你是否经常考虑你的饮食、锻炼、情绪和心态对你的工作效率和表现的影响呢? 徐晓鹏（Rick Xu），全球公司中国区的前CEO，现转型为精力管理培训师，他与公司客户分享了非常科学的理念和经验。他向客户展示了如何管理生活和健康的方方面面，来有效地平衡身体健康和工作效率。
How often do you consider the impact of your diet, exercise, emotions and mindset on your working efficiency and performance?, a former China Managing Director/CEO for global companies turned energy management trainer, shares highly scientific concepts and practices with his corporate clients. He shows them how managing various aspects of their lifestyle and wellbeing is an effective way to link their health to their productivity at work.
Although such concepts and practices are gaining popularity in other parts of the world, like in the U.S. and the U.K., many of Rick’s training defies conventional wisdom and traditional thinking within Chinese society. However, he says that boosting your energy is one of the most important factors for raising your efficiency at work. So, how does managing your energy improve your performance, and why is this unique training topic so effective with and engaging to many busy executives?
Managing your energy to improve your work efficiency
Food and diet - “There are a lot of misconceptions in China when it comes to food,” Rick says. “Most people don’t realise how much the food you eat impacts your work efficiency.” Rick references the scientific example of the glucose curve to break myths surrounding energy and food. “Glucose, more than anything, has a massive impact on your level of alertness. If you eat too much sugar and your glucose level is too high, you become sleepy and lethargic. But if your glucose level is too low, you’ll have difficulty focusing.”
So Rick recommends slow energy releasing foods such as whole grains, fruit, nuts and yoghurt as a preferable alternative to sodas, candy and highly processed and refined carbohydrates. As a result of his training, some of his clients have even replaced high sugar foods with these healthier options in their canteens to raise the energy and performance of their employees.
Exercise – While exercise and fitness have a huge influence on performance, busy managers and executives rarely have the time to fit a workout into their demanding schedules. Most people assume that to get fit, they need to run for miles or spend hours in the gym each week. However, Rick says, “When it comes to exercise, intensity is more important than time. Energy management is all about providing practical, efficient results that can be easily implemented. Essentially, how you can spend minimum time exercising for maximum results.”
For instance, he mentions that high intensity interval training, or HIIT, is an increasingly popular and scientific method of exercise that involves seven minutes of high impact, strenuous exercise a day, 3-4 times a week. “This is just as efficient as going for a 40-minute run,” states Rick confidently. “It’s also less hassle. You can do these exercises in your office and achieve the same fitness results.”
Rick also points out that scientific studies show that your brain slows down if you sit still for over 30 minutes. So, it’s important to get up and move around throughout the day to get your blood flowing and maintain your energy in an office environment. Even simple stretches every half an hour or hour will improve your focus and alertness. Rick promotes this form of exercise to all of his trainees as the most efficient way to increase fitness and improve performance within a team.
Emotions and Mindset - “Most people don’t realise how much negativity hurts both your health and work efficiency,” says Rick. “But it’s the number one barrier to focus and efficiency in the workplace. So energy management also teaches the importance of being aware of your feelings and building positive energy.”
For example, in his energy management workshop, Rick encourages his workshop participants to try writing down everything that was good about their day just before they go to sleep. After three months, he claims this will change how they see the world and help them realize how beautiful and wonderful their life truly is. “Doing this changes the structure of the brain to embrace positive thinking,” says Rick. One participant even told him that eight months after receiving his training, he was still practicing the habit. The reason was the “warmth he felt in his heart” from being touched so profoundly by this daily practice.
Hard to ignore the science
The core value of Rick’s workshop is in its meticulously researched content. Energy management is not only highly practical for providing efficient and tangible ways of tackling problems at work, balanced nutrition, exercise, and emotional wellbeing all impact your day-to-day challenges and realities as well.
Rick’s workshop also draws its value from the science behind it. Every concept and fact he shares are based on medical science, physiology, sports science, nutrition, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science and behavioural science. So for his participants, they not only learn many practical things they’ve never heard before, Rick also introduces many ideas to them that go against their long-held sensibilities.
Still, hard to change lifestyle and habits for most
Rick notices how many busy managers and executives today are becoming more interested in energy management and other non-traditional, career development training. They find themselves stuck in their current situation and are looking for a turning point to break through to the next level of their career.
However, changing a person’s mindset is still quite challenging. Although younger people are more open-minded to science and knowledge, only a small percentage are open to changing their habits. Most people only truly change their mindset and behaviour when they reach a crisis point in their life and have to make a change, or fail.
So while you may not put so much thought into what you eat and how you move around, science shows how these have a big impact on your productivity at work. Taking control of your health and lifestyle not only directly affects your focus and efficiency, it also enhances your wellbeing, positive emotional energy and overall happiness. The impact of this on a leader, team, and company is profound. This is what Rick is incredibly passionate and dedicated to showing professionals in China through his unique expertise.