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Fit to lead: What fitness can teach you about leadership

Divina Paredes | May 29, 2015
Louis Sylvester applies the principles he used as a personal trainer to get his clients "fitter, stronger, healthier and generally feel better about themselves" in the enterprise space.

If a business cannot afford a gym subscription then there are certainly low cost initiatives, he says. For instance, staff can be allowed to exercise together or go walking, cycling, running, swimming or playing a sport together during scheduled work time.

Provision of meditation space or stretching space can also be beneficial, he says, but discuss this with your staff. "It will help you quickly identify what is the most appropriate initiative that best fits the needs or desires of your work place.

"Providing visual management progress boards for staff who are keen will also help in seeing the 'before' and 'after' progress of individuals and will help in staff encouraging each other to reach and achieve personal goals set."

He finds it interesting that technology can impact health and productivity both ways.

People sit all day in front of the computer and check work mail and accept calls outside work hour, he states. At the same time, "Technology is certainly playing a great role today in helping corporate people get into shape."

He has first-hand experience on this: "My own smartphone has an app called 'Fitbit' which calculates how many steps I have taken for the day, distance walked, calories burned and pending what I have eaten, shows calories in versus calories out."


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