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Chief Joy Officer

Chief Joy Officer

Richard Sheridan

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Joyless cultures are ultimately doomed to mediocrity.



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Making Passion a Central Focus

Making Passion a Central Focus

Inspire team members' passion by ensuring people find deep meaning, purpose and opportunity to use their strengths in their work. Enable them to contribute to projects that genuinely matter.

Passion is the rocket fuel that drives astonishing effort, creativity, innovation and commitment. It cannot be faked or forced. When passion is alive, excellence follows.


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Leading with Boundless Positive Energy

Leading with Boundless Positive Energy

  • Model and embody boundless energy, optimism, enthusiasm and zest.
  • When leaders clearly love what they do and find joy in the journey, it spreads.
  • Share excitement authentically. Bring an upbeat spirit of fun and liveliness to all interactions, even challenges.
  • People flourish under dynamic optimism.


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Obsessing Over Serving People

Obsessing Over Serving People

Show that your organization is deeply obsessed with understanding, serving and creating amazing experiences for people - both your team members and external customers/partners.

Make every human interaction uplifting. People crave working at places with caring, human-centered cultures.


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Adding Small Touches of Delight and Appreciation

Adding Small Touches of Delight and Appreciation

  • Delight people through small bursts of surprise, authentic appreciation and celebration.
  • Send handwritten thank you notes, impromptu treats, personalized gestures of recognition.
  • Thoughtfulness multiplies reciprocal joy. People remember how you made them feel.


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Promoting Holistic Wellbeing

Promoting Holistic Wellbeing

Proactively support mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health and balance. Operate with care, flexibility and humanity.

Encourage self-care, development, and managing energy. Healthy environments liberate engagement and multiply productivity.


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Enabling Authentic Self-Expression

Enabling Authentic Self-Expression

Let team members shine as their authentic selves. Foster trust that people will not be punished or judged for harmless self-expression.

Channel their unique passions and strengths. Personality diversity elevates collaboration when embraced. 


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Building Bonds of Community

Building Bonds of Community

  • Intentionally strengthen interpersonal bonds and a sense of community among team members.
  • Facilitate relationships through offsites, breaks together, group activities, mentorship.
  • Nurture care and belonging. Social needs are as critical as professional ones.


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Aligning Values and Practices

Aligning Values and Practices

Walk the talk. Make espoused values like integrity, care and transparency real in all practices. Hypocrisy instantly destroys engagement and morale.

Do the right thing for people, partners and society - beyond profits. Ethics bring purpose.


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In Chief Joy Officer, business guru Tom Peters makes the case that spreading workplace joy, passion and meaning is the ultimate leadership responsibility. He argues this mindset drives excellence and profitability.

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