Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat


Slo Mo is a series of extraordinary conversations hosted by international bestselling author of “Solve for Happy” and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of his wisest friends explore the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives. Achieving happiness and fulfillment is a lifelong journey, but step one is simple: slow down, and listen.

Nic Marks is, as one of his clients described him, a “statistician with a soul” due to his love of hard statistical skills and his soft people skills and focus on quantifying variables such as happiness. Well known for his 2010 TED talk, “The Happy Planet Index”, which has been viewed over 2.5 million times, Nic is the founder and CEO of Friday, a company that measures and improves employee happiness in order to help businesses build a positive productive work culture – the result of working with over 1,000 clients creating measures of their employees’ experience of work.

He’s been in the field for over 25 years, tracking people’s quality of life with an emphasis on their emotional experience. In 2011 he was named one of the top ten original thinkers by Director’s magazine and by Forbes Magazine as having one of the Seven Most Powerful Ideas of the year.

Listen as we discuss:

– How Nic became interested in measuring quality of life
– The unexpected, massive success of his TED Talk
– Are we doing better on the Happy Planet Index since his talk in 2010?
– Tracking the dips in UK national mood across the various lockdowns
– Why his company, Friday, takes weekly happiness surveys for their clients
– The importance of assessing happiness at work in group settings
– The Five Ways to Happy Workplaces
– Nic’s own weaknesses when it comes to happiness upkeep
– Why does happiness at work matter?

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Connect with Nic Marks on Twitter @iamnicmarks, and his website, Check out Friday Pulse and take the survey at Friday One.

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