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Transforming Challenges into Business Growth

Transforming-Challenges-into-businessA survey was conducted on fifteen senior executives to identify the most relevant challenges that corporations are facing today. The main issues recognized include:

  1. Increased unpredictability and complexity
  2. Increased speed of change
  3. Shrinking profits and/or market share or lack of growth
  4. Decreased productivity, drive and innovation potential
  5. Unsuccessful leadership, absence of vision and/or ineffective strategy and cooperation
  6. Call to move towards self-awareness and reinstating trust
  7. Call to strengthen relationships with customers and suppliers
  8. Call to  reignite passion,  meaning and values at the workplace
  9. Call to create the space to promote  innovative work

In order to overcome these challenges and create new business opportunities, an innovative leading style is required.  As head of the strategic heart of your company you are the key to achieving this transformation.

Would you agree that to be creative, think out of the box and find the ingenious solutions that will put your company back on the lead, you need to maintain and/or improve your level of performance while reducing the energy investment?

Of course you agree, you are a smart educated person, after all you are the one in charge…. but how do you do it? How can you be relaxed, fresh and in touch with the best of your qualities?

The secret is efficient energy management and optimization of your performance curve. When we are in a state of flow the right decision is made at the right time.

The Personal and Executive Performance Enhancement programs of BestOfYourself can help you do just that. We deliver programs that will not only help you be successful in your professional life but will positively enhance your personal life as well.

Do you want to know more about Performance Curve Optimization and how BestOfYourself can support your company’s success? Get in touch with us; we will be happy to answer all your questions.


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Living in the NOW

Yes, I now…. this is not state of the art, fresh of the press, newest of the newest….but isn’t it good to be reminded of life’s simplest truths every now and then?  Watch this short and funny video…it will make you laugh and hopefully reflect.

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Scientific Breakthrough Could Lead to Preventive Therapies for Stress

Brain_2A recent cutting-edge study shows a significant association between chemical structure of brain and acute psychological health issues. As per a group of scientists at the School of Leicester in the UK, neuropsin, a brain enzyme in human brains promotes stress and may be associated with stress-related psychological disorders.

Responding to this study, Dr. John Pawlak, also from Leicester, led a team of scientists that managed to unveil the secret the role of amygdale, epicenter of mind, in unleashing an abrupt response in people when they are bombarded by an emotional catalyst.

Normalizing brain function is pivotal in the prevention and treatment of stress and stress related illness. One of the possibilities to manage brain function and specifically the working of the amygdala is hypnosis.  Research performed on the brain shows that hypnosis gives an individual the ability to control the amygdala by encouraging the mind-body connections of this area of the brain.

When someone is in a state of hypnotic trance the amygdala normally shuts itself off. Both our body and the brain are in a deep relaxation. All feelings of concern are turned off.  This creates the window for bio-regulation in which with the help of a skilled hypnotherapist, the person’s unconscious mind is able to leverage the stabilizing and healing power of “targeted hypnotic suggestions” to correct behavioral patterns that encourage stress.

For information about our Stress & Burnout prevention and Recovery Program visit: Burnout and Stress Management, Relaxo (links a las paginas correspondientes)



How You Can Boost Your Brain’s Willpower with a Simple Working Memory Exercise By Adam Dachis

BrainSome say your willpower is limited and others believe it is as strong as you think it is. Regardless of how much you have, it turns out that you may be able to boost it with a simple brain training exercise.

It all comes down to the strength of your working memory, which sits in your prefrontal cortex and is tied to executive control. What’s that? A cluster of abilities that include paying attention, planning, remembering things, and your ability to perform and inhibit actions.

Dr. Sian Beilock, writing for Psychology Today, points to a recent study in the journal Psychological Science that discovered how working memory plays a large role in the strength of your executive control. This study took two group of heavier drinkers (30-ish drinks per week) and performed a few tests. The first group—the treatment group—performed working memory exercises. For example, they saw letters on the screen in a given order and were told to remember them. When the sequence of letters completed, they were tasked to remember those letters in reverse order. These tests became increasingly more challenging. The placebo group had similar tests, but they were consistent and easier. Unsurprisingly, the treatment group is the one that improved:

“These folks also improved on other executive control tasks that they had not practiced. Even more impressive, people in the treatment group reduced their alcohol intake by about 10 glasses a week compared to what they drank before the study (with the biggest reductions for those with the strongest impulses to drink alcohol). People in the placebo group did not show a change in their drinking behavior.”

What this means in the long-term is still unknown, but in the meantime can borrow the simple working memory exercise from this study and do it on your own. Doing it with some regularity, and with increasing difficulty, you may be able to improve your working memory and, therefore, executive control.

For more tips and trick for boosting your willpower, check out our guide to better self-control.


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Making “The Right” Decision

Decision-MakingAt one point or another everyone has had their share of poor choices and bad decisions. Anyone claiming the opposite is either lying or simply or compulsively avoiding making decisions.

As someone who spends quite some time with “Decision Makers”, I can assure you that when it comes to the ability of making decisions most leaders are not natural talents; they need to work hard and in a structured manner to develop the set of qualities that enable consistent efficient decision making.

Nothing will challenge your “Forerunner’s nerve” more than your efforts to make good decisions. The way to the “Top” is paved with the ability of proper decision making and the slide back down is often made out of that “one bad decision”. Nothing will challenge your “Forerunner’s nerve” more intensively than you efforts to make good choices!

The intricacy of the business landscape today, the increasing expectations of 
performance, and the speed at which decisions must be made, make a mad recipe for bad decisions. This is exactly why having a proper framework for decision making, access to the correct information and counsel in combination with a healthy, efficient and highly analytic mind are essential ingredients for successful decision making!

Key elements of the “good” decision making process:

  1. Processing the overwhelming amount of incoming information
  2. Understanding the hierarchy of information
  3. Seeking the right counsel
  4. Using metrics and a decision making framework
  5. Taking care of your mental and physical health: This may very well be the most crucial aspect of all. Your decision making process is as efficient as your capacity to interpret, discern, analyze and make assessments. Enough exercise, the right foods, time and space for relaxation are essential ensure you stay at the top of your game; Maintaining a stable high-level performance curve ensures you making the right decision at the right time!

Good luck with your choices today! even though we know luck has little to do with it

Inspiration and sources

· http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6339.html

· http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-31545596/dont-blink—-the-case-for-careful-decision-making/

· http://charlim888.50webs.com/demo_websites/decision_making_project/pages/dm_good.htm

· http://www.pearsonified.com/2006/08/how_to_make_the_right_decision.php

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Are You a Manager or a Leader?


There is considerable discussion about the differences and similitude between Management and Leadership roles. Whether good Managers can be good Leaders and whether great Leaders are born or is it a quality that can be developed with the right training.

Regardless of your inclination, you will find that some of the competencies necessary to excel in either role are interchangeable: they both involve goal/task management, a degree of authority and power and influencing others within and outside the organization.  Managers operate under a Leadership and Leaders must understand the “short-term” challenges faced by Managers in order to motivate and lead them into a “long-term” strategy, which often implies change.

Both positions need to master technical skills, human skills and conceptual skills. Nonetheless, the intensity and frequency in which each these skills are used is essentially different in the process of Leadership vs. Management.

A Manager’s focus is typically goal oriented, seeking a degree of order and consistency while a Leader’s focus is more process oriented and tends to seek change and movement to develop the organization beyond its own limits to either reach full potential or transform or re-invent itself.

An individual can be a fantastic Leader, a great Manager and in some occasions, even both; however one thing is clear each process requires mastering slightly different skills and competencies. Navigating the fields of both Man­agement and Leadership is usually just as simple as knowing what context is most appropriate to the situ­ation and applying oneself in a leadership or manage­ment capacity. The basic difference is that a Leader needs to create and communicate visions for change while inspiring others and maintaining long-term focus.

Growing into a Leadership role requires among other things flexibility and the ability to broaden your focus beyond the standard. With the proper guidance and a good dose of perseverance, these qualities can be acquired.

For information on how to develop your full Executive Potential, please visit www.bestofyourself.com and check out our Executive Performance Enhancement programs.

References & Background Reading

Leadership vs. Management University of Kentucky Community and Leadership Development K.  G. Ricketts, http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/elk1/elk1103/elk1103.pdf

Northouse, P. (2007). Leadership theory and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.