From Psychology to Biology – rethinking engagement & performance

Despite the huge investment in employee training, increasing salaries and bonuses, increasing investment in qualifications and technical abilities; surveys still show that over 70% of your average workforce are dis-engaged, with a number of people "actively dis-engaged" growing rapidly. When you consider the fact that someone who is actively dis-engaged is not only wasting the ...

Ideas Generation – getting out of the rut

Many companies organise away-days to create space to think, explore ideas and 'brainstorm'. I for one, don't really like the work 'Brainstorm'. It doesn't inspire confidence in a useful outcome; it implies incoherent thought. It doesn't mean that such activities are not useful, however they can be a waste of time or indeed a detriment ...

Personal Tracking for Hacking

I regularly use devices and apps to track my movement, sleep, nutrition and a number of other parameters in order to evaluate how I function, what impact other factors have on my 'system' and whether changes to my lifestyle (hacks) are bearing results. The most useful of the devices is the Activity Tracker. I use the ...

Waking UP

I've spent the last 20hrs of my running time listening to the leading experts (from Christian priests to Rabbis to Zen Masters) interviewed about their understanding of awakening. 'Awakening' is broadly defined by all of them as anything from simply a 'change in mindset & outlook on life' to 'complete transformation into an enlightened being', and everything ...

Unlocking Flow

It's been half a year since I decided to quit the day-job and start my own business, so I thought I'd reflect on the journey so far. The reasons why I decided to change can be found in earlier reflections on my blogpost here so i'm just checking back to see how things have fared.   I must ...

Why Leadership IS the most important thing

Of course most people that write autobiographies in life are successful in some way or another; more likely in a range of arenas, not just the one they are know in. Michael Jordan is an astute businessman, as are Taylor Swift, Tom Cruise and Tony Blair. Plenty of academics write about the traits that make these people ...

Nutrition tips & more from our Nutrition Therapist

Our associate, nutrition therapist Christine, gives us some simple hints to reflect our ageing state and family demands when it comes to taking care of ourselves and our loved ones. If you eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise, staying slim should follow naturally – in theory.  In practice, different pitfalls at various stages of ...

Mindfulness – Meditation cheat?

  A few years ago I decided that in order to be a better person, more balanced and less aggressive, I would learn to meditate. unfortunately I didn't last very long as sitting still for more than 5 minutes just drove me crazy. Meditation in itself is simply deciding to do something good for yourself. The ...

Interview – Kurt Camilleri

These interviews are aimed at trying to tease out insight into what makes particular people outperform their peers and stand out as Ultimate Performers. It’s an opportunity to learn from their way of life and philosophy of excellence. UP interviews top business executive Kurt Camilleri.   Full Name (for the record)  Kurt Camilleri   First things first. What is your PURPOSE?  To ...