Alex makes people happy at work. No, really, he does!
He speaks and consults in businesses all over the world, showing executives, managers and employees how to change workplaces from dreary and stressful to more fun, energized and happy. And profitable!
Over the last 4 years, I must have read some 3-400 books related to happiness at work, and the ones listed here are the ones that have truly inspired me, moved me and made me think. They’re also all well written and a pleasure to read. Enjoy!
- Hal Rosenbluth: The Customer Comes Second by Diane Mcferrin Peters
(business books, management, management / leadership, science)
"The story of a company that put its employees first and got amazing results from it."
- The Inner Game Of Work by W. Timothy Gallwey
(business books, health)
"The most inspiring approach to learning at work I have ever seen."
- Open Space Technology by Harrison Owen
(management / leadership, business books)
"Explains Open Space Meetings - the most insanely efficient and fun meeting form I have ever tried. For 10-1000 people. From 3 hours to 5 days."
- The Answer To How Is Yes by Peter Block
(business books, motivational, management / leadership, health, success, self-help)
"Whenever we start a new project, most of us go straight to “How?” But the right place to start is to ask “Why?” If you can’t find a reason that makes you go “Yes!” you probably shouldn’t do it."
- Nuts! by Jackie Freiberg
(biography, business books, careers, management, management / leadership, nonfiction)
"The story of Southwest Airlines, one of the happiest and most successful companies I know. A classic book!"
- Change By Paul Watzlawick:
"When do people change and when do they actively resist change? This book has some amazing knowledge on the paradoxical nature of personal change. One of my all-time favorites."
- Non Zero By Robert Wright
(history, nonfiction, science)
"The world is becoming better and better. It pays to be nice. Those who cooperate are more efficient than those who compete. This book has many positive messages, all backed up by science. It’s also a great read."
- The Seven-day Weekend: Changing The Way Work Works by Ricardo Semler
(business books, management, management / leadership)
"The story of Semco, the Brazilian company where workers choose their own salaries, work hours and managers. If you only read one book about happiness at work, make it this one."
- The Lazy Way To Success: How To Do Nothing And Accomplish Everything by Fred Gratzon
(business books, children books, IT books, food and cooking, health, history, literature and fiction, mystery and thrillers, nonfiction, parenting, religion and spirituality, romance, science, teens)
"If work feels hard, you’re not doing it right. Fred Gratzon, entrepreneur and millionaire, explains why it always pays to be lazy."
- Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman
(health, happiness, self-help)
"Seligman explains Positive Psychology, why positive people lead better lives and how to learn to be positive."
- Happiness, Lessons From A New Science by Richard Layard
(health, happiness, self-help)
"How could you run a nation, based on making people as happy as possible? Interestingy, Layard is currently advising British politicians on this."
- The Appreciative Inquiry Handbook by Diana Whitney and Jacqueline Stavros
(management, management / leadership, business books)
"Appreciative Inquiry is the most efficient tool I know for creating efficient, positive change in organizations and this book explains it simply."
- Love Is The Killer App, How To Win Business And Influence Friends by Tim Sanders
(business books, motivational, management / leadership)
"Explains why love, not greed or fear, is the most powerful force in business."
- The Story Factor by Annette Simmons
(communications, business books, literature and fiction)
"The best book I know about applying storytelling in the business world."
- Happy Mondays by Richard Reeves
(motivational, business books, careers, management / leadership, success, self-help, health)
"You would never accept a romantic relationship that was “sort of OK? or stay with a spouse who is “you know, nothing special, but I’m used to him/her?. So why should you accept anything less than true fulfillment on the job?"
- No Contest By Alfie Kohn
(business books, health, success, self-help, nonfiction, science)
"Competition is everywhere in the business world, but contrary to popular belief, competition makes us less efficient and less happy."
Why should you listen to him?
Alex is the world’s leading expert on happiness at work. He has long known that happiness at work is the most important factor that contributes to good careers, happy lives and business success.
He is a speaker, consultant and author, presenting and conducting workshops on happiness at work at businesses and conferences all over the world. His previous clients include companies like Hilton, DaimlerChrysler and IBM.
His clients especially appreciate his unlimited energy, his dedication to happiness at work and his ability to keep his message simple and practical and fun.
Alex has a masters degree in computer science from The University of Southern Denmark, and was a co-founder of Enterprise Systems – a truly happy IT company.
Alex is the author of Happy Hour is 9 to 5 - How to Love Your Job, Love Your Life and Kick Butt at Work. The book has been extremely well received all over the world. David Maister called it “very, very good” and “extremely well written.” But the praise that Alex appreciates the most came from Anna Farmery, who said that “reading the book makes me happy and gives me faith that we can create great workplaces.”
Alex also writes about happiness at work on this blog, which is read by thousands of people every day.
And in case your wondering, his last name (Kjerulf) is pronounced a little like care-oolf.