One of the world's best known positive psychologists, Tal investigates the relationship between happiness, leadership and success. A self-proclaimed "recovering perfectionist", Tal challenges the common assumption that success leads to happiness. He taught the largest course at Harvard on “Positive Psychology” and the third largest on “The Psychology of Leadership”. His international best-sellers Happier and Being Happy demonstrate that we all share some of the same common obstacles to reaching happiness. Currently Ben-Shahar consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations.
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1. Your latest book talks about leaders today being overworked and overwhelmed. What are the factors that are contributing to this situation?
There are a lot of factors that drive feeling overworked and overwhelmed which, I think, can be boiled down into two overarching trends. The first is that most leaders and professionals are operating in a “do more with less” environment. This started in earnest with the Financial Crisis of 2008 and continues today. The second is the 24/7 approach to work that’s enabled by the supercomputers we carry in our pockets that are masquerading as phones. They enable us to be connected to our work at all hours of the day and night and, for many people, have evaporated any boundaries they used to have in their lives. When you put the two trends together, they create the perfect conditions for feeling overworked and overwhelmed.