Who’s Got Your Back..?

(Left to right) LOGAN LERMAN (white shirt), LUKE EVANS, RAY STEVENSON (back to camera) and MATTHEW MACFADYEN star in THE THREE MUSKETEERS Ph: Rolf Konow, SMPSP © 2011 Constantin Film Produktion GmbH, NEF Productions, S.A.S., and New Legacy Film Ltd. All rights reserved.
© 2011 Constantin Film Produktion GmbH, NEF Productions, S.A.S., and New Legacy Film Ltd. All rights reserved.

As a business leader one of the biggest challenges you have in maintaining a high-energy, high-health regime has as much to do with managing your schedule as anything else.

Meetings, flights, dinners, briefings, taxis, hotels, presentations, reports and time to think through strategy decisions – it’s a massive logistical exercise to make all that happen smoothly, successfully and without a glitch. Now let’s factor in exercise, healthy food choices, supplementation and sleep, and you have a potential melt-down on your hands.

Training, sustaining and maintaining the very best teams of support professionals is a vital component in your success as a business leader. Just as you know yourself, maintaining high energy, clarity and mental acuity doesn’t just happen by accident, and requires constant attention to healthy rituals and habits to stay on the very top of your game.

For EA’s and PA’s, this applies doubly, for not only do they have to manage the diary of their hard-charging exec’s, maintaining a zero margin of error, they must also manage their own health, wellbeing and lifestyles as well. How do they do this?

To be honest, no-one can do it without acquiring specialist knowledge, understanding and practical direction in this field.

That’s why we now provide dedicated wellbeing programmes specifically for EA’s, PA’s and Support and Admin professionals. It’s a two-pronged approach: understanding and scheduling high-health strategies for their executive charges, whilst implementing wellbeing rituals into their own personal lifestyles.

This enables you to maintain a high operational capacity in the face of pressured timetables, and ensures you retain your best support talent, operating at a consistently higher level, for longer.

Executive Education might not just be for Executives after all…

PS: On 19 April I’ll be presenting a special keynote at the Asian Summit for Secretaries and Admin Professionals in Singapore http://www.sttstraining.com/ASSAP/index.html. In this session I’ll be sharing my top tips, tools and techniques for losing weight, boosting energy, preventing colds and flu’s, staying fit, sleeping better, stressing less and fighting off the effects of ageing!

This is all about self-care, and how the benefits at a personal level can impact effectiveness at a professional level.

It’s just one key session of a whole host of expert presentations, so if you have a valued member on your team who could benefit from 4 days of high-level, role-specific training and interaction, I’d really encourage you to consider sending them along.

Details to register are here: http://www.sttstraining.com/ASSAP/registration.php



It’s NOT the Coffee or Tea…!

Would it surprise you to know that one of the greatest risk factors from drinking coffee, tea – or even hot chocolate – doesn’t come from the TYPE of drink you’re having at all, as I explain in the following short clip:

The Facts Behind the Fuss:

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, drinking very hot beverages increases your risk of oesophageal cancer by up to 8 times..! Researchers at the University of Tehran, Iran, studied over 300 people in Northern Iran who had the disease and compared lifestyle factors against 500 people from the same region who did not. The region does not have high rates of alcohol consumption or smoking – the two most common risk factors for oesophageal cancers – but the inhabitants are prolific tea drinkers, often downing over a litre of black tea per day!

Researchers concluded, however, that it was not the tea, per se, that caused the problems, but that fact that the tea was HOT.

According to Dr Michael Thun of the American Cancer Society “The problem is not the tea, but the chronic inflammation that results from drinking it hot.”

So how hot is too hot?

Drinking a very hot drink at 70 degrees Celcius (158 degrees F) or above raises your risk by 800%. Tea drunk slightly lower than that only doubles your risk, and hot drinks less than 65 degrees C (149 F) poses little or no risk at all.

Bear in mind that a cup of coffee at 65 degrees is still pretty hot, so don’t think you’re missing out on a heart-warming winter experience by taking the temperature of your drink down just a little bit…

Careful you don’t gulp your hot drink either…. Finishing a cup of tea in less than 2 minutes could increase your risk of oesophageal cancer by up to five times, whereas adopting a more leisurely (and some would say “polite”) pace of four to five minutes, poses little risk of damage – and possibly offending your fellow tea-drinking companions!