The value of fun, play and happiness at work

In most organizations,  
work is done in a formal, serious way.
Little attention for moods and atmosphere.

Do you know the value of  fun, joy, play and happiness at work?
These factors could be your money makers.

The system

and and thinking

Made by: GL Hoffman

So, work is done in a formal, serious way. Formal language usually prevails (read our blog about formal language: Why we talk like idiots) and efficiency is leading. Why? One reason is: it’s in our habits and routines (we’ll write a blog about that subject separately!). In ‘traditional’ organizations; we just don’t do it “that way”. There is a separation between work and private lives. Business is formal. Another reason is that  there is a strong belief that fun, play and joy are efficiency killers. And therefore, it costs money (and value is money, see our previous blog).

The survival of the Happiest

This not completely true. While happiness is of great value for people, it also has economic value and it can play an important role in (changing) behavior.  [Read more…]

Create More Value

All organizations are established to deliver value.
But our thoughts about value are often limited.

We often see value in a limited way,
from one single perspective
and with a narrow focus, on numbers.

If you do, you are missing out a lot.
Know what to count.

And make it count.

The system

All organizations are established to deliver value. But our thoughts about value are often limited. In business, we tend to constrict our scope to values ​​that are measurable in an objective and quantitative manner. Our standards are economic, with a focus on optimizing short-term financial performance.

Much of this way of thinking about measuring productivity and performance stems from the theories of Taylor; from the eye of  production work. Management by numbers, often with a focus on short term profit maximisation. What we cannot objectify or quantify, is systematically ignored. Intangible and non-monetary values ​​are excluded . With this one-sided focus on money, shareholder interests and short term profit maximization, we have created a system that only appeals to a part of our wide range of human desires and values.

Why should you care? [Read more…]

3x Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek has given another TED talk.
Again: inspiring!

We are thankful and proud his Why Discovery course is part of Plan B.

Here are the three talks by Sinek.

Watch and enjoy!

Plan B / Sinek Mixture

We are thankful and proud his Why Discovery course is part of Plan B.
It is a perfect match and a beautiful mixture.

If you’re interested, check out the options to discover Plan B and your own Why.

We are looking forward to guide you through!

Because our why is:

“To help other break through their status quo, so that they can move on beyond their perspective of what they think was possible” 

Good life Manifesto

Good Life Project. Beautiful manifesto. Built a better life.

Like this? Learn to build a better life at Good Life Project.

What do you want people to feel?

If you like this Apple video, you’ll love Plan B.



Our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong

Watch this TED Talk. Here, Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong.

“Dan Gilbert believes that, in our ardent, lifelong pursuit of happiness, most of us have the wrong map. In the same way that optical illusions fool our eyes — and fool everyone’s eyes in the same way — Gilbert argues that our brains systematically misjudge what will make us happy. And these quirks in our cognition make humans very poor predictors of our own bliss. [Read more…]

Create more value by becoming happier

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This spring/summer, BR-ND and Plan B are going on a road tour to bring you a Sunny Experience. 

We have designed three introductory experiences to help organizations with value creation.
Join us on destination happiness!?

Happiness? Say what? In business?

Business is about productivity, performance, accountability and results.
Sure. For some organizations it is.
We think they will not survive;-) [Read more…]

First why and then trust

Simon Sinek started with his simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership: The Golden Circle, where it’s all starting with the question “Why?” (in case you missed this: watch his Golden Circle talk – recommended!)

Now Simon takes the next step. After why comes : trust. When we surround ourselves with people who believe what we believe, trust emerges. Watch this great TEDx Talk about trust and why. 


Measuring what makes life worthwhile

Chip Conley: measuring what make life worthwhile. Chip Conley creates joyful hotels, where he hopes his employees, customers and investors alike can realize their full potential. Influenced by Maslow’s pyramid, he revamped his business model to focus on the intangible, higher needs of his company’s three main constituencies — employees, customers and investors. Watch this talk. A business model based on happiness.

What motivates people?

Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Watch this TED Talk of Daniel Pink. He illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates people.

You can also watch the animation of RSA, based on Daniel Pink‘s vision.