The Happiness Advantage

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The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work | [Shawn Achor]

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

Narrated by Shawn Achor
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Publisher's Summary

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Our most commonly held formula for success is broken.

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.

In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG - to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.

Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential.

©2010 Shawn Achor (P)2010 Random House Audio


What it really means to be a "server" admin

I'm working today on a project for a client, and it struck me just how much more technology goes into working on a server, than the server itself. Without even getting into the the application(s) I'm using on the remote server, I thought it might be [mildly] amusing to share a snapshot of the different layers I'm working through today.

Click to zoom

I don't -- fortunately -- have to touch all of these tiers/technologies directly, and it could be a little simpler (what can I say, Windows 8 is more fun to use on my MacBook hardware than on my HP mobile workstation), but this is all that goes into how I'm getting my work done today. 


On my way to the new MCSE!

I checked prometric over the weekend and was thrilled to find I passed both of the free Microsoft exams I took at MMS 2012.

071-247 : Configuring & Deploying a Private Cloud w/ System Center 2012

071-246 : Monitoring & Operating a Private Cloud w/ System Center 2012

Now I have only  a few steps reimaining to complete my new and improved MCSE.

If you're interested in more information on the new, revived MCSE certification programs, check out: 


Best of MMS 2012

We recently hosted a Best of MMS 2012 recap event, and here are the highlights:


Serverquarium at MMS 2012

The Hand-On Labs at MMS 2012 are one of the most impressive real-world demonstrations of Private Cloud possibilities.

Built on HP Virtual System and Microsoft System Center, the MMS 2012 Hands On Labs (HOL) provides:

  • 650 Total Lab Stations
  • Every 90 Minutes, 1,200 VMs will be created in less than 10 Minutes for the 400 Classroom Stations
  • Virtual Machine Sets Range from 1 – 6 VMs Per Lab Topic
  • Expected Average Concurrent VMs: 1,950
  • Expected Total VMs Created and Used During this week: 19,000+ 

These “Serverquarium” systems are running HP VirtualSystem VS3 with ProLiant BL460 blades and 3PAR storage.

Each tiny blinking light in the 3PAR storage cabinet represents a 146GB SAS spindle.

Feel free to contact me directly for any more information about the HP VirtualSystem series, FlexFabric, Hyper-V, System Center, etc.

Serverquarium "compute" rack of blades

Serverquarium storage rack

HP VirtualSystem website:

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