Energy at work

Get out of the office, for everyone’s sake

Have you made time to get out of the office for a break this summer? If so, great! You can skip to the Coach’s Nudge below. If not, read on. I’d like to help you get something on the calendar.

Taking time to rest, relax and take care of your health isn’t a luxury. 

It’s essential that leaders carve time for themselves to build and renew the energy it takes to lead. 

Thanks to a great summer vacation, I’m feeling ready and excited for Q4. I’ve been prioritizing taking significant time off during the summers for the past few years. I recharge my batteries by immersing myself in the things I love. I spend time with family and friends, get outdoors, go to our cottage, get projects done around the house – my holiday feeds me and makes me better, clearer, stronger and more appreciative when I’m back at work.

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Play Badminton in Your Slippers

Do you remember the goal of energy management? Do you remember why you need to get enough sleep, eat right, move your body, hydrate and take breaks?

Energy management is at the core of the work I do because doing something better than you are doing it now will take energy. You can’t jump higher without it.

And in the long run, the things you do to manage your energy now will improve your quality of life.

My guide in Beijing took me to the Temple of Heaven and Earth Park in the middle of the city. It astounded me – the park is a massive playground for adults and it’s packed with 60 to 90-year-olds. Continue reading…

Eat, Break and be Merry

Do you remember the 9 Habits for High Productivity Days? # 8 is take breaks and # 6 is make time to connect.

Do you realize how easy it would be to do both on a regular basis if you made a habit of going out for lunch with colleagues?

North Americans have to be hit over the head to take a lunch break. People think there’s honour in being the lone hero who powers through. From where I stand, it looks less like honourable heroism and more like light-headed, energy-sucking solitude. Continue reading…

Ditch Your Regrets and Be Bold

I turned 50 last month. Yup. The big 5–0. Do you remember when I wrote, My Life is More Than Half Over? When I turned 45, I asked myself two important questions that I’ve used as touchstones for the past five years.

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“What do you really want to get done before you die?”

“Buddy, your life’s freakin’ half over, what are you going to stop tolerating?”

Five years later, a group of 60, 70 and 80-year old guys at my health club have me asking a new question.
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The Case for 5 Minutes of Gratitude a Day

Gratitude is an attitude – a mental and emotional, even spiritual acknowledgment that something’s going right.

It’s also a capacity booster.

This isn’t a new age thing. It’s practical. And you might even thank me for it.

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5 Steps to Get Your Focus Back

More and more, people are trying to work the way computers work.

We constantly multitask, connect dots, scan information, send and receive data; and occasionally we run too hot and burn out our processors.

computer brainOur brains aren’t designed to work like that – not day in and day out.

When do – much like computer processors – our brains start to slow down, allocating the minimum resources to any task and reserving mental energy for all the other tasks on the go (including some for the tasks that you don’t have on the go, but feel guilty about putting off). Continue reading…

Improve Your Performance with Sleep

Energy management is at the core of the Jump philosophy because doing something better than you are doing it now will take energy. You can’t jump higher without it.

I ask new clients to tell me precisely what they do from the minute their feet hit the floor in the morning until they go to bed at night as part of their energy audit. I’m looking for what they are doing or not doing to manage their physical, mental and emotional energy day to day. Continue reading…

Habits for High Productivity Days

The first thing you need to know about having a high productivity day tomorrow is that it starts with the last thing you do today.

Habit 1: End your day with a plan for the next day.

One of the biggest pits I see busy managers and leaders fall into is that they work to exhaustion and leave the office without setting a plan for what they need to get done the next day.

Starting the day with a plan for what you have to achieve is key to having a highly productive day. That plan can and should be crafted in advance so you can: Continue reading…

Breaks Work at Work

Odds are you could be far more effective at work if you didn’t spend quite so much time working.

One tenant of energy management and workplace effectiveness is to take breaks every 90 – 120 minutes. But convincing bright motivated people to take 5 or 6 breaks in a day is no easy task.
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Recovering from pushing too hard.

I’m writing from the Kootenays, BC. I had planned to take the mountain bike ride of a lifetime this week but I strained some back ligaments while training. Now, I’m on the shelf and off the bike for a bit.

Yup the coach overdid it a little. So, I thought I’d eat some humble pie and share my lessons learned. Continue reading…

Who’s expecting?

What would you do differently if – starting today – you were pregnant?

Now gentlemen, I want you to think about this too. Go with me here.

Since one of my clients became pregnant, she’s been looking at energy management in a new way. With a little someone depending on her body, energy management seems more critical. Continue reading…

Breakfast in a Blender

How’s your day going so far? How did it start?

One of the ways I get to know my clients is by asking them to walk me through a typical day. I get them to start with their wake-up routine and we move all the way through to when they go to bed.

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Make Time for Energy Over the Holidays

In all honesty, how familiar is this scenario: Over the holidays, you rush from one social commitment to the next throwing back the eggnog and butter tarts. Before you know it, it’s January 2nd. You are physically and emotionally spent, wishing you had an extra couple of days to recuperate, and oh yeah, you are 5 – 10 lbs up. Happened before? Continue reading…

BCB Communicator: Maximizing Sales Opportunities

Chris Obst’s article Maximizing Sales Opportunities, published by BCB Communicator magazine is posted here with the permission of the publisher.

In the article Chris explains how to improve sales potential by replenishing your energy.

Plan meetings that promote action

When people plan big meetings and corporate events they usually (hopefully) have an objective.

They want to motivate people toward a strategic goal. They want to team-build. They want to educate and energize people. Generally speaking, the people planning meetings want attendees to leave the event ready to DO something.

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You can make opportunities to take a break

My summer is off to a great start. I’m up at 6AM watching the World Cup before I start work and I go out with a buddy for lunch to grab a mid day game. Go Germany! I admit to getting swept up in the action.

And last weekend I competed in the infamous Test of Metal mountain bike race with 999 other racers. It is a 67-kilometer cross-country mountain bike race with over 1,200 meters of climbing. The pros complete it in 2.5 – 3 hours. Mortals like me take 4 – 6 or more.

I’ve never trained for anything so hard in my life.

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Get ready for a whole different kind of tired

You and I are knowledge workers. We use our mental and emotional energy to do the heavy lifting at work.

Leading one-on-one meetings, delivering presentations, analyzing, writing, motivating, coaching – as much as these tasks can feed us, and give us a buzz, they can also drain our mental and emotional energy. Continue reading…

I learned about resting from racing

My journey to do the Test of Metal epic mountain bike race started on January 1st. I was thrilled to be one of 1000 participants who got a limited entry spot that sold out in 22 minutes.

The training on and off the bike began then. It really was fun to get in better shape and better at biking at the same time. It was a great feeling to be focused on a physical test like this at 46. It also took a toll on my family life. For the last few weeks leading up to the race, I was AWOL on the home front a few times a week for 3 and 4 hours rides. Continue reading…

Appearances matter

I can’t believe it has been a month since I launched the Jump Management Coaching brand.

Much as we may not like to admit it, appearances matter. The way that you present your company and yourself not only leaves an impression on the people around you – it has an effect on you. Continue reading…

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

The title for this article is also the new tag line for my company. It came out of an “ah ha” moment that a lot of managers have.

In management, you are always moving, stretching, balancing and rebalancing – it is pretty rare that anyone feels totally comfortable because nothing stays still for very long.

3 reasons you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable

  1. Change is constant. And change makes everyone of us more or less uncomfortable.I’m coaching a new VP who confided in me, “This is a really hard job! I feel like I never have things under control.” In her pre-management role, she was able to get things set up and let them operate on cruise control. That just doesn’t happen in management. Continue reading…