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Malene Rydahl is a passionate keynote speaker who connects with her audience through her key messages about trust, being true to yourself and having purpose and engagement in life.

Her research about why the Danes are amongst the happiest people in the world and her extensive experience in the corporate world gives her a unique base to talk about how to live better lives both in society and in corporations. She puts the focus on what we can do individually to improve the way we live and find more happiness. She exposes how corporations can increase engagement and well-being amongst employees and why it is profitable.

Malene Rydahl works closely with a large number of French and international corporations giving speeches at their internal or external events to inspire the audience about her topics. Malene Rydahl is also in high demand to speak at international institutions and larger public events.  She has already given several keynote speeches for example at OECD, the positive Economy Forum, the French Embassy in Copenhagen, the international book fair in Seoul, the Copenhagen Goodwill Ambassador forum etc. She also spoke at TEDx in Singapore with her speech “Planting seeds of happiness the Danish way”.

Her two main topics are the following:


Lessons about happy employees and why it is profitable

 

According to an extensive survey by Gallup, 87% employees in the world say that they are “not engaged” in their work, 24% are actually actively not engaged. At the same time, Denmark, home of Lego and Maersk, has the highest rate of job satisfaction in Europe (Eurostat, 2013). It’s also the country where inhabitants and workers feel the happiest, as shown by numerous studies over the last 40 years. Danish management, centred on employees’ well-being, has had remarkable positive effects in terms of productivity, creativity, involvement and loyalty of workers in a world in which firms fight for the best talent. This certainly explains at least partly why the World Bank has acknowledged Denmark as one of the top 3 “easiest economies to do business” (alongside Singapore and New Zealand) in their Doing Business 2017 report.

Malene Rydahl wishes to take up the challenge of exporting the lessons of Danish happiness and corporate management at an international level. She has had 18 years of experience in the corporate world (mainly in the high-tech and hotel trades) and is now a full time writer and speaker.

 She has identified three ways to follow this example:

  • Trust in oneself and others
  • The freedom to choose to be you, which enhances confidence, creativity and feeling responsible
  • Engagement, i.e. being part of a common purposeful project

Based on scientific research and the Danish case study, Malene Rydahl invites innovative leaders to come together on these three ideas in order to define universal yet concrete means of re-focusing the corporate world on more purposeful actions, well-being and employee engagement to obtain better results.


Why the Danes are the happiest people in the world
and what we can learn from them

 

Denmark is a land where night falls early and taxes reach peaks… but it’s also the country where inhabitants feel the happiest, as shown by numerous studies over the last 40 years. Malene Rydahl, author and speaker, wishes to shed light on this paradox and to take up the challenge of exporting the lessons of Danish happiness at an international level. She achieved it for herself by living as happy as a Dane in France for the past 20 years.

She has identified ten ways which aim at leading a more purposeful and accomplished life:

  1. I have trust in people  (trust) 
  2. I have a place in society (education)
  3. I am free to choose my own way in life (freedom/independence)
  4. I can become who ever I want (equal opportunities)
  5. I have realistic dreams (realistic expectations)
  6. I fell better if you feel good (respect for others/solidarity)
  7. I want lots of hygge time (work–life balance)
  8. I’m happy with what I’ve got (relationship with money) 
  9. I don’t think of myself as superior person (modesty)
  10. I feel free to choose my role  (gender equality)

Based on scientific research and the Danish case study, Malene Rydahl invites us to come together on these ten ideas in order to define universal yet concrete means of re-focusing life on well-being and happiness in a context of free-will citizens personally involved in the social contract.


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For requests concerning Malene Rydahl’s speaking engagements, please contact: contact@malenerydahl.com