Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Your Route to the Top - Think Differently

Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Your Route to the Top - Think Differently

Article excerpt

Redefine your work. Research shows that activities we label as 'work' are naturally less pleasurable than 'play'. Blur the work/life boundaries - there is little difference between a challenging meeting and an argument over dinner.

Seek happiness. Wait for the interesting projects to come to you and they won't. If the CEO's new initiative gets your adrenalin pumping, work out how you can contribute, and volunteer. Put yourself in the fast lane if that's what you want.

Find the purpose. How are you improving people's lives? From the product and the customers, through to the team you are leading and developing, relish the impact you have.

Stretch yourself. Pleasure alone does not make us happy - we also need challenge. For this reason, we're three times more likely to find happiness at work. Set yourself an ambitious goal that will push you to new levels.

Build the people around you. …

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