Doing | Thinking | Living
- LMA Awards Dinner Monday
- Delivery of the RBS – Building Resilience workshop in Milton Keynes and Birmingham
Thinking – About Manchester
With the events that took place in Manchester on Monday night this week has been sad and challenging. I can only imagine the desperation and sadness of the families and friends of those who were murdered, but having been in Manchester on both Tuesday and Thursday this week I have been exposed to a City that has been challenged.
I was totally oblivious to the events at The MEN Arena until 06.00 on Tuesday morning when I was awakened by the reports outlining the events of the previous evening. I ventured to Milton Keynes station unsure as to how the day would unfold. This is a train that I often get and it is usually standing room only from Macclesfield. Today the train was quiet, not just in the volume of people but also in tone. Today the only noise was coming from a news crew heading to the scene of the crime. Their energy was understandable but equally was quite macabre.
Piccadilly station was eerily speechless, armed police evident, sombre faces aplenty.
My first meeting was a one to one session. To be honest I thought that the session may end up being postponed but it went ahead. The individual was fairly numbed by the news. Tears flowed. We talked. Soon we were back on topic.
My second session was with a group of NHS employees, where I was delivering a workshop – ‘Perform @ Your Peak’. The session was energetic but the tension still evident. Again there were tears, but there was also encouragement, support and a sense of importance.
Thursday, I returned to Manchester to deliver another workshop, the train was full, the volume of Piccadilly station had returned and there was vibrancy on the pavements as I walked across the City at lunchtime. The delegates were engaged and focused and the topic, ‘Resilience’, made even more relevant by the poignant punctuation provided by a silence at 11.00.
I am sure that Manchester is ‘not back to normal’ and for some families where life has been taken away some things will never return, but what I have seen this week is an individual and an organisation and a city where resilience has been challenged.
Hats off to you Manchester, I am sure the pain remains but you seem to be doing a great job in supporting you and yours in times of adversity.
- The team attended the 2 day #HRVSummit17 in Helsinki with top professionals from all around the world who share a common interest in changing the way physiology is used to improve health, life quality and sports performance.
Thinking – Hygge in Helsinki
Last week most of our team ventured over to Helsinki, where we attended Firstbeat’s inaugural International HRV Summit. The event brought together a range of experts, pioneers, technologists and futurists who spoke about the power of psychophysiology. Doctors spoke about prediction and prevention, sports scientists focussed on performance, business coaches debated productivity, resilience and purpose. The programme was eclectic, but the common theme was very clear, this was all about helping people, whether they are patients, players or employees. Create a multiplier effect and then the theme expands to helping societies, teams, organisations and businesses.
Alongside the academic and anecdotal (both of which were incredibly valuable) was an audience of around 200 people who were authentic in their desire to create an approach that seems to be summed up by a Nordic word Hygge. I had never heard of this until reading an article on the flight back. Apparently Hygge is a concept that encourages being rather than owning. One that enthuses about contentment, alignment of values and togetherness with ones actions.
We don’t have a word that is as simple as Hygge, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t something we can aim for.
- Perform @ Your Peak has been to Lancashire Teaching Hospital
- Commenced a project on fatigue for a leading transport company
- Delivered a programme for a bank in the tightest fitting room possible #sardines
In a week when tennis players are falling (Murray, Djokovic, Williams) and the rebirth of a 32 year old, Jermaine Defoe, at International level, readiness in sport seems as prominent as ever. We believe that readiness is about managing workload and optimising recovery at both a physical, mental and emotional level. In our experience sports teams are pretty good at the physical stuff, okay on the mental front and not so hot on the emotional factor, yet the ‘draining tariff’ that accompanies emotional issue is a high one. Despair is draining, euphoria is…………well it is also draining, maybe not in the short term, but if poorly controlled can impact performance and fatigue levels. Creating an emotional balance is tough, especially when you are in the spotlight of the world’s press and social media. The physical demands are often non-negotiable, but working on the mental and emotional drainers will only help reduce the demands that go through our systems.