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How to create a happy virus at work

Alexandria Joy - Monday, May 11, 2015
When it comes to the positivity or negativity of relationships at work, at home and at school, multiple studies have shown that mood is literally contagious. It’s not simply that happy people gravitate to each other and unhappy people congregate in the corner —the people adjacent to you can actually move your mood up or down.

This makes managing morale and protecting a positive company culture extremely important because one unhappy person can infect an entire team. On the flip side, a few satisfied, engaged, high-performance people placed strategically throughout an organization can spread happiness and produce even better results. As a leader or manager, investing in the architecture of your team or businesses social, communication and functional networks is critical to ensure optimum happiness and effectiveness.

Scott Crabtree understands this only too well. After spending 24 years climbing the ladder in the gaming and software industries, eventually leading a team at Intel, Scott observed that the happiest people were also the most productive. The difference was so striking to him that he retired and rebooted his career, founding Happy Brain Science to surface and share the scientific underpinnings of what makes people happy and how that makes them more effective at their jobs and in their lives.

"Happier people are more successful, more creative, energetic, resilient," says Crabtree. "They work better together. They absorb more information. They have more tools in their tool belt to help them handle whatever life throws them. They are healthier, they live longer—and they show up at work more often."

What science has proven and we also see played out time after time through our work at UQ Power is that happiness is not part of a person's genetic makeup, nor a product of circumstance. It’s a choice. We believe business is 100% a people game and that your experience of work begins with you.

Want to overcome adversity, change how you feel about going to work and create a happy virus in your workplace? Then watch this week's video to find out how.


Share the happiness, tweet this: At work today. Choose fun! #startwithU
Now I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever started a happy virus? What one simple did you do to change your world? Share your story in the
comments below.
Remember to #startwithU

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Heidi Alexandra

Happiness Hacks to Help You Love Your Work

Alexandria Joy - Monday, April 27, 2015

Happiness is an elusive goal; everyone seems to want it, but by all the "shelf help" books out there my guess is that we are still searching for it. 

Sure it’s not easy to be happy most of the time and many of the solutions suggested in popular culture take a fair bit of effort and TIME, the one thing we all seem to be short of in modern society. 

For example a commonly cited one is to do more exercise. A study cited in the book: “The Happiness Advantage” also confirmed the importance of exercise on our happiness level. Basically, this study looks into three groups of depressed patients found that exercise had the biggest effect in reducing depression. 

Others suggest all you need to do is get more sleep. True we spend roughly one third of our lives sleeping, so you cannot underestimate the importance of sleep, in particular nanna naps. An interesting study in 2011 from BPS Research Digest showed how sleep affected our happiness, in particular that people who take an afternoon nap are desensitized to negative emotions and more responsive to positive ones. But who has time for a nanna nap and unless you work at Google is that acceptable behaviour in your workplace?

So what can you do if you're feeling a bit blue and you're time poor? Well you could ask Siri on your iPhone to tell you a knock knock joke (go on try it). Or you could just watch this 4 min video for my two happiness hacks that will have you faking it until you make it and get happy again in an instant:


What's your #1 tip for getting happy at work? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Don't worry, be happy.
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Heidi Alexandra 


Make Your Vocation Your Vacation

Alexandria Joy - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Regardless of the level you are at in at your workplace or business I bet you find yourself sometimes becoming easily consumed by work and overwhelmed?

Joel Peterson wrote that many people, "despite being at a pinnacle of career or financial success, have expressed profound loneliness and despair."

Why? Because for many of us we often respond to success by working even more, hiding ourselves away from our support network, stopping our health and fitness regimes and burning the candle at both ends as well as the middle.

So what do you do when, this is you?

A simple way to #StartwithU is to begin by as Mark Twain suggested and make your vocation your vacationOn today’s episode of UQTV, learn how to learn to love your work. Here’s 3 simple tips to get you started

In this video you'll hear more about how you can:

2:46 - Tip #1 Stop more

3.46 - Tip #2: Play more

4.29 - TIP #3: Serve more

Tweet this: I am the master of my fate. I can make my vocation my vacation via @UQPower 

You always have the power to lead yourself to your highest creative potential. Ultimately, it’s not your circumstances, friends, age, background, education or any other factor that determines your ultimate destiny and how much you enjoy what you do. The choice is yours. 

Now, I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever had a job you hated, or worked in a challenging work environment and were able to turn it around? What did you do to #startwithU? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

P.S. If you want more on this topic, you might enjoy http://www.uqpower.com.au/_blog/uqtv/post/could-reverse-psychology-be-the-key-to-your-success/ 

Thank you, as always, for reading, watching, and adding your perspective to the conversation!

Until next time, love your work!

Heidi Alexandra

The Art of Persuasion: How to Get People to Do What You Want

Alexandria Joy - Friday, November 21, 2014

There's a fine line between persuasion and manipulation and whether we choose to like it or not we are using one of these approaches in almost everything we do in business and human interaction. If you want to learn how to ethically and honestly influence people then read on.

In my latest book “It all starts with UQ Power” I reference a classic book on psychology, marketing and human behaviour known as Influence, the psychology of persuasion by Dr Robert Cialdini Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing, Arizona State University. This classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say "yes"—and how to apply these understandings. (Note: I am not of Italian descent and yes I pronounce his name incorrectly - you can hear the proper pronounciation here! Hey I'm only human).

Dr Cialdini’s research found six universal principles that when applied will help you become a skilled persuader and get people to do what you want. In today's video I want to focus on just three of the six principles.


Now it’s your turn. What’s your number one takeaway from these three principles of persuasion? Which one are you already applying in your life or business? Share your thoughts in the comments below, I’d love to know!

PS Here's the link to the video I recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFdCzN7RYbw#t=18 
PPS Check out the photos from our recent Secret Leaders Breakfast with Editor of the Renegade Collective, Lisa Messenger here. To sign up for the Secret Leaders list enter your details here. 

THE POWER OF EYE CONTACT

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, September 14, 2014

Look inside your kitchen cabinet and odds are you have a collection of old friends gazing back at you — the Rice Bubbles cartoon characters, the Frosted Flakes tiger, the Honey Puffs bee, the Milo boy, the Sultana Bran sunshine face, you get the idea. The real reason they are there has more do with your subconscious craving for eye contact than the taste of the products.

A recent study published in the journal Environment and Behavior, researchers at Cornell University manipulated the gaze of the cartoon rabbit on Trix cereal boxes and found that adult subjects were more likely to choose Trix over competing brands if the rabbit was looking at them rather than away. The researchers also found that the eyes of characters on boxes of cereal marketed to kids were directed downward, to meet the upward gaze of children in grocery store aisles. (Yes check it out next time you walk through a supermarket - subliminal trickery).

“Making eye contact even with a character on a cereal box inspires powerful feelings of connection,” said one of the study's authors Professor Brian Wansink.

In other studies, researchers have also found that children and adults who avoid or are denied eye contact are more likely to suffer from depression and feelings of isolation as well as exhibit antisocial traits such as callousness. Rather than cause and effect, the hypothesis is that the relationship between less eye contact and psychological problems is circular and reinforcing. This is alarming in a society where people increasingly spend more time looking at their mobile devices than at one another.

In short eye contact makes us more socially aware and empathetic. It allows us to make sense of our relationships and social orientation. Moreover, research from as far back as the 1980s indicates that people who make eye contact are perceived as more likable and trustworthy. 

Still not convinced about how much your peepers mean to you sales, marketing and business relationships? Then check out this episode of UQTV where I will share two more reasons why eye contact adds impact.

Amazeballs right!

But wait - researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine last year also found that patients of doctors who made more eye contact had better health, adhered more to medical advice and were more likely to seek treatment for future problems. Not surprisingly, doctors who brought laptops into the examining room made less eye contact.

“Eye contact is a really good surrogate for where attention is and the level of accord building in a relationship,” said Enid Montague, a professor of engineering and medicine at Northwestern, who used video recordings of 100 patient visits to a primary care clinic for her analysis. “We found eye contact leads to significantly better patient outcomes.”

So eye contact with your doc can make you healthier too!

Tweet this: Eye contact increases your EQ

Tweet this: Patients of doctors who made eye contact are healthier

Now it’s your turn. What are some of your tips for building rapport and trust in relationships? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time keep on building a life, business or career that plays to your unique strengths – the best thing you can do to change the world is to #startwithu.

Thanks for watching

Heidi Alexandra 
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COULD REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY BE THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS

Alexandria Joy - Monday, June 23, 2014
From an early age, most of us are raised to believe that success equals happiness. We work hard to get good grades, finish school, and land that fantastic job. Only to find that we're still not happy and something is missing. 

Have you ever felt like something is still missing from your career or life? 

Did you climb the corporate ladder in the hope that as you gained more success you'd find more happiness? 

If you've ever wondered if success can equal happiness then check out this epidode of UQTV.


Today’s Tweetables:

Now, it's your turn. 
What's your number 1 tip for happiness?
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To your success - for real!
Heidi Alexandra

DELIVERING HAPPINESS DELIVERS PROFITS

Alexandria Joy - Monday, May 26, 2014

When it comes to positive workplace cultures and exemplary customer service, few it seems could rival the happiness seen in Las Vegas based company Zappos. It all started in 1999 when their founder Nick Swinmurn found himself walking around a mall in San Francisco looking for a pair of shoes to no avail and then searching online only to turn up nothing. So Nick decided to quit his day job and start an online shoe retailer... and Zappos.com was born! 

At Zappos they believe that the speed at which a customer receives an online purchase plays a very important role in how that customer thinks about shopping online again in the future, so at Zappos.com, they have put a lot of focus on making sure the items get delivered to customers as quickly as possible. In order to do that, they warehouse everything they sell, and unlike most other online retailers, they don't make an item available for sale unless it is physically present in their warehouse. 

In 2001 Zappos brought in $8.6 million.

In 2003 they reached $70 million in gross sales.

In 2004, they achieved $184 million in gross sales.

In 2008, they hit $1 billion in annual sales, two years earlier than expected.

In 2009, just a decade after their launch the company announced its plans to join the Amazon.com, Inc. family with a buy out worth around $940 million in stock and cash.

In this episode  of UQTV we take a look under the hood at Zappos "work hard, play hard" culture to find out how their rituals have delivered happiness and profits.

Tweet this: @Zappos say that customer service isn’t just a department @UQPower
Now it's your turn. 
1. Have you WOWed at least one person today?
2. What can you do to make it more fun in your workplace? 
3. How do you get your workers and co-workers to grow?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Heidi Alexandra

4 KEYS TO BEING WILDLY SUCCESSFUL FROM THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Alexandria Joy - Monday, April 14, 2014

There's a lot we can learn from people's successes and failures, and one man who has had his fair share of both is Jordan Belfort, otherwise known as the Wolf of Wall Street.

I’ve been an avid student of the world's greatest successes and failures for years, and Jordan's is certainly a colourful, drug filled life of debauchery that apparently is 'even worse' than in Scorsese's film. Jordan himself admits that the Oscar-nominated film based on his memoir had no need to exaggerate the sex and drugs.

The 51-year-old, who served 22 months in jail for securities fraud between 2004 and 2006 after setting up the discredited Stratton Oakmont brokerage and penny stock "boiler room" in Long Island, said Terence Winter's screenplay had not needed to exaggerate his outrageous existence.

What I learnt from the former broker, who now works as a motivational speaker, in a recent interview are four keys to success.

Tweet This: Success comes down to progress, not perfection. @UQPower

Now, I’d love to hear from you. Are you making money doing a job that you loathe?

Have you been settling for average?

Is it time for you to raise your standards and take your destiny into your own hands?

Share your thoughts in the comments below, I'd love to read them!

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Heidi Alexandra

PS Want to watch the entire video with Jordan Belfort? Go here.

 

4 MILLIONAIRE MORNING RITUALS

Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, April 02, 2014

When it comes to productivity, everyone it seems has their own rituals or habits that work for them. If you really want to supercharge your day then why not take a leaf out of the book of those who have mastered the art of the morning ritual. 

I’ve been an avid student of getting stuff done productively for years, aside from throwing away my television 10 years ago and following Brian Tracy's advice and "eating my frog" every day, I've checked out the key strategies millionaires implement to stay focused and get going each day.

What I discovered is that there are four millionaire morning rituals that’ll help you no matter what business you are in.


(In this video, we mention the four quadrants of the UQ Powerhouse. Find out more here.)


Now, I’d love to hear from you.

What's your non-negotiable morning ritual that sets you up for success?

Share your rituals in the comments below.

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Heidi Alexandra

THE BRAND WITH THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What's needed more than ever in today’s crowded marketplace is authenticity and uniqueness. And when it comes to a USP, few companies would be brave enough to declare that their products are “more powerful than a bottle of sodium hypochlorite. Gentler than a thousand puppy licks and able to detox tall homes in a single afternoon.”

However one company is proud to make the claim and the bold, cheekiness of it makes them stand out in the market. That business is known as Method. 

Brain child of two former roomies – Adam and Eric, Method provides cleaning supplies that are beautiful to look at and kind to your nose, the environment and your family. Take a look for yourself in the video below.

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Tweet This: Be first, be unique or go home." @UQPower

These three strategies are just the tip of the cleanliness iceberg for what Method is doing right to build their brand and culture’s UQ Power and I am sure they will continue to wow us with their awesome fun videos and clean hand, thigh slapping, getting down on dirty campaigns.

So what's your dirty little secret for making your brand and culture unique?

In the comments below share with the UQTV community what’s the one thing your brand stands for and which of the three strategies would help you amplify it even more. 

As always be sure to read, share and interact with others as the best learning comes from our collective brain power!

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PS: Find out more about fabulous Method here http://www.methodhome.com

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