Over the past 10 years I have been collecting a mass of physiological data through my work at Optima-life. I have information on stress, sleep, exercise, resilience, energy – the list goes on; and as for numbers, I have over 3 billion digits at my disposal, that provide information on what is going on in […]
About Simon Shepard
For the past 25 years Simon has worked in the sporting, corporate and health sectors. The combination of environments and experiences has produced a fresh and multi-dimensional approach that brings together technology, education and motivation, to help organisations develop Key Human Performance Indicators (KHPIs).
He consults and delivers to the public sector, international businesses, sporting organisations.
Entries by Simon Shepard
The events of the past six months have highlighted that people can be fragile, indeed for many the vulnerability has been devastating. Life has changed significantly. As teachers and support staff move towards a new school year, one that is likely to feature new working practices, disruption, and uncertainty, their leaders will need to provide […]
‘Everything you do, you’ll do better with a good nights sleep’ Ariana Huffington They say that life is a balancing act; and this is so true when thinking about how we can counter the mental and physical demands of everyday life with effective recharge and the most important recharge mechanism we have is sleep. It is something […]
If you were granted 10% more time in your day, a magical 144 extra minutes, what would you do with it? Relax, sleep, answer more emails, get to the gym – there are many possible answers to a question which is, unfortunately, a mere fantasy. In a world that is rapidly changing, maybe the one […]
It was nearly twenty years ago that the dot com bubble burst. Invention, adoption, growth, expansion, more, more and more……….. then, all of a sudden, bust with some serious corporate casualties along the way. As we move forward into the next decade there are other sectors that are growing at a significant rate. Have they […]
Over the past ten years, I have collected a heap of physiological data on UK PLC whilst it goes about its routine week. The data will look at things such as stress, sleep, physical activity, resilience, and has been collected from lots of different sectors, on people with varying skills and titles. There are many personal stories […]
Earlier this year I was asked to moderate a two-day conference in Finland. The event, hosted by @FirstbeatTechnologies, brought together speakers from around the world and focused on the theme ‘Elements of Optimal Performance’. There were some excellent presentations from the world of health, sport and work but there was one phrase that really struck […]
Four years ago, I completed a tender document for an automotive company looking for a partner to deliver a strand of work entitled Health & Leadership. If I am honest, most tender documents I find quite tedious to plough through, so it was interesting to come across a word that I had never heard before. […]
When delivering workshops, I often talk about the balance between non-negotiable and negotiable demands. These demands can change on a daily basis and this is so true when considering the demands of shift working. In the world of the #NHS, working a night shift is potentially one of those non-negotiables, on the other hand how […]
So January has been and gone, 2016 is firmly embedded and life may have moved from the great expectations and enthusiasm that a new year brings and drifted back into the monotonous humdrum that Monday to Friday offers. Like many other businesses Optima-life started 2016 with an all-day get together so that we could set […]