The Happy Manifesto: 10 Steps to a Great Workplace

The Happy Manifesto, my call for change in the way we work, has now been published. I’ve tried to get the message across as succinctly as possible (just 128 pages) but for those who want a quick summary, here are the 10 key points – each covered with examples and stories in the book:

1.  Trust Your People

Step out of approval. Instead pre-approve and focus on supporting your people.

2.   Make Your People Feel Good

Make this the focus of management

3.  Give Freedom within Clear Guidelines

People want to know what is expected of them. But they want freedom to find the best way to achieve their goals.

4.  Be Open and Transparent

More information means people can take responsibility and ownership.

5.  Recruit for Attitude, Train for Skill

Instead of qualifications and experience, recruit on attitude and potential ability.

6.  Celebrate Mistakes

Create a truly no-blame culture, to enable people to innovate without fear

7.  Community: Create Mutual Benefit

Have a positive impact on the world and build your organisation too

8.  Love Work, Get a Life

The world, and your job, needs you well rested, well nourished and well supported.

9.  Select Managers Who are Good at Managing

Make sure your people are supported by somebody who is good at doing that, and find other routes for those whose strengths are elsewhere. Even better, allow people to choose their managers.

10.  Play to Your Strengths

Make sure your people spend most of their time doing what they are best at.

When I first published this list I had just 9 points. But my good friend Clive Hutchinson, of Cougar Automation, complained that I had missed out the most important thing we taught them – to make sure you’ve got your people doing what they are best at. So now there are ten points. (Which also explains, in case you wonder when you read the book, why all the other points have a chapter on them but this one doesn’t!)

Download Your Copy from the Happy Manifesto website

5 responses to “The Happy Manifesto: 10 Steps to a Great Workplace”

  1. Hello,

    I run the publishing activity of the French association Génération Présence. We would be interested in publishing your books in French. Are the rights still free for French translation ?

  2. Veronique

    I am delighted with your request. I certainly would like to see the Happy Manifesto republished around the world. The UK edition is set to be republished by a UK publishing house in Autumn 2012. I will check with them on their plans and then get back to you offline.

    best wishes


  3. Henry … and Nigel … thanks for sending the info over …. totally agree with and love all the principles …. We certainly live by them here at Bromford (OK so nothing is ever perfect and its always a journey…. but one definately worth being on)…. If your considering joining Henry on this journey having worked with him and his team before I think youll have a great ….and rewarding experience.. Helena

  4. Doing some thinking about a Great Workplace …. Harvard Management Update
    3/99 – based on a Gallup Study – provided 9 steps. I am eager to compare with yours.


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