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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 […]

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.                   “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: Reinvent your mindset Reinvigorate your relationships Develop the eight happiness skills Reclaim your energy, then your time Reinvent by […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]