Why happiness is the key to success

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Blog, Business

I started Magic Beans Media because I realised that I needed to be the boss, not because I’m full of myself and think I’m the only one who can manage people properly, but… actually yes, I think I can manage people better than most managers I’ve come across. This is because I disagree fundamentally with the style of management that bullies people, overworks them, micro-manages and crushes creativity, and there’s a lot of that in the media.

My light-bulb moment came when I read Henry Stewart’s Happy Manifesto, in which he outlines some of his fundamental beliefs, on which he’s built his business. Using the starting point “People work best when they feel good about themselves”, he explains that most managers are failing to make this their priority, and their businesses are underperforming as a result. The data has proved that happy people are more productive, so why wouldn’t you make that the basis for everything you do?
Happy Manifesto Video

Happy Manifesto VideoUsing some apparently simple but actually quite radical ideas, he explains how getting out of the way is one of the most powerful tools you have as a manager.

He asks you to imagine a world in which you were supported and encouraged in your work, but left alone to get it done in the way you thought best, without levels of sign-off, and free from all the micro-management that slows you down and stifles your creativity.

In this world, he argues, well trained staff become cheerleaders for your business, promoting you in the outside world, and bringing great value to your brand. They also have better ideas than you do, and if you train and support them well, you are then free to grow your business without getting bogged down in the day-to-day running of it.

He has put this into practice at Happy, which began as a computer training company, but now also offers management training through its Happy People courses – passing on some of the things he’s learned through building a business based around the idea of Happiness in the Workplace.

I’m delighted to say that, having met Henry at this year’s Happy Workplaces conference, Magic Beans is now in talks with Happy, and hoping to be an active part of the revolution that sees happy workplaces as the rule rather than the exception, potentially freeing millions of people from a miserable working existence, and unleashing the creativity in the UK’s workforce.

You can download your free copy of the Happy Manifesto, or buy through Amazon here

Find out more about Happy People here

Get in touch to let me know if you’d like to be part of the revolution, and watch this space for further announcements on how you can get involved.

Here’s to bringing a bit of happiness into the working world – we can’t wait to get started!