This is the first in a short series presenting the Sustaining Executive Performance (SEP) model, the 5 element model that formed the basis of my first forays into executive health teaching and the SEP book. Three factors came together in 2007 which led to the creation of SEP. First, I was inspired by the HBR Corporate Athlete article which convinced me I could use my sporting experience in my business career. I then found the excellent work by Michael and Juliette McGannon, principally at INSEAD, which showed me health could be a legitimate subject at a leading business school. The third factor was my environment at the time -- and the opportunity -- I was researching and teaching at IESE Business School...and the rest is history...
Here, we look at the first element, MOVE. I'll use the same format for each of the five elements. A clip from the 2016 eLearning course followed by the Top 10 Takeaways, which are also the closing comments in the SEP Book chapter for that element. Delighted to receive feedback.
Top 10 Takeaways: MOVE
1. Movement is part of our DNA. Our ancestors moved to survive.
2. Beware the chair. Our current society is characterized by a lack of movement and excessive sitting time, which is putting in peril our survival.
3. Movement creates energy, in the oxygen-rich blood that is transported through the body and brain, activating neurons and releasing hormones conducive to better cognitive performance.
4. Get away from your desk for more direct communication and the accidental encounters that drive innovation.
5. Stand for longer during individual work, to improve focus, productivity, and core strength.
6. Conduct standing meetings for improved focus, more collaborative teamwork, and less wasted time.
7. Conduct walking meetings to build relationships and cover sensitive subjects.
8. Go for a walk to tackle tough problems and advance quality work.
9. Maintain your professional conduct in change practices to allow the best chances of changing the company culture.
10. Push back against societal norms that look to minimize movement. Stand out from the crowd and thereby nudge others to follow your lead.