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Success and Happiness - it's down to listening

Stories of Success Podcast

Release Date: 07/02/2020

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I am very honoured to have Pascal Finette back for a second round. Pascal and I got introduced when I first launched my podcast in early 2018, and we recorded an episode then, which has been downloaded almost 300 times. He since has launched more things, became more famous, and I feel honoured he took some time to answer more of my questions.

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I interviewed Andy last year, just before Christmas 2019. He openly spoke to me about his illness, and his life limiting cancer.

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This week’s podcast is a panel discussion with four former guests. We took a long time to manage all our diaries and I was glad when we finally got together to discuss Covid19, personal development, and how it seems the positive things that came from lock down. A episode going deep.

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In this episode of season 4 I welcome Marcel Daane. I am super excited to welcome Marcel as he has been prominent on my social media feeds for a long time. I admire the work he does as an executive and leadership coach, and his concept about body mind connection in a business world.

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This season is all about personal development, and about how you can improve as a person. I have some amazing guests lined up.

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For the last but not least episode of season 3 of my podcast, I welcome Lisa Ryan who is the Chief Appreciation Strategist at Grategy. As a Certified Speaking Professional, a Certified Virtual Speaker and the best-selling author of ten books including “The Upside of Down Times: Discovering the Power of Gratitude”, she shares a lot of information on how to become a professional speaker and what gratitude means in day to day life.

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Chris is a tech entrepreneur that believes technology can be used for good and can dramatically impact the world in a positive way. He is lucky enough that his personal vision matches up with his company's vision at The Happiness Index.

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This week’s podcast is with Lizzy Hodcroft. She is an inspiration to talk to, on how to overcome mental health issues and becoming successful, selling a business and now launching a new business called Myndr.

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This week’s podcast is with a fellow German coach Stephanie Schaffner. After a corporate career in sales and business development, she changed direction to become a trainer for stress management and a coach for burnout prevention.

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On this episode I welcome Marek Zmysłowski. Marek is a Polish-born entrepreneur and executive, focused on online businesses in Frontier and Emerging Markets. 

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This week I welcome Chris Hyland to my podcast. 
 
Chris is a tech entrepreneur that believes technology can be used for good and can dramatically impact the world in a positive way. He is lucky enough that his personal vision matches up with his company's vision at The Happiness Index.
 
The reason I asked Chris to be on the podcast is to discuss happiness. What does happiness mean? Now in times of Covid19 and beyond? Does happiness equal success? Their vision is #FreedomToBeHuman - organisations that succeed will enable their people to feel like a human ... not a number!
 
His purpose: To work with organisations to achieve a Thriving Culture. This is achieved when a strong balance is found between employee engagement and happiness.
 
Chris always enjoyed to look at the psychology behind the ads, following a marketing degree. So he started his own search agency in 2008. For him it was always important to build a company with a great culture, which led him to come up with the idea of the Happiness Index. They always build their first agency on honesty and transparency. 
 
At that business he first tried out the concept of the Happiness Index to understand what employees really want. And the first response they got was to improve personal development and training. For him, the success is down to listening to his employees and customers.
 
They are taking a neuroscience approach. It’s about how humans act and feel. It is about having a purpose driven organisation and being treated as a human being. Whilst this sounds like common sense, it is still not commonplace in many organisations. And the results are improved productivity and better organisations. 
 
Now, during Covid19, the insights the Happiness Index is delivering for companies, are more key than ever to understand employees. And whilst responses might be more negative due to the circumstances, the main keyword coming up was ‘uncertainty’; everyone is worried about the future. Having that data, and sharing that insight with employees, is key to developing a trusting relationship with staff. It’s about the quality of life and the right balance which is what employees are after. We also discuss different office set ups and how a law firm just cancelled their office for 3000 staff.
 
The Happiness Index is still doing their annual or quarterly away days, now virtually, to make sure they keep their culture going during these difficult times. And again, he finishes about some stats why happier companies lead to more successful companies. All employees get is a voice, it is that simple.
 
A great podcast, shedding light on the success factor happiness, and how employee happiness matters in organisation.
 
You can contact Chris via Linkedin 
 
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Volker coaches transformations (career, life & business), and helps individuals and companies through change. He is also a mindfulness trainer and productivity expert, consulting companies on soft skills around sales and business development. In his podcast he interviews successful people and wrote a best selling book about the advice.