Inspired, innovative, engaged and motivated employees are what every leader wants, but many leaders don’t spend nearly enough time with their employees to generate those outcomes. Leadership IQ recently surveyed over 32,000 people and we discovered that most people spend around 3 hours per week (or less) interacting with their boss. While that may seem like a lot of time, it turns out that to shape an optimally motivated, engaged, inspired, and innovative team, leaders should spend around 6 hours per week interacting with their employees. In fact, people who spend 6 hours are 29% more inspired—30% more engaged—and 16% more innovative than people who only spend 1 hour per week interacting with their leader.
Daniel Gilbert, who will be presenting at World Business Forum New York in October, offers some insights on business and happiness.
1. In your book Stumbling on Happiness, you covered the psychological, scientific, economic and other aspects that shape our search for happiness. Tell us how the human imagination can steer us away from happiness?
All animals make “predictions” about the future. When a mouse or a pigeon or even a sea slug learns to avoid an experimenter’s electric shock, it is successfully predicting its future and taking steps to change it. Human beings use the same trick, of course, but they supplement it with a different one: Imagination. We are the animal that can simulate events in our minds and thus learn from our mistakes without actually having to make them. You don’t need to bake a liver and onion cupcake to know that doing so is a fabulously bad idea because you can imagine how it would taste.