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The Science Behind Happiness and Engagement

In this episode, John Fitzgerald talks to Clive Hyland of The Happiness Index about his new book The Quantum Way. Clive’s book explores the science behind happiness and workplace engagement.

Having actively worked with neuroscience principles in his coaching business over the last 16 years, Clive explains why we should never underestimate the impact of workplace happiness on staff performance.

Find out more about The Happiness Index here.

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Getting in Tune with the Future

John Fitzgerald, Founder and Executive Coach at Harmonics is in the hot seat as debut guest on The Chord – a podcast dedicated to getting in tune with The Future of Work. In this episode, Mark Cahalane sits down with John to learn more about how he got to where he is today and his own perspective on the future of work. Visit www.harmonics.ie to learn more.

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Mam’s Magic Moments

My Mam passed away inside the past fortnight, she was a great age, and with the world in such a strange place, I have been reflecting on her life journey and wondering what three words any of us would use to describe our life journey to date?

In Mam’s case, it would be Faith, Hope and Charity.

Faith – She had great faith in God and prayed the Rosary fervently every day. I would call to the house in the evenings, and she would have Sally answering back the rosary. “What else have you left if you don’t have your faith?” she used to say to me. “Trust in God” was one her renowned sayings. It was a way that generation dealt with hardship. When they had little else, they had the faith to just keep on going. It’s on reflection when I considered these words. While My Mam’s generation had their faith, what have we? We might use words like ‘purpose’ and ‘resilience’ today but how much faith do we have in ourselves to overcome life’s challenges? My Mam grew up the second youngest of 8 sisters wearing hand me downs so lots of faith was needed😊

Hope – She was a beacon of hope for me in my life and always had a smile on her face. I made the wrong career decision when I left secondary school to stay at home on the farm and she could see the tensions rising each day across the dinner table between Dad and I. She also could see history repeating itself in that Dad himself never wanted to be a farmer but was the only son in the family and here I was now going to do the same thing! She got me into my first job and off I went from there. Throughout my working life, she’s been my cheerleader and since starting Harmonics, was always asking me in hope if we had won any new contracts. Two comments stand out from sympathisers at the funeral, one said, “You always felt better about yourself after leaving Chris”, while another said – “she had an infectious enthusiasm for life”. What a great legacy to leave and I wonder what words people use to describe any of us when we leave them😊

Charity -Our family home was at a cross-roads and an open-door meeting place for locals to debate sports, politics, or parish news. The kettle was always-on, and the smell of fresh tarts or scones still waft from memory each time I enter the house. My great memory of Mam is the energy she put into local community and fundraising for the parish. This generation of Mam’s had little of their own money but gave so selflessly to others. Photos were rare and for special occasions. Mam’s life was about putting the focus on those who in need instead of holding the smile to take the ‘just right Selfie’. One of my last drives with Mam was to bring her to see Dad when he was in last few weeks of life two years ago. I asked Mam would she like a 99 and her eyes lit up. My Selfie of us together was just right, the ice cream on her chin was a bonus and she laughed loudly as I snapped😊

To everyone with a Mam – Never forget to capture the Magic Moments, they won’t last forever!

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Introducing the Chord

John Fitzgerald introduces his new podcast in this trailer episode. The Chord aims to answer some of the questions about what it takes to embrace the future of work. With automation comes change and the transition to a new way of work will involve compromise on all sides. Visit www.harmonics.ie to learn more.

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Harmonics Appoints Change and Engagement Specialist

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One Big Lesson from the Leaving Cert 2021

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Harmonics Appoints Executive Search and Market Intelligence Specialist

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Factory Workers from Home?

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The THREE things impacting People MOST this year

1- How to manage through uncertainty, frequent transitions and prepare for the unknown. The brain seeks safety and certainty, it builds neural highways to shows us patterns from the past on how we managed similar situations. The world is less certain and is causing stress for many people seeking this certainty.

We need confidence to make decisions without all the data.

2- How to stay connected and foster relationships when many of us have worked in isolation for well over a year now. In a longitudinal Harvard study into lifetime happiness and satisfaction, the standout finding was that deep and long friendships have the most positive and profound impact on life outcomes.

We need to be more intentional about relationships in every part of of our lives

3- How to adapt to the rapid rise of technology as part of every work task we seek to accomplish. The rate of technology change is happening faster than our ability to cope with it. Our smart phones are picking up more data about us than we know about ourselves.

We need to develop greater self awareness our own superhuman power

Here signing books as part of Future Readiness Workshops for Leaders.

Mind your mind!

#mentalhealth #leadership #coaching

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Here’s Why Human Connection is Powerful

I met this group studying neuroscience in London 8 years ago. At the end of the first day, Clive asked did anyone want a pint. This motley crew said yes and we have become best friends since.

This group has an incredible bond of friendship built by human connection and co-coaching each other through our highs and lows.

Our group hail from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland. We have met up over a dozen times since in our host countries each year, today was a virtual meeting.

I am incredibly privileged to know these people. Our colleague Clive has just written his third and best book yet. ‘The Quantam Way’ helps us understand the science behind happiness and workplace engagement.

It’s a brilliant read and this excerpt speaks to me and the isolation felt by Covid which isn’t natural or human.

“When one tree is sick, the other trees will reduce their intake of nutrients from the soil to allow the ailing tree the chance to recover.

How do they sense this?

If you place a plant in a vacuum it will die

If you place a mammal in a vacuum, it will suffer the same fate.

Yet if you place them in the same vacuum they will both survive”