People Optimisation

Why Happiness Is The New Productivity – Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani is the Founder of Mindvalley.

In 2009 he was asked to speak at Engage Today in Calgary along with such luminaries as Sir Richard Branson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Stephen Covey, Nobel Prize Winner F.W De Klerk, Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos.com and world-famous artist Wyland.

This speech won the audience vote as one of the best speeches of the entire event.

Vishen talks about Flow: The Ultimate State of Human Existence. He then shared 10 tips on how to master this state and how to bring it to teams, families, and groups you lead.

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Free Personality Test – Jung (MBTI Style)

Personality profiling helps you to understand how you’re wired up – how you think, make decisions and approach the world around you. Your own personality profile will help you understand why you communicate better with some people than with others, why some jobs seem more appealing to you, and why you approach relationships of all kinds the way you do. When you apply this understanding it will empower you to be more effective, happy, and build stronger and healthier relationships.

To discover your own personality profile you could start with something such as this free personality test. After answering 108 multiple choice questions – where there are no rights or wrongs – you’ll be given a four letter result such as ENTJ, or ISFP.

Once you have your result we recommend you visit a site such as 16 Personalities or Personality Desk and learn more about your profile. If you don’t think it fits you, take a look at the other profiles and see which one you think may be a better fit. Sometimes it pays to share your results with someone who knows you really well, as you may have some blind spots and a different perspective may be useful. Consider the results more as a guide than an absolute – an indication of styles and preferences, and not a box to lock yourself or others in. Remember that ultimately we are all unique.

Personality profiling is also powerful in a group or team context to help you chose the best people for the job and team, as a personal development tool, and to understand and improve team dynamics and communication. If you’d like to explore team dynamics more thoroughly, take a look at Team Dynamic Profiler and the free demo for the smart leader app which we think is pretty cool.

Free “Strengths” Test – Learn and Apply

strengthsYes, it’s true that we and our team members contribute the greatest value, enjoy more success, and are happier and more engaged when we’re playing to our strengths. According to Marcus Buckingham, people who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged on the job. Teams that focus on their strengths are 12.5% more productive.

Discover your own strengths with this free strengths test, and then learn about them, how to apply them, and what to watch for. One place you can go to learn more is Lets Talk Personality. On this site you’ll find your strengths categorised under the headings of connecting, energising, mobilising, reflecting, and insights. Simply hover over the headings until you see the strength you’re looking for.

We recommend that you focus on your top 5 initially, and ask yourself this question

“what can I do to ensure that the bulk of my time, and the time of my team (if relevant), is invested in one or more of our own strengths?”

If you want to explore the topic of strengths further you may want to check out books such as Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow,  StrengthsFinder 2.0, or  Now, Discover Your Strengths.