Do you have a happy boss? Does that make your life a little easier?
First, the boss can also be a metaphor for the customer. It could also be applicable to members of the board of directors or other stakeholders.
Are you making them happy?
Often, everyone is working hard to satisfy the boss. In simple terms, that is what you do, yet is everyone happy?
It is unlikely that in every circumstance or every situation especially when you consider the huge potential for varying degrees of satisfaction, that everyone will be happy.
Does that make it all, OK?
Probably for most circumstances we would say no.
Working to please the unpleased, or the uneasy to please is a battle you take on nearly every day.
It is a metric of sorts. Outside of varying degrees of subjectivity, it is a binary situation. Satisfied or not satisfied. Happy or not happy.
What usually happens next is that it is used as a guide. Create more happiness by achieving improved results.
Your attitude may have much to do with the long-term outcomes. So will the ease or the lack thereof, in satisfying the boss.
When you are working towards creating happiness, you’ll likely find more of it. There is simply less room for the unhappy. Even for the chronically unhappy.
It is a circumstance that, when created, becomes easier to find the energy reserves to achieve. You may also discover that a happy boss always makes your life easier.
You get to choose the approach.
It even works in your personal life.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.