Entries by Simon Shepard

Bridge the Gap

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 […]

The Importance of Boredom

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 […]

How resilient is resilience itself?

So the rugby world cup roadshow has hit town and I think that hit is a pretty apt word. With the advent of professionalism, it seems that ‘the lumbering prop’ is now a thing of the past. Whilst rugby is still a game for people of all shapes it would seem that being able to survive and […]

Wearable or Wearabubble?

I am off on holiday next week; flying over to France seemed a tad more attractive than The Chunnel at the moment and of course with the joys of flying I will be able to browse around the Duty Free shops. Long gone are the days when the goods on sale were broadly categorised as […]

One Plus One

I recently heard a management guru talk about team work and productivity. The basic message that he was delivering was that ‘One plus one had to be greater than two to be a truly productive team’.  Wise words indeed but what happens if organisations have been stripped back to the bare minimum when it comes […]