The 10 core principles

Henry tried to get the message across as succinctly as possible in his book (just 128 pages) but for those who want a quick summary, here are the 10 key points – each covered with examples and stories in the book. In the book there are just 9 points. But Clive Hutchinson, of Cougar Automation, complained that we had missed out the most important thing we taught them – to make sure you’ve got your people doing what they are best at.

1. Trust your people

Step out of approval mode. Instead pre-approve and focus on supporting your people.

2. Make your people feel good

Make this the focus of your management team

3,. Give freedom with clear guidelines

People want to know what is expected of them. But they want freedom to find the best way to achieve their goals.

4. Be open and transparent

More information means people can take responsibility and ownership.

5. Recruit for attitude, train for skill

Instead of qualifications and experience, recruit on attitude and potential ability.

6. Celebrate mistakes

Create a truly no-blame culture, to enable people to innovate without fear.

7,. Community: create mutual benefit

Have a positive impact on the world and build your organisation too.

8. Love work, get a life

The world, and your job, needs you well rested, well nourished and well supported.

9. Select managers who are good at managing

Make sure your people are supported by somebody who is good at doing that, and find other routes for those whose strengths are elsewhere. Even better, allow people to choose their managers.

10. Play to your strengths

Make sure your people spend most of their time doing what they are best at.

Henry StewartAbout the Author

Henry Stewart is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of London-based learning provider Happy Ltd. Happy was rated one of the top 20 workplaces in the UK for 5 successive years and now helps other organisations create happy workplaces.

Henry was listed in the Guru Radar of the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential business thinkers in the world. “He is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business,” explained list compiler Stuart Crainer.

His book, The Happy Manifesto, was published by Kogan Page in 2013 and short-listed for business book of the yearIf you want to to talk to Henry on anything you’ve read, contact him. You can find Henry on LinkedIn and follow @happyhenry on Twitter.

Henry is available to speak at your event. Call 020 7375 7300 to enquire about his availability.

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University of Salford

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