Nice guys finish last is a saying you have probably heard many times throughout your life, but is it true? I’d love to know who comes out with these types of sayings.
Recently I was lucky enough to meet former NHL player and 2016 NHL All-Star MVP John Scott in Toronto. He was open, honest and didn’t try to tell me what I wanted to hear or talk himself up. We talked for about 20 minutes about each other’s families and our lives, inside and out of our professions. Even though John was able to move his way up the hockey ranks, he had to deal with many hurdles and fight to overcome them. He told me that he was able to do this by being true to himself, being a nice guy and doing the best he could.
This is similar to the way I like to live. I am an easygoing guy but know when to be firm and to stick to my beliefs. I never want to burn any bridges and have been able to grow strong relationships with co-workers as well as my clients. Recently, I met up with an old colleague for lunch to catch up and see how he was doing. He had found a great new job and wanted to partner with my company for some upcoming jobs. He said that he was comfortable partnering with me because I was a nice guy and we had always worked great together. This was not the first time something like this has happened. I believe that it’s because of the relationships I have made by being an honest and kind person.
Hopefully this is true for other people who are similar to John and myself and proof that nice guys don’t have to finish last.
The other day, I was chatting with a business associate, and he started talking about his daughter’s internship and how much she was enjoying her job. The company she works for (Happy Melly) helps businesses find happiness in the workplace. I later went to their website, read some of their blogs and listened to a few podcasts. What an interesting concept!
Employers and employees are so caught up in getting the job done, that they lose focus on what is important – enjoying life. Happy Melly shares stories of how people are becoming happier, more engaged and more productive at work.
Here are some thoughts I had that can be shared with all employees in the workplace:
- Start of the workday quote
- Mid-day daily joke
- Half time intermission – e.g. Play some interactive music or play games such as ping pong, air hockey etc.
- The 7th inning stretch – e.g. Step away from your office for a late afternoon back stretch
Some phrases from Happy Melly’s podcast:
- Philosophy and leadership are deeply rooted
- New ways of approaching business are emerging
- Working together, we can grow both our collective business objective and our individual ones
- Work at play and play at work
- The human project is about making businesses more human
- We are getting serious about happiness
- Loving your job becomes the new standard and not the exception
Most mission statements are used to communicate the purpose of an organization. I think every organization should have a mission statement with an ending sentence that also includes achieving happiness for all staff.