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…

Multi…(bleep…bleep)…tasking

Let me get straight to the point: Do away with multitasking. Multitasking is detrimental to your productivity, and it increases your risk of a burn-out. This is what Neuropsychiatrist Theo Compernolle states in an interview with Belgian magazine Eos-Psyche & Brain. What is the main reason for the human brain not to be able to multitask? “Our…

Inspire you – inspire me

In the past years of coaching several companies I noticed in some departments the risee of natural leaders and inspirational people during tough moments. Corporate or team values are important for each one of us and especially to get a good focus on team spirit. Therefore I challenge each one of you to inspire yourself by seeking a…

JUMP FOR JOY

Jumping for JOY is an act of extreme happiness. After 3 years of exhilarating moments while managing the Hercules Academy and coaching companies, organisations and individuals in corporate wellbeing, I would like to share some thoughts with you. Consider it as a New Year’s resolution. On several occasions during our individual and group coaching sessions, I noticed that people…

The elements of wellbeing (and the difference with wellness)

A lot of people seem to use both words as synonyms, but don’t actually realise that there’s a difference. Wellbeing refers to a more holistic whole-of-life experience, whereas wellness refers just to physical health and fitness. Allan Watkinson, engagement manager of Gallup Consulting, reviewed the results of a major global study into wellbeing, which recorded people’s…

4 ways to motivate people

Interesting post on the website of FForward – one of our valued partners in the USA – about ways to motivate your employees. The best leaders in the world are the ones most adept at motivating their employees to perform to the fullest extent of their abilities. Increased productivity, improved sales, reduced waste and optimized efficiency are all byproducts…

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…

Twelve tips for teambuilding

Great article on teambuilding by Susan M. Heathfield, Human Resources Expert, in About.com. Check out what Hercules Trophy and the Hercules Academy can do to improve your teamwork!

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

In FastCompany, Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity and profitability. Charles states that for the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are compounded by the fact that, in every decision, two forces are…

5 things smart leaders do to empower employees

We bumped into a nice post on Inc.com from Minda Zetlin. Minda Zetlin is a business technology writer and speaker, co-author of The Geek Gap, and president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. How much does it matter to have engaged, empowered, enthusiastic employees? It can make the difference between success and failure, says…