November 2016 - Fitness

Best practice is called "best practice" for a reason: it involves tried and tested ways that ensure a business maintains optimum performance. Both business fitness and personal fitness techniques have been thoroughly researched, documented and established for many years. If you walk into a gym in Hereford the machines must look very similar to those in gyms in Hanover or Honolulu.

One day recently my mentor Georgia, advised that sitting in meeting rooms discussing business plans, marketing strategies and HR issues may help businesses get fit but it does absolutely nothing for my physical wellbeing. And then she suggested joining a gym. Now if there is one place I have successfully avoided for sixty odd years, it is a gym. And when I did my induction to find out about my Body Mass Index, recovery rates, muscle strength and fat content this only served to reinforce how very successful I have been (in avoiding a gym!)

So now I suddenly know a lot more about crossovers, synchros and shoulder presses. On my second visit I watched an extraordinary cross section of people; young and old, male and female, skinny and fat, pulsating back and forth, up and down, in and out. When my trainer had finished assessing my current lamentable level of fitness he handed me a three month programme of cardio vascular and weight training. "So what is the key to success?" I asked. A pretty standard business question I thought.

He looked me squarely in the eyes and uttered just one word, "Consistency". And then, "You sign up to the workout schedule and then you do it, week in, week out, month in, month out, whether you feel like doing it or not."

"Hmmm" I thought as I wandered down to the changing rooms, "just like business success."





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