TRAVEL WORK COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY KIRSI-MARJA KAUPPALA PROFESSOR PEKKA HIMANEN is an internationally renowned researcher and lecturer on the information age. One of his best-known works to date is 2001's The Hacker Ethic (Random House). Currently, he's a professor at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, a visiting professor at Oxford University and the IN3 Institute in Barcelona, and a principal scientist at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology. WORKING TOWARDS HAPPINESS hen was the last time you Himanen. "Trust creates security that were genuinely enthusiastic brings up creativity and unleashes at work? What about the potential." last time you gave words of And what creates a feeling of trust? A encouragement or positive feedback to fair work culture, says Himanen. your colleagues? If you can't remember, try According to the Finnish professor, offering some praise to one of your colopen and equal communication creates leagues. You may be an equal and creative surprised by how work community. A uplifting it feels not superior should set an A GOOD LEADER KNOWS only for you personexample and give THAT TRUE SUCCESS ally, but also for the employees enough general job atmosfreedom to find their COMES FROM INSPIRING phere and own way to accomVALUES, NOT FINANCIAL productivity. plish common goals. Professor and A good leader TARGETS. philosopher Pekka knows that true sucHimanen has found cess comes from common denominators in the most creainspiring values, not financial targets. tive working environments around the Himanen wants to encourage business world. leaders to set ambitious and valuable Instead of encouraging competition, a goals that people want to undersign. wise leader will encourage employees to The more enthusiastic you are not recognise and help unleash the hidden only about a shared goal but also about potential in one another. your colleagues, the better the results. "A sense of trust is the most important aspect in a work community," says WWW.PEKKAHIMANEN.ORG W FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESS 1 An open mind. Be curious and gather knowledge about people and the world. Trial and error. Dare to take risks and be persistent in what you believe in. Working harder and smarter. Combine work effort, intelligence and a positive work culture. Sisu. Adopt a distinctive trait of Finnish character: Do not give up. 2 3 4 5 Being yourself. Believe in yourself and be yourself. It's a secret to both personal and business success. Source: The Finnish Miracle (Talentum, 2011) by André Noël Chaker, a French-Canadian lawyer based in Finland. ENG 16 BLUE WINGS FEBRUARY 2012
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