Insights About Leadership, Happiness and the Future From Arianna Huffington, Will.i.am and Other Global Thought Leaders

Insights About Leadership, Happiness and the Future From Arianna Huffington, Will.i.am and Other Global Thought Leaders

Visionaries gathered at the World Government Summit in Dubai grappled with how to harness the power of technology without letting it overpower our humanity. We are all constantly consumed by work and tasks, which results in many employees working themselves into depression and exhaustion. This has to change. Here are 10 insights from summit speakers: Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global “We are working in a world where to be constantly "switched on" is rewarded, where burnout equals success, where we forget to recharge ourselves but not our phones, where we take better care of our devices than ourselves, a world where we are losing sleep and our humanity -- and this is clearly not working. In India, almost 70 percent of students have access to a smartphone. Finally, we need to gift students a love of learning, rather than learning through fear of exams, by developing high-quality, engaging and accessible education.” Nisha Jagtiani, Group Director and board member of Landmark Group, exclusive partner of the Global Dialogue for Happiness “Whether you’re a small or large organization, you have an obligation to make a difference in the community -- it all starts with a purpose. The happiness movement lies in its ability to connect with every employee. Small interventions that improve happiness in the workplace have been proved to increase productivity by up to 30 percent. There are four ways in which you can increase your job satisfaction and engagement: by improving work-life balance, by getting essential skills training, by gaining autonomy and, most importantly, by improving the relationship with your superiors.” Goldie Hawn, actress and founder of The Hawn Foundation "You have a choice to look at the glass half full or the glass half empty...If you look at the potential of that glass half full and think about it for a minute, it would change the way your brain fires -- and change how your neurons wire together. People don’t follow leaders, they follow the purpose.

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Visionaries gathered at the World Government Summit in Dubai grappled with how to harness the power of technology without letting it overpower our humanity.

Insights About Leadership, Happiness and the Future From Arianna Huffington, Will.i.am and Other Global Thought Leaders

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The way we work has changed and as a result, the way we lead must, too. People have more communication tools but less time free from distraction. We are all constantly consumed by work and tasks, which results in many employees working themselves into depression and exhaustion. This has to change. It’s not healthy, it doesn’t contribute to a more effective workday and data shows that it’s bad for business.

Early this month I attended the World Government Summit in Dubai. The summit had some amazing leaders in various industries speaking and hosting workshops about happiness, mindfulness, leadership and creating the workplaces of the future. Here are 10 insights from summit speakers:

Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global

“We are working in a world where to be constantly “switched on” is rewarded, where burnout equals success, where we forget to recharge ourselves but not our phones, where we take better care of our devices than ourselves, a world where we are losing sleep and our humanity — and this is clearly not working. The idea is to fundamentally change the culture we have created that glamorizes people who are all the time switched on and connected rather than those that have their priorities right and prefer to spend time with their children or themselves; and let’s face it, who knows how best to create such a world better than women.”

Will.i.am., founder of the band Black Eyed Peas and STEM education advocate

“Creating lifelong learners is critical in this century when it is predicted that 65 percent of current students will go into jobs that do not currently exist. We can overcome the issue of access through the use of smartphones. In India, almost 70 percent of students have access to a smartphone. When it comes to addressing personalization, we need to look at how each student learns. This is not possible in the classroom but can be captured on a platform, on which a student profile can be built. Finally, we need to gift students a love of learning, rather than learning through fear of exams, by developing high-quality, engaging and accessible education.”

Nisha Jagtiani, Group Director and board member of Landmark Group, exclusive partner of…

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