The secret to all good things is happiness….

Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City lived up to expectations. Singapore for its sheer efficiency and quality of life aspects which goes to show that a city freed from having to think about a hinterland can thrive. I suspect I shall return to blog more about Singapore. Ho Chi Minh City for the richness which assaulted all senses but, more than anything, for the sheer happiness of its people.

Interestingly enough joined (in my case) by Singapore Airlines who seem alone in the world of aviation in having flight attendants who relish every aspect of their role. I tried many times to try and catch them in-between smiles – not possible.

This all reads me to an article from Bloomberg Businessweek (served up via my Facebook Newsfeed – I’m now willing to confess that the latest iteration of Facebook is working for me !) entitled “Three Types of People to Fire Immediately” by G. Michael Maddock and Raphael Louis Vitón.

I cannot agree with the premise enough !

The article is based on removing from the business the following categories;

(1) The Victims

(2) The Non-believers

(3) The Know-it-alls

The categories are self-explanatory but it’s worth reminding yourself of them and taking a hard look around about you when you are next in the work environment.

The following quote sums it all up;

“I wanted a happy culture. So I fired all the unhappy people.” —A very successful CEO (who asked not to be named)

It all seems very simple but then it is. The truth is that more companies are not active enough when it comes to culling those who get in the way of happiness which, of course, is direct factor in productivity, innovation and profitability.

The Vietnamese seem to have discovered the secret of happiness in the workplace hopefully the rest of us will too.


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