Performance Hack; Early Wake UP

I was never a morning person. I studied and later worked all day, with my team training set after everyone finished work, usually around 20:00 and lasting 2 hours. I then got home, ate and usually caught up with studies (I continued to study even after I started working). Bed time usually meant around midnight, ...

Multitasking is an illusion

In a previous post I talked about the futility of attempting to achieve work-life balance through a measurement of time, (see The Work-Life Balance Illusion) because this often just results in the frustration of not giving enough time to either. This lose-lose can be turned into a win-win if we measure quality and focus on purpose, ...

The Motivation Model

If you could bottle it, Motivation would be the best selling product on any shelf, because it is the fuel for all achievement. Unfortunately most people attribute motivation to a character trait or personality. We describe motivated people as though it were something they uploaded to their brain, without much understanding of where it comes ...

Your essence, your FIRE

It seems that more I work with executives the more the subject of work life balance pops up in conversations, sometimes disguised as overwork, burnout and stress. Also common at this time of year is the conviction to do something about it. Like with fitness centre memberships, the self discipline to take action soon runs ...

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 ...

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 ...