Pete was kind enough not to chase me up too much to write another blog during peak season in the fitness industry (which, in short, is hard work as I’m sure many readers will know...) But now we're coming to the end of peak season, and whilst enjoying a week's rest abroad relaxing, I have found the time to share some more thoughts.
Whether you don’t like what you see in the mirror or you’re concerned about diabetes and heart disease, you know it’s time to get fit and healthy. You’ve thought about joining a gym and eating right, but it’s too expensive. Besides, you don’t have time to work out, and why make meals when fast food is so cheap and easy? The truth is you can’t afford not to eat right and exercise. This article gives tips on how anyone (yes, you!) can get fit and healthy regardless of time constraints and without breaking the bank. It all boils down to the food we eat and how much we move our bodies.
What are the roots of commercial success in our globally connected era of constant change, technology disruption and the rapidly emerging, digitally proficient employee?
Passion, competence, strategic decision making, a never say die attitude, or perhaps communications expertise?
What would the CEO of one of the largest and most successful companies on the planet say in response to such a question?
Hello. It's an honour to be asked to write a short blog for HPT5. Although I was a bit perturbed at first when asked, as I'm not generally a man who likes to be in the limelight. But, I have this desire to always say "yes"…
When planning this, Pete, Haydn and I explored different ideas together - ultimately coming up with "Jono - it's a blank canvass - write about what you want.” So - I've been putting quite a bit of thought into it. I will admit - I am nervous. English was never my forte - luckily, I have some helpful people around me who I hope might help with getting my ideas / thoughts / words across!
Everyone remembers their favourite teacher. Mine was Ray Hale. He was my Spanish teacher who not only inspired me to explore the joy of language and literature but also to think and most importantly, question, my own aspirations and values.
He taught me that learning was not just about knowledge but, more importantly, what you do with that knowledge, how you act and respond to new insights, gain the alternative perspective and dismantle the mental shackles that may restrict the opportunity to excel.
In a recent workshop, a great question was posed: ‘what are the roots of passion?’ An engaging conversation ensued.
Does passion come from helping others or does it come from just doing something you are proud of, or perhaps both?
Recently, I had to organise work on the roof of our house, because quite foolishly, I had been tricked into allowing someone to climb on the roof, cause damage, threaten me and when I refused to pay, they just left, with me looking at a big hole in our roof - and an even bigger problem!
Culture is the most fascinating artefact of any business; it defines attitude, shapes mindset and can either inspire or demotivate in equal amounts.
But culture is also elusive, intangible and unassailable, yet can smack you in the face when you least expect it.
A couple of years ago when setting up a new product development team in the pensions industry, I was speaking to an interviewee whom we had invited back for a third interview and asked him ‘what opinion have you formed of the company so far.’ His answer was illuminating: ‘every time I sit in Reception, I hear someone laughing, it’s a place I’d like to work.’
Do you remember a time when you readily grabbed a pencil, pen or crayon and took to drawing something? Chances are it was way back in your childhood and the memory is as feint as the lined paper you were drawing on. If you can recall those moments, you will probably remember the feeling of excitement, intent focus and creativity coursing through your veins. And that’s where my story begins.
When we try something new it hurts if we fail. People criticise, even mock.
Little wonder then that we are all physically hardwired to fear stepping into the unknown.
Two peanut size bodies in our brain, situated at the top of our brain stem, the Amygdalas, control our fight, flight or freeze reactions.
Try something new and the Amygdalas scream at you not to do it. They love the comfort zone and do everything in their capability, which is immense, to keep us there.
I have just finished watching the final episode in the third series of Homeland, starring Damian Lewis. Notwithstanding the fact I am six years behind the global viewing population (the show launched in 2011), I have been mesmerised by a master of his art. A genius in his field and undoubtedly an acting ‘hero’, this man is a leader – standing head and shoulders above the majority of his peers.
Reflecting on this kind of inspiring performance in a different industry, I wanted to know more about Lewis and consider what lessons could be learned in the context of fitness and healthcare. It may seem like a big leap from acting to fitness, but is it? I looked into what made Lewis so good and I found key themes from which we could learn.