Happiness, purpose, and resilience at work

Reflect on your state of happiness and resilience


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Work has become an increasingly important part of our lives. It significantly affects our well-being, as we dedicate more and more time to the business we are in, both inside and outside of our jobs. Similarly, our expectations of work have also multiplied. We seek passion, meaning, fulfillment - and at the end of the day we want our work to make us feel proud. We want personal growth, a career, and respectful relationships that are built on trust. Our expectations sometimes may feel irreconcilable, and with the increasing pressure to perform to higher standards, it is inevitable that we feel stressed and worry about our effectiveness. It is time that we learn to be happy, rather than continue to accumulate stress and overwhelming pressure.

We offer this one-day seminar as an opportunity for participants to reflect on their state of happiness and fulfillment, and to explore methods that will help enhance their overall personal well-being. We also want to demonstrate approaches that will serve to strengthen resilience toward stress, and to better prepare participants to deal with potential frustration and disappointment they may encounter.

Our program is based on the most recent research on happiness, which shows that happiness is more dependent upon our approach to life and work, rather than the environment in which we work. This one-day seminar will delve into the link between happiness and purpose, which is particularly relevant for the workplace. In addition to the program’s focus on ways to increase happiness levels, there will be discussions on the latest research findings on resilience and stress management.


Target audience

Managers who want to understand the roles of happiness, sense of purpose, and resilience in the workplace.

Key benefits

  • Reflect on and discuss various factors of happiness
  • Evaluate fulfillment at work
  • Strengthen overall resilience


Key topics

  • The latest results from research on happiness – recommendations for a better life
  • Happiness at work – reflection and discussion on selected concepts and findings
  • Happiness and purpose – exploration of the link and implications between our values and plans
  • Building up resilience and stress management


"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven."
                                                                 (John Milton)


Meet the staff

Happiness, purpose, and resilience at work

6. Jun 2018
1 Day
1,200 €

Bülent Gögdün (Program Director)
Program Director and Head of Practice Group Technology-Based Industries, ESMT Berlin

Bülent Gögdün focuses at ESMT Berlin on technology-based industries and executive coaching. Having studied mechanical engineering, Bülent enjoys working with technology companies. His four years of work experience as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group triggered a personal search for alternative consulting approaches to support the development of executives and organizations. Today, he strongly believes in coaching as one of the most effective leadership development tools. He has continually participated in professional training in this field.

In addition to his work as program director and coach, Bülent acts as an educational consultant supporting clients with their strategy development challenges and change management efforts.


Nora Grasselli 
Program Director and Head of Practice Group Technology-Based Industries, ESMT Berlin

Nora pursues her academic interest in group dynamics, leadership, and organizational psychodynamics. She studied management, with a focus on organization, and completed her PhD on group dynamics at HEC Paris. During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

Prior to joining ESMT, Nora was a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, where she consulted for multinational corporations on organizational issues. She also worked as a lecturer for MBA and executive programs at various business schools including HEC Paris, Saïd Business School (Oxford), Reims Management School, and the Central European University.


Konstantin Korotov
Associate professor of organizational behavior and the director of the ESMT Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR), ESMT Berlin

Konstantin Korotov is an associate professor of organizational behavior and the director of the ESMT Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR), which he co-founded with Professor Manfred Kets de Vries. In addition to his academic work, he has more than 20 years of practical management and leadership development experience in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Konstantin conducts research on leadership development, leadership coaching, careers, and executive education. He has authored, co-authored, and coedited six books and multiple academic and practitioner articles, business cases, and book chapters on leadership development and executive coaching. He has won multiple awards for his case studies, articles, and teaching excellence. Konstantin is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. Additionally, he is the founder of the ESMT Coaching Colloquia series – premier professional development events for the world’s leading executive coaches.