Here is Part 2 of Arnab’s interview.
We talk in depth about his experience and what Work Happiness means to him…
Why are you interested in positive psychology and Management 3.0?
I think positive psychology is at the core of achieving joy in our lives. And considering how much time we spend at work, implementing positive psychology into our everyday work routine would seem to be important. Management 3.0 offers a stab at doing this, I believe. I don’t think it is a silver bullet, by any means. Instead, I feel that it poses the right questions in our minds to actively start tackling some of these issues. And they are highly-implementable, which is why we don’t end up in long, theoretical discussions.
What experience do you have in these areas?
I have over 15 years of experience pursuing innovation in products, services, and businesses. It started when I was (sort of!) tricked into a business development role, after starting my career as a hardcore engineer. I really liked the people aspect of technology, and have never looked back since. I came across the burgeoning startup scene in Japan around 2011. I have been living and working between Manila and Tokyo for the last couple of years, working for a leading Filipino Agile software house. Most recently, I was involved in helping companies come up with their Digital Transformation strategy and roadmap by conducting tailor-made workshops, which involved business modeling, customer journey mapping, service design, design sprints, and similar methodologies.
What are your hobbies? What do you do on weekends?
I like to go to the pool and cook. Even though I am not an athlete, swimming and sauna help me relieve stress. I like to cook because the ingredients are so high-class here in Japan and you don’t really have to be a good cook. when I just want to blank out, I like to download and watch old “variety” shows from the 80s and 90s (from my childhood growing up in Japan).
What is Work Happiness to you?
Work happiness to me is best summarized by the following quote by Mahatma Gandhi:
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
This is the fundamental core of any happiness you can derive from work or otherwise.
We are very happy to welcome Arnab to the team!