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A must-read for every leader

Posted by Janet Smith on March 25, 2009

Everyone should read the book I’m going to write about today. And if you’re a boss or a leader…you absolutely must read this book.

About ten years ago, “How We Choose To Be Happy,” was published and pretty much became an overnight bestseller. The book’s subtitle is, “The 9 choices of extremely happy people—their secrets, their stories.” Rick Foster and Greg Hicks, two successful management consultants, wrote the book after interviewing with more than 300 people who are, by all accounts, standards and measures, extremely happy.

Rick and Greg discovered that every extremely happy person they spoke with made the same nine choices in life…regardless of where they lived, how they were raised, what kind of job they had, level of education, circumstances, or any other factor you can think of.  And guess what. They’ve also found that really great leaders make those same nine decisions in their lives.

I’m typically a very happy person, but today I am deliriously happy, because I spent a good part of the day yesterday at a workshop led by Rick Foster. He is inspiring, kind, wise, insightful, and energetic. He’s also very funny and knows how to keep a room of PR/HR folks alert, engaged, and excited. I learned so much and took pages of notes that will soon be captured in blog posts. It was an amazing experience, and I’m serious—I woke up this morning with what can only be described as a happiness hangover. What a great feeling!

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