In this episode, I interview Jean Gomes, CEO of DPA—a business consultancy that helps organizations improve performance through people—Chairman of The Energy Project Europe—helping organizations build sustainable high performance cultures through energy management—and trusted advisors to more than more than 50 CEOs. Listen as Jean and I discuss the undervalued importance of bringing the right energy to a business, why measured breaks are one of the fundamental keys to success, and how we can better intentionally activate the creative half of the brain.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 03:21 – Bill welcomes Jean to the show
- 04:00 – Why energy always beats talent
- 05:40 – Two teams can be equal in talent, but the team that has more energy will have 8X-10X top line revenue
- 05:57 – Vision and commitment will lead to sustainable high-performance every time
- 06:54 – The top two ways we can change how we show up at work
- 08:03 – Physical—sleep, eat, exercise, etc.
- 08:37 – Emotional—how much time do the spend in the negative vs positive
- 10:45 – The scientific value of taking breaks
- 12:35 – The human body is designed to work in cycles—sprint, recover, sprint, recover
- 14:36 – What humans can do that computers can’t—take responsibility for difficult decisions, and form deep, interpersonal, human relationships
- 15:33 – We need people to be more human in the workplace
- 18:00 – Speed gets in the way of traditional human decision making
- 18:38 – Most organizations are in the mode of “how to we defend the status quo”
- 19:34 – Leaders who don’t give themselves space to be creative aren’t leaders—their managers
- 20:14 – Recovery is the opposite of what you’re currently doing
- 21:54 – Teach your brain that it can switch off
- 22:58 – Consciously dedicate more of your brain to the creative
- 25:43 – “Not thinking” is the best way to truly think—to obtain new insights, new perspectives
- 27:24 – Don’t take the victim mindset of “I don’t have time”
- 30:53 – Make the shift from “I have a body” to “we are a body”
- 33:45 – Start with the cost opportunity to start making changes to daily habits one at a time—narrow down on something small
- 35:40 – Emphasize the importance of renewal in your life—computers don’t need to renew…we do—be human, make waves
3 Key Points:
- Make the mental shift from “I have a body” to “I am a body.”
- Don’t pointlessly defend the status quo—have a good reason. If you don’t, embrace the momentum of change.
- Good energy always beats good talent.
- Jean Gomes – Today’s guest
- DPA – Jean’s business consultancy
- The Energy Project Europe -- An organization dedicated to helping companies create sustainable and healthy high performance in the workplace