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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

WHY THREE HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

Alexandria Joy - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One of my favourite strategies for helping leaders increase their capacity, forward thinking and commercial awareness is to encourage them to create and participate in masterminds both within and outside the organisation. 

Personally I have actively pursued and participated in several international masterminds for over a decade and attribute much of our success at UQ Power from the benefit of collaborating and connecting with other ambitious business owners and entrepreneurs who are playing a big game. 

I first became aware of the concept of masterminds about 15 years ago when I read classic leadership and success book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. 

While masterminds have become a big part of my strategic thinking, a recent discussion with a client at a large financial services organisation left me realising that many people are unfamiliar with the concept of a mastermind and how they can be of benefit.

If you've ever wondered about the benefits of creating or participating in a mastermind then this episode of UQTV will answer all your questions:  

Now I’d love to hear from you. 
Can you identify things in your life that could benefit from a group like this one?
Have you already participated in a mastermind and what were the key benefits and growth you gained from doing so. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Dream big!
Heidi Alexandra 
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Four Types Of Toxic People Successful People Avoid

Alexandria Joy - Sunday, August 31, 2014
We love nothing more than working on the human side of business by helping ambitious leaders and business owners to manage their most important resource – their people. But what do you do when the people around you are energy vampires sucking the joy out of your worklife? 

How you manage your energy and environment is your responsibility, so what can you do if you want to avoid getting sucked down into a toxic sickly workplace circle? First you must be able to identify the key types of toxic people you are best to avoid. Click on the video below to find out who these four types are. 

If you’ve ever struggled to get out of bed and drag yourself to work due to the toxic environment at work then this episode of UQTV was created especially for you. 



Now it’s your turn. What kind of toxic people or environments have you encountered and how did you manage them? Share your thoughts with our community in the comments below.

#StartwithU
Heidi Alexandra 
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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.

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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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Be Unique
Heidi Alexandra

Whats Love Got To Do With It

Alexandria Joy - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

When it comes to the four lettered 'L' word most people believe it doesn't have a place in the workplace. However recently my team and I had the opportunity and privilege to work with an amazing team at a local aged care facility and we were blown away by their l.o.v.e. Love for their clients, their staff, their suppliers and community.

In a world dominated by endless automated phone prompts and sadly soul-less customer care, when a company gets it right, like these guys have, it gets us excited!

What we discovered was that it is possible not only to talk about love but act from a place of loving kindness in all you do at work.

 

Tweet This: "For long term business success, start with your culture." @UQPower #StartWithU

Now, I’d love to hear from you. In the comments section below tell me which one of these strategies:

  1. choose love not fear
  2. be a servant leader
  3. live your values

have you seen in action before and why it worked?

What else could you do to incorporate these principles in your business?

PS: Find out more about fabulous Maroba here http://www.maroba.com.au

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