It’s the book that goes beyond successful business, and is the catalyst that builds toward a new way of entrepreneurship.