TWO THUMBS (part one)

  Last week, I had the chance to have a meet & greet  with one of the leading authors on brain train and how to unlock your mental potential, Professor Dr.  Theo  Compernolle. During our chit chat moment we talked about  a healthy way to deal with our connectivity and also about  kids and cars. Connected…

The Perfect Team

One of our most popular programs is the Perfect Team module. A lot of organisations are searching for the explanation of the dynamics behind a perfect team. Darren Shand, All Blacks Manager at New Zealand Rugby Union, explains some of this theory in his article on leadership lessons. In 2004, when Darren became manager of the All Blacks, the team was…

I LOVE Conflict

The Importance of Conflict in Organizations Organizations devote huge amounts of money to conflict and communications: in trying to prevent it, and trying to manage it when it does arise.  So it is well worth devoting time to understanding this phenomenon that is conflict. Where does it come from? And why does it arise with…

Meditation doesn’t only reduce stress, it also literally changes your brain

Scientists gradually begin to understand the wholesomeness of meditation: more compassion, better quality of life and reduced levels of stress, depression, anxiety, pain or insomnia. The American neuroscientist Sara Lazar spent the past years doing elaborate research on the effect. The most striking finding was that the brain actually changes after 8 weeks of meditating,…

Preparation tips for a field day filled with sports

Is your Hercules Trophy getting near and are you looking for some last-minute preparation tips? Look no further. Our Herculean coaches will support you with some extra tips to run the extra mile: Sabine Appelmans (ex-champion in tennis and now health coach) gives you a tip on nutrition on a sports day. Gella Vandecaveye (former…

Tip of the day: Healthy exercise

Fun is priority The fun-factor is always priority. Exercise is something that you should like to do. ‘Cause something you like to do, you do more often. That’s why it’s good to search for a kind of exercise that suits you, it doesn’t matter how small it may be. In this way you are more…

5 EASY YOGA TECHNIQUES TO FEEL BETTER AT WORK

If everyday stresses in the office have thrown you off kilter, use these Yoga practices to find your center again. BY KC IFEANYI Question: Are you conscious of your breathing right now? Before answering this seemingly “no, duh” entreaty, you should consider what Jennifer Gregoire, chief strategic communications and marketing officer for Orbis and certified yoga instructor,…

How Burn-Out is caused

> The root cause of a burn-out is always related to work. However, it is more complicated than just pointing towards your career. It is a combination of one’s personality, lifestyle, and control skills. Personality is the hardest factor to change. Because it is part of your personal evolution, which is a lifetime mindset and doesn’t…

The future of corporate leadership

The six stages of the leadership journey   Steering an organization on its unique journey towards its chosen destination is one of the biggest personal challenges facing all leaders. Why? Because internal and external issues will constantly change the landscape in which the organization operates. Navigating the landscape is widely recognized as the new core…

Mental health stigma silences employees 79% wouldn’t speak out

“The costs of mental illness to the economy are astounding… I urge commissioners and decision-makers to treat mental health more like physical health.”  –  Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer & Professor. According to the annual report by the Chief Medical Officer, mental illness led to the loss of 70 million working days within the UK during 2013, making…

Taking a 20-minute walk every day can transform your approach to work

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh state that taking a walk through green spaces can lessen your brain fatigue, and scientists have long found that exposure to the sun can alleviate feelings of sluggishness and boost productivity. Fast Company‘s executive editor Noah Robischon and leadership editor Kathleen Davis took on the challenge by clearing space in their calendar every day…