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Happy Hour is 9 to 5 - How to Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Kick Butt at Work Perfect Paperback – 2007

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Alexander Kjerulf (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1291328858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1291328851
  • ASIN: B005D3HVYW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,678,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. David Marquet on February 11, 2013
Format: Unknown Binding
Success and happiness: we have it backward.

Traditional thinking is that if we are successful, we'll be happy. In our organizations, leaders think that once the company has some success their people will be happy and morale will improve.

This is fundamentally backward.
Happiness comes first, and once we have happy people, the company will be successful. Once we are happy, we will be successful.

What makes us happy? Alexander Kjerulf in his book, Happy Hour is from 9 to 5 lists the following 6 things:
1. Be positive.
2. Learn.
3. Be open.
4. Participate.
5. Find meaning.
6. Love.

Kjerulf's focus in mainly on your responsibility for your own happiness at work but as leaders we can have a big impact on the happiness of those around us. All you need to do is just order people to be happy, right? We all know that won't work.

What can we do as an organization to invite people to happiness? Let's look at Kjerulf's list again.
1. Be positive. We can focus on success and what we achieve as opposed to avoiding errors. Michael Jordan said "I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed." If we just focused on errors, we would assess this basketball player as a failure.
2. Learn. Growth is key to happiness. Stagnation is lethal to happiness. Not only can we develop a learning culture with respect to our work, we can encourage, support, and pay for employees who want to learn new skills outside of work. Steve Jobs credited his study of calligraphy as a key part of his thinking on the design of the Mac.
3. Be open. Honesty and trust at work are critical and you have the biggest impact on this.
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Are you a business owner? a manager? an employee? Odds are you're one or more of these. If so, then you must read this book. If you aren't happy at work, or think that you're supposed to be, then you REALLY need to read it.

Kjerulf argues that Happiness IS the goal of work, but that very few of us are reaching that goal. This isn't just some hippie, huggy-wuggy book about singing Kum By Yah and patting each other on that back. Hell no! This book lays out the model for real business success. It turns out that happy employees mean higher productivity, and profits.

In other words, if your company isn't putting your employees' happiness FIRST, then you will be LEFT BEHIND and buried by the companies that do. The numbers don't lie; companies with happy employees are vastly more profitable than those with grumpy, overworked, and unhappy ones.

Read this book, or start thinking about your bankruptcy plan. It's that simple.
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It takes an exceptional, or brave, or terminally naive person to write a book with a title like "Happy Hour is 9 to 5" and then to go on and claim that the book is about loving your job. Loving? Your job? Come on! Everyone knows what work is really all about: boredom, repression, intimidation. How could anyone claim otherwise.

Well, this Kjerulf guy not only has the audacity to make the otherwise kind of claim, he has the intelligence, the spirit, and the experience to prove it.

Open the book. Open yourself to the possibility. The more you read, the more you begin to believe that you really could be loving your job, and even the people you work with. You could even be, gasp, having, gasp again, fun.

It'll take you maybe 10 pages before you begin to suspect that this guy actually knows what he's talking about. Another ten pages to think that even the very job you're enduring right now, hour after hour after day after week, could become something you look forward to. By the time you're a third of the way through, you start seeing possibilities. You begin to discover that none of the ideas Kjerulf has for how you can make your job more meaningful, more interesting, more fun, none of them is impossible, none of them is even that difficult to implement.

And by the time you finish reading, you find yourself feeling excited, about your job! About what you can make it become. And it all seems so easy. So common sense. So darn possible.

Read this book. It is a gift.
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I have bought this book after watching the different talks of the author. It is really a good book to start if you did not read before about happiness but If you did you will evaluate the book as an ok book compared to the different talks of the author. I have ordered two books about happiness and started reading ( the happiness advantage ) before this book the first has really more information than this one. Still I have used information from this book in the presentations I was doing in the subject of happiness.
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Thanks Alexander Kjerulf for coming up with some real viable suggestions to easily transform a work environment! Cute that he calls himself the 'Happiness Expert! I guess he should know as he's been lecturing at some of the most successful fortune 500 companies. I like some of the examples that he gives in the book to illustrate his points. Namely, Google! I had forgotten how employee oriented that company is! Anyway, I recommend this to any employer and employees out there! Some of the suggestions are common sense but it doesn't hurt to be reminded that spending 15 minutes a day getting to know an employee can result in happier relationships and higher efficiencies all the way around.
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