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Americans Are Failing at Happiness: GenX Women and Boomer Women Are Most Dissatisfied Good News Is that 40% of Happiness Factors Can Be Reinvented


MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 6, 2017 — The State of Our Happiness Report for 2017 shows Americans are getting a failing grade.

“Happiness in the US is on the decline. Overall, happiness is equivalent to a D+ in school,” said Chuck Bolton, the author of the study who is a reinvention coach for executives and top teams.  Fortunately, anyone can program himself or herself to be happy, if they follow the right steps.

In a recently released study, “The State of Our Happiness in 2017,” 1,461 people who took an online assessment ranked their happiness a 69% on a scale of 1-100. Assessing the 8 most important areas of life, people are most happy with family (77%) and least happy about their health and fitness (64%) and significant other (65%).  Unhappiness with money wasn’t far behind (66%).

Among the report’s key findings:

  • The biggest “bomb” was how dissatisfied women are with their partners or significant others. Sadly, this gap appears to grow as we age – a drop off of 15 points (71% to 56%).
  • The other sizable gap was happiness with money. Men were 7 points higher than women. This may be explained by the widely reported finding that even in 2016, men are the happier sex. They scored higher in happiness than women at 71% to 69%.
  • Among generational groups, Millennials were happiest at 75%. Baby Boomers followed at 69% with GenXers came last at 65%.
  • Among all respondents, Millennial females and males were tied as happiest at 75%. GenX females were least happy at 65%.

To assess your happiness, go to TheHappinessReport.com.

 The full results of the study are available in Bolton’s newly released book, ““Reinvent Your Happiness: Five Steps to Your Best Self in 2017.” On launch day, the book was ranked #1 Hot New Release on Amazon in Coaching and Mentoring category. To get the print or Kindle book, go to Amazon.

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“What the study confirms is we tolerate low levels of happiness. We’ve got a big problem that needs to be fixed,” said Bolton. “Happiness is our birthright. It’s time to reclaim it.  We know that being happy doesn’t just make us feel better and be nicer to be around, but happiness drives success, creativity and productivity. Being happier is critical to being our best selves.  Think about the price you pay when you aren’t as happy as you could be?”

Once we know our happiness levels we need to discover how to improve them.

The good news is that everyone can reinvent their own happiness. 40% of our happiness is programmable by our voluntary activities – not subject to genetics or by circumstances,” he said.  The mind-sets, new beliefs, skills and habits can positively shape our happiness and overcome what is holding us back. His new book, Reinvent Your Happiness: Five Steps to Your Best Self in 2017, shows how to do this with the Reinvention Game Plan, a step-by-step template.

“Of course, everyone is different and has their own needs. That’s why The Happiness Reinvention Game Plan can help an individual create a customized plan for getting happier,” he said.

“Like anything worthwhile, it requires work. I call it Happiness Work on your way to a Happiness Reinvention. The book provides a holistic, step-by-step map for becoming a happier person. Your Happiness Work may be the most rewarding effort you’ve ever exerted,” he said.

About Chuck Bolton

Two-time Amazon bestselling author Chuck Bolton shows CEOs and senior leaders how to reinvent themselves in a disruptive, crazy busy world so they can achieve happiness, success and maximum impact.

He’s the president of The Bolton Group LLC, an executive development firm headquartered in Minneapolis. He helps clients reinvent how they lead, become exceptional leaders and achieve remarkable results. He shows top executive teams how to reinvent themselves so they can perform, create great value and win.

Chuck has coached and consulted more than 1,000 executives and assessed over 100 top teams in US, Canada, Europe and Israel. Several clients are award winners including: a CEO who is co-winner of the Nobel prize; a senior vice president who was Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s “Woman of the Year” in commercial real estate and a CEO named the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year.”

He’s spoken at Harvard Business School and works with leaders at Abbott, Baxter, Boston Scientific, Cantel Medical, CR Bard, Hewlett-Packard, Medtronic, Optum, Quintiles, UnitedHealthcare and many more.

Chuck loves inspiring others to reinvent themselves so they can become their best and make a difference in the world.

For information go to: http://theboltongroup.com

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Chuck Bolton

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Chuck Bolton’s New Book Reaches Bestseller Status: The Reinvented Me: Five Steps to Happiness in a Crazy Busy World


MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — It’s a universal desire to experience a happy and successful life, but in today’s crazy busy world, both seem more elusive. A new study by Minneapolis business coach Chuck Bolton shows happiness in the US is on the decline.

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“We are too busy, distracted and living unhealthy lives that we forego our happiness. But it doesn’t have to be that way,” said CEO coach and bestselling author Bolton who shares a holistic system for reinventing your happiness in his new book, The Reinvented Me: Five Steps to Happiness in a Crazy Busy World, released on December 28, 2015.

“Forty percent of your happiness is based on your voluntary actions – driven by your thoughts and behaviors. And it’s your birthright to be happy,” he said.

“Findings in the field of neuroscience prove the brain is malleable and you can reinvent how you think and behave in order to increase your happiness. We’re hardwired to perform our best when we’re happy,” he said.

Bolton’s Rules for Applying the Five Steps to Happiness in the C-Suite:

  1. Reinvent your mindset
  2. Reinvigorate your relationships
  3. Develop the eight happiness skills
  4. Reclaim your energy, then your time
  5. Reinvent by training, not just trying.

“If people follow these five steps, they will be on the road to living an intentional, purposeful life, raising your happiness level and raising your success,” he said.

Within the book, Bolton describes the conflict between the Repeater (our lesser self) and the Reinventor (our higher self) we each fight within.  Bolton shares step-by-step the techniques to reinvent your happiness and become successful.  Executives who want to be happier will  discover:

  • How to use the Wheel of Happiness to assess and monitor your happiness
  • How to choose sustained happiness by designing The Purposeful Life
  • The single step that accounts for nearly 70% of happiness
  • Five ways to strengthen your relationships for greater happiness
  • The question you must ask daily that can increase happiness by 25%
  • How to leverage and renew the four sources of energy for maximum happiness
  • How to tap the 8 key happiness skills everyone must master
  • How to identify and defeat the silent adversary that seeks to derail your happiness
  • How to create a Happiness Reinvention Game Plan to make the next 12 months your happiest ever
  • And many other tips and ideas to reinvent your happiness and help you flourish

People can find their own level of happiness by taking the free Happiness Report at www.TheHappinessReport.com

About Chuck Bolton

Bestselling author Chuck Bolton shows CEOs and senior leaders how to reinvent themselves in a disruptive, crazy busy world so they can achieve happiness, success and maximum impact.

He’s the president of The Bolton Group LLC, an executive development firm headquartered in Minneapolis. He helps his clients reinvent how they lead, become exceptional leaders and achieve remarkable results.  He shows top executive teams how to reinvent themselves so they can perform, create great value and win.

Chuck has coached and consulted with more than 1,000 executives and assessed over 100 top teams in the US, Canada, Europe and Israel.  Several clients are award winners including:  a CEO who is co-winner of the Nobel prize; a senior vice president who was the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal “Woman of the Year” in commercial real estate and a CEO named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

He’s spoken at Harvard Business School and works with leaders at Abbott, Baxter, Boston Scientific, Cantel Medical, CR Bard, Hewlett-Packard, Medtronic, Optum, Quintiles, UnitedHealthcare and many more.

The Reinvented Me: Five Steps to Happiness in a Crazy Busy World is the second in a series of books about reinvention.  In February of 2015, he released The Reinvented Leader: Five Critical Steps to Becoming Your Best.  That book reached bestseller status on Amazon and remains the #2 rated book in two Amazon categories.

Chuck loves inspiring others to reinvent themselves so they can become their best and make a difference in the world.

For more information go to: http://theboltongroup.com

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Which Pain Will You Choose? The Pain of Discipline or Regret?


In The Reinvented Leader, author Chuck Bolton shares the wisdom and tools he has developed from working with more than 1,000 executives and 100 top leadership teams. Like Pat Lencioni and Ram Charan, Bolton sees patterns while working across many organizations and industries. He has become adept at recognizing patterns that are a multiplier for productivity and career development, as well as patterns that are destructive. Pros like Bolton are invaluable since they bring essential learnings and proven tools to accelerate change and positive growth to individuals and organizations.
In this book, Bolton focuses on the five critical steps to becoming your best, all you can be. These include mindset, energy, robust relationships, the right stuff, and training vs trying.But before Bolton gets into each of these five steps, he challenges the reader by asking the question, “Why Reinvention?” And he responds with two very provocative quotes:

  • “Which pain will you choose? The pain of discipline or the pain of regret? It’s not just for you. What will you do with your life that will last forever? It’s your time.” —Jim Rohn
  • “People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting-in instead of standing out.” —Warren Bennis

Reinvention is to consciously transform how you operate, connect and lead so you can stay relevant, energized and create maximum value in whatever you choose to do. To do this, consider your:

  • Mindset – Bolton challenges the reader with fundamental questions: What are your beliefs? Are they limiting or empowering? What is your “why”?
  • Energy, then time – Are you harnessing your energy which springs from four sources—spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical? Leaders take care of their own energy and help boost the energy of those around them. Energy is key to concentration, clarity, creativity, and thought-ful decision-making. Bolton provides tips and solutions for evaluating your routine and for increasing your energy.
  • Robust relationships – Who are the people critical to your success? How do you nurture these relationships, and those of people who are less critical? Do you have a people plan? How do you connect, show empathy, generosity, intimacy and yes, vulnerability?

“Emotional distance is growing today and critical relationships are becoming fewer and more fragile,” writes Bolton. He offers seven ways to increase your relationship capital (the W-5, the 90-second rule, and more)

  • The Right Stuff – What is your story? Are you a life-long learner? Do you get feedback? Give feedback? What do leaders view as the “right stuff” required for the 21st century?  Inspirational leadership, exceptional team-building, unimpeachable integrity, clear communication, compelling vision, customer obsession. Where do you need to grow?
  • Training versus Trying – Knowledge does not equal change. We overestimate what we can do by trying and we underestimate what we can do by training. Are you in training? Do you have deliberate practices for creating new habits, building new skills? Transformation comes with disciplined training.

The Reinvented Leader is a call to action for developing our leadership potential. Today, the world is begging for trust-based inspirational leadership. The need is great since we are suffering from mediocrity in leadership.

Whether we realize it or not, we are all leaders. This book is for everyone. Reinvent and reach your leadership potential. It will make you unstoppable and willgive you a competitive advantage in whatever you do.

Don’t judge this book superficially. Read it. The Reinvented Leader was not published by a major publishing house. But don’t let that fool you as it is better than most books released by major publishing houses.

I highly recommend this book. It is filled with great content and the author also provides numerous links to helpful web-based information, some of which he created.

BOOK REVIEW: The Reinvented Leader: Five Critical Steps to Becoming Your Best, by Chuck Bolton (Paperback) BY THOMAS M. LOARIE, as reviewed by The Catholic Business Journal on April 14, 2015. https://catholicbusinessjournal.biz/content/which-pain-will-you-choose-pain-discipline-or-pain-regret

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Thomas M. Loarie is a seasoned and pioneering CEO in the medical device field and a senior columnist and editorial advisor for Catholic Business Journal. For a more robust bio click here:  http://catholicbusinessjournal.biz/content/thomas-m-loarie-0 .

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Successful 21s Century CEOs Are Exceptional Team Builders


“What are the characteristics that are a must for successful CEOs in the 21st century?” I recently asked that question of CEOs. With over 100 CEOs from 10 countries responding, here’s our top 5 list of 21st century CEO characteristics:

1. Inspirational Leadership
2. Exceptional Team Builder
3. Unimpeachable Integrity
4. Clear Communicator
5. Compelling Visionary

The second most mentioned characteristic by our respondents was Exceptional Team Builder. It takes a team of unified, committed, capable professionals to create and market innovative products and services your customers will love. Great 21st CEOs know how to build a high performing team. How do you do it?

There are three conditions of top team performance that need attention for the team to fly: 1. Creating Clarity, 2. Building Capabilities; and 3. Increasing Commitment.

Creating clarity means becoming explicit about the purpose, direction, values and the desired results of the business and for the top team. It addresses the norms of behavior, how information is shared, decisions are made and how conflict is raised and resolved.

Top teams continually grow their capabilities both individually as team members and collectively. Capability building includes developing the skill and will of each team member to talk straight, give and receive feedback and collaborate collegially.

As clarity is created and capabilities are increased, and attention is paced on building solid mutual relationships, commitment increases, trust increases and a belief emerges that when it’s time for the top team to work together, the team can and will operate in a way that will drive a superior outcome.

Who is the most important individual in determining the team’s success? It’s you! As CEO do you stack the deck for a great team performance, by ensuring the conditions are in place that increase the probability the group of direct reports will transform into an extraordinary top team and be sustainable?

So on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the performance of your top team today? Where should it be? If it is not a 9 or 10, what would be the benefit if it became a 9 or 10? What’s the price you pay without it being a 9 or 10?

An extraordinary top team is a very powerful competitive advantage that cannot be duplicated. Are you committed to becoming an exceptional team builder?

How’s Your Integrity? 21st Century CEO Success Characteristics


I recently polled CEOs, asking the question: “What are the characteristics that are a must for successful CEOs in the 21st century?” Responses were received from CEOS and C-suite leaders from over 10 countries. Our top 5 list of 21st century CEO characteristics includes:

1. Inspirational Leadership
2. Exceptional Team Builder
3. Unimpeachable Integrity
4. Clear Communicator
5. Compelling Visionary

Unimpeachable Integrity was the 3rd leading vote getter, receiving 66 mentions and can be described by honesty, operating ethically, having a strong moral compass, demonstrating personal accountability and showing the courage to always do what is right. Given the environment, It was no surprise to see Unimpeachable Integrity make the top 5 list.

Earlier this year, the Edelman Trust Barometer reported that only 38% trust information about a company that comes from a CEO, down from 50% last year and the biggest drop since Edelman started doing their survey 12 years ago.

Another poll conducted by Weber Shandwick showed that only 14% of American executives hold a positive view of chief executives. This estimate is probably even lower among among the general public.

So it is time for a reset of CEO reputations and CEO brands. What can CEOs do to demonstrate unimpeachable integrity? More than anyone else at the firm, it’s the CEO who needs to create trust. Trust is a function of both capability – your skills, results and track record — and character. Character has to do with your integrity, your motives and your intent with others. So how’s your capability, the level of trust you create and your integrity?

And as CEO, are you explicit about your values? The core values you’d fall on the sword for? Put another way, if you had to put your top 5 values on a t-shirt and wear that t shirt around the office, could you credibly do it?

Have you explicitly defined the emotional experiences you’d like others to experience when you interact with them? Creating positive emotional experiences for others is critical in building trust and reputation. And it is important for your personal brand, just as it is in building the brand of your company and its products and services.

Make your values explicit and walk the talk. Define intended emotional experiences for others and hold yourself accountable to these behaviors. Talk straight and do what’s right. These are all keys for demonstrating unimpeachable integrity. So, if you graded yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, what’s the level of trust you create? What’s the level of integrity you demonstrate?