In this 68th and new episode of the Strategy Skills complimentary podcast, audio version, we introduce you to an amazing neuroscientist, Dr. Wendy Suzuki.
Wendy and Michael discuss how much many of us compromize our cognition and what can be done to improve our performance. You may be able to brag about that 1 a.m. email but if you could monitor your level of cognition you would quickly see, "Oh my God! This is not good." What is it doing for your brain? What is it doing for your executive functions in the pre frontal cortex?
Leadership is not just about managing a team and setting goals for them. This is such a one dimensional definition of leadership. Leadership is whether you can be fullfilled by what you are doing, be able to get up in the morning and not kill yourself in the process of meeting a goal that some shareholder wants you to meet.
You have to distinguish between health and performance. You can be performing quite high but you can be doing some dangerous things to push those numbers up, or to push that productivity up. Just because you are performing well does not mean you are doing it in a sustainable way.
If you enjoy the conversation and would like to learn more from Wendy, we reccomend you read her engaging and practical book "Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better."