On this episode of the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Cassandra Goodman about being true at work, having clear goals and aspirations, and finding purpose in life.
We also dive deeper into facing certain challenges in order to improve personally, grow as leaders in the workplace and how we could build a relationship with our employees.
Cassandra Goodman – Being True At Work
Cassandra Goodman is the founder of The Centre For Self Fidelity and the author of the groundbreaking book, “Self-Fidelity – How Being True To Yourself Uplifts Your Working Life,” released in 2020, and “Being True” published just last year.
With three decades of international business experience across multiple industries, she’s worn many hats. From being the first Global Director of Employee Experience at a major healthcare corporation to her role as a part-time Chief Talent Activator, a Thrive Global program facilitator and executive coach, and an Associate at Monash Business School. Her influence extends to some of the world’s most renowned organizations, including NBN, ANZ, Cisco, Ralph Lauren, Adobe, Mastercard and many more.
Cassandra talks about:
Having a clear aspiration
Being true at work
Having your own vision and purpose
Getting lost to find ourselves
The definition of ordinary
Surveys in the workplace
Two kinds of improvement loops
Building a culture for non-negotiables in the workplace
Authenticity in leadership
How belongingness affects the workplace
No one size fits all
“It’s not enough to love what you do unless you love who you’re being while you do it.” Cassandra Goodman talks about finding ourselves on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.
“We can get lost by finding ourselves in a job that we suddenly realise is becoming soul destroying. You know, we can get lost in a relationship that doesn’t respect and honor who we are. We can get lost in so many different ways. It’s the waking up to that reality that we have lost.” Getting lost in finding ourselves by Cassandra Goodman on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.
“In order to be enough, I needed to be a high achieving, low maintenance machine.” Cassandra Goodman talks about her family’s expectations on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.
On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Arash Arabi about defeat the enemy within, being a scrum master, servant leadership and the wise enterprise.
We also delve into systems thinking, emotional intelligence, leadership, organisational design, and how we can inch together towards the goal line.
Arash Arabi – Defeat The Enemy Within
Arash is a Taekwondo World Champion, Agile and Leadership Coach and a person with a passion for Emotional Intelligence. The author of The Wise Enterprise, Arash Arabi is a systems thinker, and a man who loves trying new languages and technologies.
He studied a Bachelors and Masters in Information Technology from Monash University, and a Professional Leadership Program from Motivation Matters. His career has included IT software and engineering roles with companies such as Oracle and Intrepid Travel, and has been an Agile Coach and Trainer for companies like ANZ, and nBn Australia. Now, he is the founder & CEO of Sprint Agile and is an Agile Coach for IOOF Holdings.
Arash talks about
Growing up in Iran during the war.
What’s my role in the universe
What would you do with all the time and money in the world?
Becoming a Taekwondo World Champion.
My superpower is endurance through everything I have done in life.
It’s what really makes me satisfied internally that really counts.
Realising that a successful person needs to understand everyone.
Scrum Masters being servant leaders.
Economical war versus a chemical war.
The Wise Enterprise.
Decision making is influenced by our emotions.
Leadership is a skill not a rank.
How everyone perceives the world to form their opinions.
An answer is only as good as the question
“I couldn’t defeat the enemy within, because I was stressed, I wasn’t able to use my skills to the best of my abilities. I had all these tricks up my sleeve that I would easily be able to beat the other person. I couldn’t, as it went 10mins overtime. I couldn’t defeat the enemy within.” Arash Arabi talks about Defeat The Enemy Within, on the active CEO Podcast.
On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Dr Paul White about the 5 Languages Of Workplace Appreciation, building trust and loyalty in the workplace and why people want to feel appreciated.
We also delve into working with Dr Gary Chapman, the author of The 5 Love languages; perceived authenticity; leading with appreciation remotely; and how to best to close the gap between what we currently teach, educate and train with what we do and how we know how we learn best.
Dr Paul White – 5 Languages Of Workplace Appreciation
Dr Paul White is a psychologist, global speaker, international consultant and the author of four incredible books, including New York Times Best Seller, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace which he co-authored with Dr Gary Chapman (famous for the 5 love languages), Rising Above A Toxic Workplace, Sync or Swim and The Vibrant Workplace. He is a world leader in building organisational appreciation, who has worked with organisations such as Microsoft and NASA, and is a proud grandfather of six, Dr Paul White.
Focusing on “making work relationships work”, he has a Ph.D in Counselling Psychology from George State University, a Masters Counselling from Arizona State University and a BA Christian Education from Wheaton College. A lifetime devoted to teaching leaders and organisations on how to communicate authentic appreciation has been the backbone to his career as a psychologist at Prairie View Inc, Director of Family Coaching at Navitas, and currently, the Owner/President of Family Business Resources and Appreciation at Work.
Paul talks about:
Starting out as an observer and over time developing into a leader.
What needs do you see out there that aren’t being met?
New York Times best seller The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace.
Created Motivating by Appreciation Inventory online assessment.
5 Languages of Workplace Appreciation with Dr Gary Chapman.
Praising or complementing someone with Words of Affirmation.
Focused attention and listening to people during Quality time.
Help people get things done that they value through Acts of service.
Connect people through Tangible gifts that show you know them.
Spontaneous celebrations in the workplace through Physical touch.
People want to feel valued and appreciated beyond their production and performance.
79% of people leave a job do so because of a lack of appreciation.
People want to be appreciated by all members of an organisation.
Remote employees like visual connectivity.
Active CEO Performance Tip
Improve your CEO PERFORMANCE HABITS – Some of your habits aren’t supporting being a high performing leader or leading high performing teams. Remove negative habits and replace them with positive ones. 3 Steps to improving your CEO Performance Habits: 1. Identify and write down your positive and negative performance habits. 2. Then establish ways to move negative habits into positive ones or remove them. 3. Monitor them daily.
“Not so competitive in leadership senses. If people are leading well, them I am happy to follow them” Dr Paul White discusses knowing when to lead and when to follow, on the active CEO Podcast.
“Its about the leadership and understanding the importance of their people.” Workplace Appreciation with Dr Paul White, on the active CEO Podcast.
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episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Jonathan Rake,
about his Launchpad to go beyond borders, the World Economic Forum shaping your
thinking as a leader, leaders are hired to make judgement calls and performance
leadership as CEO at Swiss Re Asia Pacific.
delve into the global water crisis, running marathons with Mina Guli the CEO of
Thirst, the importance of balancing ones mind, protecting the asset, and
amazing human beings doing incredible things.
Jonathan Rake – Launchpad To Go Beyond
Jonathan is a World Economic
Forum Young Global Leader and Advisory Board member, a passionate leader who is
dedicated to CSR and community initiatives, and is involved in a project called
Global Ledger. Jonathan is a phenomenal global leader, who loves running and
has a deep passion for solving the global water crisis.
studied a Bachelor Commerce Economics, Accountancy, Business and Law from
Stellenbosch University. His career has involved working at ABN Amro Bank; and
roles in Corporate Business, Business Development and Country CEO of Singapore
at Zurich Financial Services. In 2016 he joined Swiss Re as their CEO of
Singapore and in 2017 became the CEO of Asia Pacific.
Jonathan talks about:
Nelson Mandela’s influence during the transition from Apartheid.
His Launchpad to go beyond borders.
Culture difference between Zurich Financial Services & ABN Amro Bank.
Why judgement is super critical in a CEO and leadership role.
Swiss Re focus on clients, but also making the world more resilient.
Mitigating all the trends that are disrupting lives and industries.
Why the global water crisis is the world’s greatest risk in the future.
Chasing the goal, fighting hard & taking yourself into a difficult place.
You can’t stay in your peak performance state of mind all the time.
Stop take 3 breaths, step away & realise how good you have it.
Calming down & getting some rest & starting the day with exercise.
Learning that you must not pile your passions into one area.
We should be judged by not what we create, but what we leave behind.
CEO Performance Tip
To Diet or Not To Diet – People
are often looking for the quick fix, when it comes to food. Many people jump on
the bandwagon of the thousands of fad-style, celebrity endorsed and marketing
designed diets, which have no research into the long-term effects on the body,
mind and soul. Science compared every diet and the winner is real food. The
only diet that has been implemented and remains over a long period of time is
that established 10,000’s of years ago. It is a predominantly plant-based diet
with no processed foods and only included the occasional meat when they were
quick enough to catch it. Those living by the sea would catch fish and seafood.
Why would you incorporate the middle-person in the diet, so to speak, when you
can go straight to the source an eat it. What do I mean by this? Land animals
generally eat plant-based diets including fruit, vegetables and grains, which
are the stable of all nutritious diets. So why do we need to eat red meat, when
it is just the by-product of the plant based foods we need anyway? What diet
should you eat?
“You are only doing long-term damage if you are
running on the edge and stress is building and you are not taking care of
yourself. ” Discussing stress and recovery with Jonathan Rake, on the active
“When you are travelling and out of your normal
environment you don’t get into your level 3 and 4 deep sleep where you are
doing the body repair than helps us function. You need to be alert and aware in
your environment.” Travel and sleep dysfunction with Jonathan Rake on the
active CEO Podcast.
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On this episode of the active CEO Podcast we talk aboutHow Exercise Enhances Leadership Performance, on episode #3 of Breaking The CEO Code. It is a short podcast episode where host Craig Johns decodes a new aspect of being a high performing leader each week.
Craig talks about the positive impacts regular exercise has on a CEO or leader’s performance, including:
Release of happy hormones (Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin & Endorphin), which reduce stress.
Powerful influence on brain function, mental clarity, memory, learning and critical thinking.
Positive emotional effects on self-esteem, confidence, motivation and mood.
Creative juices that inspire new ideas, problem solving and interpreting perspectives.
Development of discipline, focus, energy, stamina and resilience.
Cascading effects of exercising on your entire workplace wellbeing.
Health benefits that minimise the risk of heart disease, mental health illnesses and cancer.
He also provides valuable ideas to help up your type, location, intensity, frequency, training partners and duration of your exercise ensuring you stay focused longer, decrease potential boredom and repeating exercise on a regular basis. It’s time for you to learn how exercise enhances leadership performance in your life.
Check out the newly Breaking The CEO Code whitepaper. It provides an overview of Breaking The CEO Code and showcases the 6 key phases. We also go a little deeper into the 2nd phase PERFORMANCE, where we discuss the 3 P’s of Leadership Performance.
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CEO loneliness is a real problem affecting our society. Have you ever felt lonely, isolated and there is no one you can speak to, as a leader? Well, you are not alone!
Harvard Business Review reported that 61% of CEO’s feel that loneliness hinders their job performance. The higher you move up the ladder the greater the responsibility, pressure to deliver results, expectation to remain calm and the level of confidentiality, increases. Has CEO loneliness invaded your life?
CEO’s may find it difficult to speak about their biggest challenges, complex problems or strongest fears with their boards, senior executives or colleagues. They also struggle to confide in their friends outside of the organization as they feel they don’t have the depth and breadth of understanding the challenges that they face. There is also the risk of sharing information and doubts as it could catalyse rumours.
The lack of privacy that has occurred, as a
result of technology, has opened the door to greater public and media scrutiny,
and therefore a grey area of what is and isn’t private and public life. To
compound this, there are also developing expectations that CEO’s should increase
their transparency, vulnerability and openness to become a better leader.
“With great power comes great responsibility”. SPIDERMAN
As a result, CEO’s quite often experience
social isolation as the number of people they can confide in shrinks. Sometimes
the number of people CEO’s confide in reduces to a level where they don’t feel
comfortable speaking with anyone about the important topics, things that keep
them up at night and the tough decisions that need to be made. This occurs
because they find it difficult to make it relatable to people who are not
experiencing the same challenges and also the risk of confidentiality being
When pressure comes on and issues arise, many
CEO’s will try and fix them without reaching out for help, both internally and
externally. Poor decisions and escalated problems can occur, and it is at these
times when you need to depend on people you have built trust and relationships
over a number of years.
According to a study completed by the
University of Chicago, social isolation affects human behavior and how the
brain operates. fMRI scans showed there is a decrease in the activity of the
parts of the brain associated with rewards and a seeing things from other
peoples perspectives in lonely people versus non-lonely people. The research
suggested that loneliness might be accentuated as lonely individuals may seek
to “find relative comfort in nonsocial rewards”. (Cacioppo et
In the PNAS Journal in 2015, research by Cole
et al, identified how flight-or-fight responses triggered by perceived social
isolation (PSI) and loneliness can lead to illness and premature death. PSI and
loneliness can adversely affect sleep patterns, stress hormones, inflammation
in the body, production of white blood cells, and executive function, learning
and memory (Bergland, 2015).
As a CEO, it is critical that you learn how to overcome the feelings of loneliness to improve your health, home-life and work productivity. It is important to proactively build and develop emotional connections with a broad range of people, as it leads to increased collective positive emotions and well being.
The important question is – Who can you speak
with when the going gets tough and the challenges become overwhelming?
Here are 4 Ways To Overcome CEO Loneliness:
1. Build a Team of Mentors
These are the people whom you can consult with when faced with challenges and problems where the answer may not be clear. They are people who are curious, like to ask questions, be prepared to listen and at times make you feel uncomfortable by challenging you to consider other approaches. It is valuable to have a diverse range of mentors, who aren’t just like you. You want people who you trust their advice and opinions, but most importantly will provide the hard truths and perspectives from a different angle. Personally I ensure that my mentors come from different industries, cultures and age ranges. Having a mentor who is younger than you is just as powerful as having someone older with lots of wisdom. Who are the 4 to 8 people you need in your life that give you the confidence, clarity and perspective you need.
2. Create Work-Life Integration
Successful people are congruent with their values and character whether they are at home or in the workspace. Work is part of life, so the theory of work-life balance may not be the best approach. Work-Life Integration is all about understanding that work is part of life and we need to effectively manage the boundaries between when we are working and we are doing other components of our life. Your body and mind needs the space to recharge, rejuvenate and reimagine. Having space in your life for relationships, exercise, freeing your mind and other passions is important in providing opportunities for an outlet, growth, success and diversifying your perspective. It also can provide motivation and inspiration not only to yourself, but other people when you have a passion or two outside the workplace. The relationships; whether family, social or work-related, in your life are important. If you have a partner and/or children then it maybe useful to leave the office before dark and create a cue to ensure you are present when spending valuable time with them. What changes will you make in 2020 to ensure that you have an outlet and focus outside of work?
3. Join a Support Group
Having a support group or mastermind is different to a team of mentors who you are likely to consult and confide in individually. Support groups meet on a regular basis, whether that is weekly, monthly, quarterly or even yearly. It’s a group that is likely to be diverse in nature and provides the psychological safety to discuss, brainstorm and challenge solutions to problems, ideas or challenges that people in the group face. These groups provide a sense of belonging; an honest feedback mechanism where they act as a nurturer, mirror or provider of truth; and can also function as celebrator, motivator and inspirer. They enable you to find clarity and most importantly perspective. An extra bonus is that support groups allow you to form connections that help alleviate stress, anxiety and improve mental health. What mastermind or support group will help you go to the next level in 2020?
4. Embrace the Inclusivity of Courage and Vulnerability
In the past vulnerability maybe seen as a
weakness, when in fact it is actually a strength. We grow through adversity,
changing our environment and challenging the status quo. Courage and
vulnerability are inclusive. Without vulnerability we cannot be courageous and
without courage we cannot find the strength to speak up and be vulnerable. As a
CEO it is ok to say you don’t have an answer, that you were wrong, are feeling
a lack in confidence and that other peoples answers are better. Having
vulnerable discussions helps to build psychological safety within your team or
between stakeholders. Vulnerability cultivates trust and respect from others,
while creating the space for others to speak up about problems, issues or
feelings they have. It fosters discussion about key problems and allows people
with different perspectives to provide solutions that may not have surfaced
before. As a CEO you need to lead by example by taking the first step to
showcasing that vulnerability is positive and a key pillar to growth in your organization
and life. How will you let your guard down, put your ego to the side and create
a space for vulnerability and courage to flourish in your work environment?
It is important to remember that we do not
succeed on our own. There is no instant solution or cure to CEO loneliness, and
it requires patience and time to create a strong support network and
environment. It is important to that as an influential leader that you identify
and build strong team of mentors and support group for valuable guidance when there
is uncertainty, difficulty confronts us and we need to celebrate successes in
life. Take the time to reflect and then recognize how the 4 Ways To Overcome
CEO Loneliness can you help you rise up and become a better leader in 2020.
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Bergland, C. (2015) Loneliness: Perceived Social Isolation Is Public Enemy No. 1 Psychology Today, 23rd November 2015. Link
Comerford, C. (2018) Loneliness: The Executive Challenge No One Talks About. Forbes, 7th July 2018. Link
On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Chris Robb about mass participation sport events, growing the Standard Chartered Marathon to over 60,00 participants, being the course manager for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games marathon, and changing people’s lives through money can’t buy experiences. We also delve into the immense power of pause, coping with it being lonely at the top as a CEO, collaborative leadership, inspiring others to make a powerful impact on the world and serving a tennis ball into the back of Sir Richard Branson’s head.
Chris Robb – Money Can’t Buy Experiences.
Chris is an international
authority on iconic large-scale mass participation events; a humble, loyal and
curious leader; and a passionate family man now living in Bali, Indonesia. He
is an enabler of people to have an active and healthy lifestyle, author of Mass
Participation Sports Events and Better business Better Life Better World, is a
high impact consultant and a champion of Buy 1 Give 1.
Growing up in Zimbabwe, he
studied a Bachelor Commerce and Bachelor of Agricultural Management at the
University of KwaZulu-Nattal. Getting his first taste of event management while
at high school, our guest has over 30 years experience organising and leading
events. During his career he has been at the helm of events for more than one
million participants in the likes of Australia, Singapore, Malaysia,
Philippines, Thailand, Zimbabwe, South Africa and India.
He established Spectrum
Worldwide in Australia in 1992, where he worked on the 2000 Sydney Olympics,
before establishing himself in Singapore at the commencement of the Asian
health and fitness boom in the 2000’s. In 2015 he established Mass Participation
Asia, an annual conference for event stakeholders, before selling Spectrum
Worldwide to IRONMAN, in 2016.
Chris talks about:
Life growing up on a farm in Zimbabwe, during the independence war.
Having a rich upbringing from life experiences, even though they were financially poor.
The importance of embracing circumstances you find yourself in.
Being an 800m and 1500m runner training on farm tracks and dirt roads.
Planning to go back and run the family business on the farm.
Being involved in organising the Comrades Marathon while studying at University.
Changing people’s lives through money can’t buy experiences.
Getting parents out and getting active with their kids.
Getting more governments globally to recognise the value of sport especially the social and health impact.
Organising the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon with over 60,000 participants.
Expanding the JP Morgan corporate challenge running events into Asia.
Partnering with Dave Hansen from Supersprint Events and Robbie McEwan.
Going from zero to sixty thousand customers within 6 months.
Ramping up from a team of 30 to more than 5,000 people over a 3 month period.
A mindset expecting that there is going to be a curveball will be thrown at you.
Collaborative leadership where you are always looking for a solution.
Surround yourself with a great group of mentors much like an athlete has.
Having ritual’s and keeping yourself mentally and physically in shape.
Helping make it easier for our future leaders to grow in the industry.
CEO Wellness Tip
Life Is Not A Dress Rehearsal – It is important that
you turn up, show up and be present right now. It’s not about what you did
yesterday or what you plan in the future. It is all about this one second, one
minute, one hour or even one day and you are ready to go.
“Connecting with a community and a tribe and doing training and things
together and taking you into the outdoors. It’s crucial for the health and
wellbeing of the world.” Chris Robb talking about the power of sport
and events on bringing people together, on the active CEO Podcast.
“I love putting that jigsaw together and making sure that everyone knows
what they are doing, but also empowering them to make decisions.” Chris Robb on leading people, on the active CEO
episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Sasa Sestic about escaping
three wars, transitioning from 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Handball player to
entrepreneur, creating ONA Coffee, the powerful impact of Project Origin,
winning the 2015 Barista World Championships and a world beyond coffee. We take
a deep dive into building a team of innovators, creating a competitive
environment, chasing excellence, collaborating with winemaker Tim Kirk from
Clonakilla, The Coffee Man movie and book, and the realization that coffee was
much more than a social drink.
Sasa Sestic – Podcast Interview Brief
Sasa Sestic is a World
Barista Champion, Olympian, philanthropist and remarkable entrepreneur, who
immigrated to Australia in 1997, from humble beginnings in war-torn Bosnia. He
is considered inspiring, authentically raw and a fun entrepreneur to work with,
who authored the award-winning book The Coffee Man. His outstanding sporting
ability allowed him to represent Australia in European Handball at the Sydney
While working in a Canberra
bakery he found his true passion and an obsession for not only perfecting the
ultimate cup of coffee, but also finding and roasting the world’s best coffee
beans. He has a heart of gold and his devotion to donate thousands of dollars
to the farmers who produce the coffee beans in places like India, Honduras and
Nicaragua. His love of coffee has led to two Australian and the 2015 World
Barista Championships, as well as owning a range of café’s including The
Cupping room, ONA Coffee House, ONA Manuka and High Road.
Sasa talks about:
His dad surviving -15 degree nights to put food on the table.
Playing European Handball for Australian at the Sydney Olympics
Transitioning from athlete in 2013 to Barista entrepreneur.
Working in 3rd world countries to help them develop great coffee, grow there amazing coffees and see that we are doing something good for these communities.
The DNA of ONA Coffee which is community driven and family owned
A lot of failures; every time we failed it help bring us closer together.
People who love coffee, obsess with coffee and want to innovate.
Developing innovative coffee processes that are used globally.
Collaborating with winemakers Tim Kirk from Clonakilla.
O.C.D – ONA Coffee Distribution Tool
His first trip to India in 2011 changed the way he approached coffee.
Going deep into the Amazon Forest to search for the coffee bean DNA.
The story behind The Coffee Man movie.
Introducing consuming countries with the farming countries.
The future expansion of ONA Coffee.
Flying to Switzerland to understand the science of coffee.
Wanting to change the way coffees are sold.
CEO Wellness Tip
Talent Is Not Enough – Discipline, hard work and really putting that time into achieving your goals. Talent will only take you so far. What is the plan you are putting into place and implementing to ensure you achieve that performance that you desire?
environment, very high paced, all high achievers, we all love competition and
the competition gets the best out of us.” Sasa Sestic explains the ONA Coffee
environment, on the active CEO Podcast.
“One of the issues we have is that when we reach these high goals, we
don’t spend enough time celebrating. We just set another higher goal. Trying to
be the best we can be. We want to compete with ourselves.” Wanting to spend more
time celebrating with Sasa Sestic, on the active CEO Podcast.
“2007 is when I realised that coffee can be so much
more than a social drink. So much more than something that tastes reasonably
nice. A lot deeper purpose to being able to serve a great cup of coffee. We can
make the world a little bit better.” Sasa Sestic’s approach to a world beyond coffee, on the active CEO Podcast.
This week the World Health Organization (WHO) made positive steps in improving workplace wellness by formally recognizing ‘Burn-out’ as an official occupational phenomenon. The WHO classified burn-out as ‘a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed’, under the International Classification of Diseases, and it will be globally-recognized as of 2020.
Feel like work is zapping all your energy and taking the fun out of life?
Do you feel burnt out, run down, emotionally paralyzed or lack the energy to do what you want to in life?
We live in a world that has a workplace culture that tends itself towards high levels of stress, working over-time, depression, detachment and feeling ineffective.
Will Workplace Wellness be the Next Royal Commission?
Will this mean that Workplace Wellness could be the next Royal Commission or Presidential Commission? It can’t be too far away as the effects, quite often catastrophic, that are associated with unsuccessfully managed workplace stress have a major ramifications for sick leave expenses, physical and mental health, personal and professional relationships, loss of productivity, workplace culture and employee retention.
It’s Affecting Those Close to Us!
I don’t know about you, but I am feed up with seeing family, friends and many people all around the world suffering from workplace related depression, mental health and even suicide due to the workplace cultures that cause unnecessary stress and burn-out.
CEO’s, leaders, owners and board
directors are going to have to start taking workplace wellness seriously. It
wouldn’t surprise me if we start seeing class actions in the near future.
There are a number of companies and organizations that do have positive and effective workplace wellness cultures in place and we must applaud them for being proactive in a space that has a major effect on society and our local communities. They should be used as examples of best practice and rewarded accordingly.
What is Burn-out?
We know that those who are most vulnerable to burn-out regularly navigate complex, contradictory and sometimes hostile environments. The main risk factors of burn-out in the workplace consist of:
doing work that is unrewarding,
limited control on the work that you do,
an overwhelming workload due to time and/or pressure exerted,
work that conflicts with our personal values,
unfair work practices, and
lack of community.
Workplace related symptoms include:
feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
increased mental distance from one’s job;
feelings of negativity or cynicism related to one’s job; and
reduced professional efficacy.
We Are Here to Help You
It is now time for
you as a CEO or leader to make a positive change place workplace wellness at
the heart of your company or organisation.
The team at NRG2Perform are here to support and guide you in implementing a positive workplace culture.
We have developed the Breaking The CEO Code and Breaking The CORPORATE Code. We provide CEO’s and leaders, as well as corporate teams or companies the curriculum and tools to minimise workplace stress, improve mental health and maximise your performance potential.
Programs include the
four key fundamentals of Peak Human Performance:
ENERGY (fitness) – healthy body, healthy mind
FUEL (nutrition) – a Formula 1 car won’t perform on diesel fuel
EMOTION (mindset) – you are infectious both positive & negative
RECOVERY (recharge) – if you don’t switch the light off it will blow
And, the 3P’s of
building sustainable energy for high performing leaders:
CEO/CORPORATE Periodization – scheduling your energy & recovery over time
CEO/CORPORATE Presence – communicating with purpose, precision & energy
CEO/CORPORATE Performance – bringing the energy, showing up & turning up