December 2009 - The 10 Commandments of
a Happy Work Life
- Resources (links, books, articles)
The 10 Commandments of a Happy Work Life
by Tom Terez
1. Thou shalt honor thyself
Your brain can process 100 trillion instructions per second while using the
equivalent of just 12 watts of power. Your heart beats 100,000 times per
day, carrying your blood some 12,000 miles (19,000 km). Youíre built to
imagine, create, communicate, and love. If you do nothing else today, sit
back in awe of yourself.
2. Thou shalt be true to thyself
Only one person has your portfolio of experience, know-how, skills, and
style attributes. Youíre in charge of putting it to work without
compromise. If you need inspiration, consider Mother Teresa, Martin Luther
King Jr., and Thomas Edison. All of these greats ó
and many more ó enriched the world by rejecting
conformity and making the most of their differences.
3. Thou shalt speak up
When you have a good idea, share it. When you have a question, ask
it. When you need help, say so. When your help is needed, offer
it. When you see a scene of disrespect, step forward and set things
right. When you envision a better future, put it in spoken word.
Your voice needs to be heard.
4. Thou shalt strive to simplify
Whenever people congregate, they tend to overcomplicate. That explains
those countless workplace rules, objectives, projects, deadlines, and
meetings. Itís up to you to challenge the raging routine. Take a
fresh look at your schedule, and eliminate every activity that seems important
but isnít. An action is either mission-driven or mere motion. Keep
the former, ditch the latter.
5. Thou shalt assume the best
Few people wake up and declare: "Iím going to make this a horrible
day. Iím going to foul things up and make life miserable for my
co-workers." No, most people want good days in which they use their
know-how, exercise their creativity, and make a positive contribution.
Assume and expect the best ... and thatís what youíll get.
6. Thou shalt fix processes, not people
Itís tempting to blame that missed deadline or fouled-up project on
Debbie, Dan, or some other nearby human punching bag. But the fact is,
problems almost always occur because of process issues, not people. So cut
Debbie and Dan some slack ó and enlist their
help in analyzing and improving the flow of activities that make up the process.
7. Thou shalt serve a greater purpose
Henry David Thoreau lived 150 years ago, but his words seem especially
relevant in todayís Blackberried world: "It is not enough to be busy ó
so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?" Nor
is it enough to have a mission statement that lies forgotten. Whatís
needed is a heartfelt mission that gives meaning to all the work-related
busyness. Whatís yours?
8. Thou shalt be interested
Want to be interesting? Then be interested ó
in people, processes, clients, customers, competitors, and more. Open your
eyes a bit wider. Be more curious. Seek new challenges. Start
more conversations. Make a point of asking questions rather than making
statements. Turn your work world, and the larger world, into your own
9. Thou shalt honor time away from work
Youíre more than an employee. Youíre more than the sum of your
tasks. Youíre a human being, not a human doing. Treat
yourself accordingly by rounding out how you spend your time. Balance your
time at work with time at home, outdoors, in the community, and elsewhere.
Youíll recharge your battery while gaining new insights and perspectives that
inform your work.
10. Thou shalt be thine own best manager
Guess whoís in charge of you. Hint: Itís not your boss, your bossí
boss, or anyone else. The sooner you take responsibility for your own
happiness and fulfillment, the sooner youíll achieve it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tom Terez (TomTerez.com) is an international consultant
and frequent speaker on organizational performance (BetterWorkplaceNow.com)
and personal excellence (InnerBest.com).
Copyright © 2007
Tom Terez Workplace Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission of
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a
Big Difference. Malcolm
Gladwell./ Back Bay Books, 2002. ISBN-10:
0316346624 ISBN-13: 978-0316346627
- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of
Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You. John Maxwell.
Thomas Nelson, 2007. ISBN-10:
0785288376 ISBN-13: 978-0785288374
- The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy,
Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal.
Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz. Free Press , 2004. ISBN-10:
0743226755 ISBN-13: 978-0743226752
- First Break All the Rules, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman,
Simon & Schuster; (May 1999) ISBN-10:
0684852861 ISBN-13: 978-0684852867
- Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham and Donald
Clifton. Free Press, 2001. ISBN-10:
0743201140 ISBN-13: 978-0743201148
- Income Without a Job: Living Well Without a Paycheck. Michael
Jay Anthony, Barbara J. Taylor. Lulu.com,
978-0-557-00377-8. Website: www.income-without-a-job.com.
Tap into your own creativity and use your full potential. Learn
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Related newsletter article:
February 2009 - Staying Inspired
December 2008 - Finding gratitude
within the angst
December 2007: Management Styles (just
2004 - Make it Lighter (Fun at Work)
2008 - The Joy of Work
2002 - Taking a Productivity Break
2001 - Lighten Up
-- Fun at Work
September 2004 -
Stress Busters: Managing Stress in the Workplace
September, 1997 - Balancing Life and Work
May 2007 - The Law of Attraction at
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