The Japanese Concept ‘Ikigai’ is a Formula for Happiness and Meaning

The concept of “ikigai” in Japanese culture is considered as a deep passion for one’s true happiness. In other terms it simply means “things that you live for.” To complete you own “ikigai” one would need to find out what they love to do, what they care about, what others need and what you get paid for. This way of thinking can be used to help make decisions in one’s personal life or even their career.

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Leaders Drive Organizational Culture [poll results]

Every business has a culture, call it an ambience, mixed with a philosophy and core mission, resulting in a particular stamp that sets that business apart. Leadership is also an intrinsic part of every business. Some might suggest that from the culture of a given business the leadership emerges, which could be taken as a fair point. Others would gravitate towards the concept that leadership drives the culture. It could be considered a chicken or egg question, without a way to break the tie were it not for one thing, a poll. Workers, who are the ones in the end most impacted by both culture and leadership, answered a poll. And, the results were compelling. Four to one, respondents said they felt that it was leadership which drove culture and not the other way around. These compelling results have consequences, or should. Besides investing in great leadership at every rung of the business and holding all leaders accountable for both implementing and keeping high standards in their division, corporations also need to hire new people with great leadership qualities that are a fit to the culture of the business, assuming the culture is s desirable one. Should that not be the case, then new leader hires should have the qualities needed to infuse a new sort of culture into the business.

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4 Ways to Motivate Employees to Achieve Phenomenal Results Every Day

Keeping your employees engaged and motivated — indeed, keeping them around at all — is critically important to the development of your business. You need to identify your “A Players,” IE your best and most reliable employees, and reward them by giving them more autonomy and by compensating them appropriately. Use and live your mission statement to provide employees with a sense of purpose. Put your employees’ passions and interests to work for you. Finally, do what you can to create a more happy, fulfilling and productive workplace.

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Former Googler Lets Us In On The Surprising Secret To Being A Good Boss

Kim Scott has made it her mission to help make happier, healthier workplaces. Part of her recipe is for “radical candor” with guidance, both positive and negative, that can help employees be better. Scott emphasizes that good guidance comes from a mix of directness and genuine concern and caring. A person who isn’t caring will come off as a jerk at best and downright abusive at worst, while a person who isn’t direct may not be able to make people listen to and understand their guidance.

Read more: https://www.fastcompany.com/3054668/former-googler-lets-us-in-on-the-surprising-secret-to-being-a-good-boss





How To Get The Most Out Of These Five Employee Types

There are generally five types of employees within a business. Sometimes, owners or management knows their staff and who to depend on. Employers should identify their stronger staff members and allow them to know that they are appreciated. The employees that are just there for the check are called the token employees. Figuring out why they do the minimal amount of work is ideal. The other type is the ego-driven employee who tends to be one of the louder ones. Lastly, is the ‘All or Nothing’ employee who has good days and bad.

Read more: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/284160