Here's a real treat for loyal readers: a heated, 20-minute free-for-all discussion about happy employees. The question: Are they more or less productive? A recent survey from Leadership IQ suggests the latter. And, I agree!
Download the link and listen as I positively skewer Michael Dresner, CEO of Brand² Squared Licensing, the strategic licensing division at Peppercom
Michael believes happiness is more important than productivity. And, as you'll hear, his loyal employees, Dame Heather Rosenthal and the Baroness Alana Schnee, agree (yet, neither seem very happy. JK, ladies. JK).
My co-host, Deb 'Kangoo' Brown joins in the fray as do a few other Peppercom employees who are neither happy nor productive (again, JK guys. JK).
Anyway, see what you think. Am I right in believing that toxic cultures such as those at Goldman Sachs and Yahoo are just as successful as the warm and fuzzy ones found at Zappos and G.S. Schwartz? And, that making everyone happy at the expense of accountability and productivity is a one-way ticket to Palookaville?
I'd love to hear your thoughts. Enjoy!