Category Archives: Happiness

What it takes to be ‘unbeatable’

What it takes to be ‘unbeatable’

Madeleine Albright famously said ’There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’ Perhaps there is a special place in hell for those who don’t help others… no matter the gender. When asked why Andrew Banks was a Shark on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank Australia he said “People are curious to know how self-made people (like the Sharks) did it. Perhaps being part of this program will inspire others to be the best version of themselves”. We can learn from the success of…

Five habits for creating long-term happiness.

Shawn Achor and I chatting at the final EO dinner in Istanbul

#TBT – Over a ‘lunch n learn’ session with the Redii team on Tuesday we re-watched Shawn Achor’s TEDx talk, and it reminded us all on what is important in this life.  I’m off to buy the team a gratitude journal each, and I encourage you to read on and ‘re-set the compass’. Shawn Achor concluded his presentation, after telling why happiness is important, and sharing what happiness looks like – by telling the group actions that we can take…

This experiment – touched, moved and inspired me

This experiment – touched, moved and inspired me

Do you know people who seem to be grumpy every day? When my colleague Claire sent me the below video – it moved me. The simplicity of the message. It is absolutely worth a few moments to experience a wonderful source of happiness – that is available to the grumpiest of soles. Most people go through life as a passenger. They feel they don’t have control of their life because they think they are helpless when things happen ‘to’ them….

10 ways to be brave enough to ‘Seize the Day’

10 ways to be brave enough to ‘Seize the Day’

It is one thing to say ‘Seize the Day’ – but it is another to actually do it. I (probably like most other people) if I am really faced with a challenge then I want to hide under the bed covers and ‘hope’ it will go away and all of a sudden life will get easier – and I will have a happy existence. This, however, is never the case. I know that for myself when I  (and especially together…

#TBT…Longing to belong

#TBT…Longing to belong

I wrote this post at the end of September 2014… and the core of what I wrote about still firmly holds true for me, especially having spent the first part of the week at Marcus Evans talking all things Redii and Recognition in the workplace – it is all still very much about harnessing the “community” that is your organisation, aligning your people to a common cause and recognising their achievements for executing the “plan” all along the journey. As…

3 lessons learnt from a Guinness World Record attempt

3 lessons learnt from a Guinness World Record attempt

For me this season is about laughter, fun and getting together with loved one’s. It can be challenging to keep positive and focus on all the good in the world when there is much pain and suffering in other places. In the spirit of Christmas the team at RedBalloon decided to do something completely fun, colourful and joyous… and attempt a Guinness World Record. What do you get when you combine hundreds of red and white suits, 30 of the best surf…

What new thing did you do today?

What new thing did you do today?

Life is too short to miss out on new experiences; routine can be wonderful but new things stimulate our creativity, conversation and the richness of life.  What have you got on your ‘one day some day maybe’ list?… What is it that you have always wanted to do but have delayed because it is too far away, too expensive or you just don’t have the time. We are all given 24 hours in a day… how we choose to use…

The Happy CEO

The Happy CEO

I have said many times before (including in dedication in my book) ‘thank you to all the past, present and future RedBallooners’. Each play their role in delivering good times to 1000′s of Australians and New Zealander’s every week. Today however marked the end of an era with Kristie Caddick (nee Buchanan) leaving RedBalloon after seven years. Originally joining as a Marketing Manager – and since 2012 she has been the CEO. She has chosen to dedicate the next part…

Two buddies on the way to work

Too cute - Dexter likes to 'walk' Charlie and today he took him to the office.

I was back in the office today after taking a few weeks off to celebrate Christmas and New Year and I could not resist taking this quick video of the ‘boys’ coming to work. Dexter as Head of Security at RedBalloon has an apprentice – known as Charlie Bear – for obvious reasons… Dexter is clearly the head hound – taking the lead… too cute. A bit of fun at work. They say that having a best friend at work…

Goldfish don’t have smartphones

Goldfish don’t have smartphones

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the average attention span of a human being has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013. A goldfish has the attention span of 9 seconds. The big question is what can you do to arrest this. We used to think that email interrupted our concentration – our ‘smart’ devices are driving our behaviors. Information at our finger tips – and we…