Tao of Peak Performance ™ [for leaders]
Harness the power of your whole mind-body to unleash your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy and become a "whole leader"
Leaders need a balanced, resilient and peak performing brain (a "whole brain") for problem solving, learning abilities, soft skills required for leadership and team work, flexibility/adaptability, decision making from various perspectives, creativity and intuition.
In our fast-paced highly demanding modern world, leaders are entangled between loneliness at the top, increasingly complex problems to address and high demand for attention from various internal and external stakeholders. Multi-tasking, difficulties to have family time, less face to face connections, out of touch with their biological rhythm, reduced sleeping hours are challenges often encountered by leaders and they can become depressed, anxious, burnt out, chronically stressed or unhappy. Tao of PeakPerformance™ holistic transformation program was specially designed to address that!
Tao of Peak Performance™ creates a bridge between old wisdom and vanguard sciences related to the body, heart, breathing, brain/mind, nutrition, sleep to help leaders develop and sustain habits and routines in their life to become fitter and healthier (“whole fitness”), sharper more resilient and more balanced (“whole mind”) and ultimately a happier and more fulfilled version of themselves! (“whole leader”)
In a recent McKinsey study(*) of over 25 years with 7,800 CEOs, they concluded that excellent CEOs need a certain mindset and adhere to 18 practices related to their responsibilities. After analysing with attention these 18 practices, we can say that excellence in more than half of these 18 practices are depending of a well- balanced and peak performing brain.
Another Accenture study with 200 C-suite executives and over 11,400 employees (**) concluded that leadership teams that develop “whole brain” skills outperform in average by 22% of revenue growth and 34 % of profitability growth as measured by EBITDA.
* “The Mindsets and practices of excellent CEOs”_McKinsey Quarterly October 2019
** “striking balance with Whole Brain Leadership” published in June 2019, Accenture Strategy
Leaders and senior leaders of leading corporations have chosen the Tao approach to vibrant peak performance and fulfilment:
Tao of Peak Performance™ is specifically designed for people who are working under high pressure in an increasingly demanding environment and they don't want to sacrifice their health. They want to improve their resilience, happiness and performance.
Tao of Peak Performance™ participants want to be:
- Physically fitter & healthier
- Mentally sharper & more balanced
- More connected with themselves, others and able to unleash their inner energy
Typically, the people who will benefit the most from this holistic program are:
- C level suite
- High profile project teams designated to challenging work (e.g. management consultants).
What is this Tao of Peak Performance™ program about and what makes it UNIQUE…
Health, happiness, work performance and fulfilment are all interconnected. Cultivating these different elements and finding some balance between them is key for a leader to bring success into his/her personal life and into his organization and to sustaining it over time.
This scientific program combines and interrelates:
- Movements and exercise practices to generate vibrant energy and bring the brain in the right conditions for peak performance and fulfilment (e.g. movement and sport science, endurance mastery techniques)
- Mind training techniques and tools (e.g. science of performance, science of happiness, NLP, neuroscience, mindfulness) to rewire the brain for the better
- Nutrition principles to support mind-body transformation (note: I have learnt more than 100 theories during my holistic health coach certification to help individuals find what works for them and give them a “sense of direction”)
- Science of sleep and recovery principles to support the mind-body transformation
- Change management techniques and holistic coaching to bring the learning from intellectual understanding to habits and routines that stick and grow over time
How leaders benefit from this program:
A key outcome of this program is the ability to increasingly access the “flow” state (or “zone”) inside and outside of work life in a sustainable way.
The “flow” is scientifically proven to lead to mental peak performance and inner fulfilment. In the flow, the “whole person” is engaged physically, emotionally and mentally. It is an optimal state of consciousness that happens when body and mind become ONE in the present moment. It is a state where action and mindfulness co-exist, time slows down, and the inner voice chatter progressively fade away leading to the release in the brain of happy and performance hormones like serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and others…
Here are the typical benefits that leaders can expect in taking part to Tao of Peak Performance™ program:
Calmer and clearer mind
For better decision making
As a result of enhanced focus and concentration
Boosted vibrant energy
Increased energy level and stability
Increased mental resilience
More endurance and determination
And ability to see problems from different perspectives
And mind-body connection
Better ability to adapt
Deal better with uncertainty, let go
And related anxiety, worries, mood disorders, better sleep
Increased sense of purpose
Increased positive mood
Reduced days of absence
Less frequently sick and for shorter duration
Ultimately, the “whole leader” transformation [balancing personal health and wellbeing with work performance] benefits the “whole business” transformation [balancing business performance with business health (*)] through higher engagement of teams, growth, higher employee retention, … resulting in increased ROI and business long term sustainability
(*) Reference Beyond Performance 2.0: A Proven Approach to Leading Large-Scale Change. Beyond Performance 2.0, backed by rigorous studies and facts about business long term performance concluded that businesses more than double their odds of successfully leading significant, sustainable change by applying equal levels of insight and rigor to the “hard” and “soft” elements that matter.
TAO of PEAK PERFORMANCE ™
Approach & content of this program
Tao of Peak Performance™ holistic program is designed to guide leaders in developing habits and routines to manage and nurture 4 domains of energy that interconnect and reinforce each other’s: physical energy, mental energy, emotional energy and spiritual energy. At the end of the program, leaders have built solid foundations for vibrant sustained peak performance. It becomes a lifestyle.
Typically, it comprehends 8 modules of a duration of 2 to 2.5 hours (a mix of theory, and practice) spread over a period of 10 to 15 weeks. The modules are categorized in 4 pillars and one transformation engine as per bellow:
What Leaders Say...
" I joined the Tao program as a birthday gift for myself :D Looking for a way to better manage my personal energy and continue my performance improvement. What an experience!!! By far my best gift this year!!! Starting by a great epiphany during the program related to balancing different areas and how to manage my life's cycle using all pillars of an holistic approach - for a "work hard, party harder, and run like there is no tomorrow" kind of person this was definitely a turning point.
Then learning and practicing mindfulness has really enhanced my focus. Stephane's "field and forum" method has provided me with the foundations for a continuous improvement journey, and for an engineer/expert consultant, knowing the science related to these was definitely a plus!
The results so far are beyond expectations - running better, higher energy when it matters most and I'm now a more present person - so I definitely recommend Stephane as a coach, improving with him has been a great journey so far ! "
"I never thought that I would be able to run a half marathon before I met Stephane Thiltgen, founder of Tao of Running and Tao Lifestyle.
Fast forward to 2018 and I am proud of having run 5 half marathons this year. My yearly body check is also showing some improvements compared to previous years.
Over the same period, my team at work grew from two to a department of 40+. Running with Stephane and changing my lifestyle enabled me to drive this change successfully at work and to become a better leader. It reduced my stress, anxiety and worries and helped me wake up fully energized. It also gave me a calmer and clearer state of for decision-making and problem solving and improved my concentration power.
Finally, it also increased my ability for authenticity, empathy and compassion and improved the way I relate to my colleagues and subordinates."
"As many executives, one of my biggest challenge is to keep clarity, focus and strength in order to make best possible business decisions. Decisions more and more difficult to make in dynamic, volatile and overwhelming environments. No need to add that work-life balance is a crucial topic in our over demanding world. I was looking for an holistic program to support me in balancing everything and re-developing the feeling of control and mastery in my life
Stephane, is using running as a mean to bring the puzzle pieces together. Always backed-up with scientific researches, Stephane is guiding us in a very interesting journey where we learn how works our body. I better understand myself and discovered the limitless capabilities of my machinery. And it works !
Results are really amazing (and for me very fast): Better focus and clarity during the day and much better quality time with my Family.
I highly recommend the Tao program for everyone that has to manage very demanding environment, who has the impression to pay a too high sacrifice in order to succeed, or simply who wants to feel much better in his body."
"With 96 kg on the scale, a high cholesterol level and an overall dissatisfaction with myself, I needed to get myself in shape again.
Despite a very active schedule and many trips abroad, Stephane convinced me that he could help me to reduce weight and increase my overall health and wellbeing. So, I decided to give a go to his program.
After 5 weeks, my weight had already dropped by more than 5 kgs. After 4-5 months, I was at 85.5 kg. A reduction of more than 10 kgs ! For somebody of my age and height, I am not in the obese category anymore. I do have regular health check ups and monitoring blood and cholesterol levels. My Doctor congratulated me on the excellent LDL/HDL ratio that now is more than normal without any medication.
Those improvements make me feel a lot better mentally and give me significantly more energy on a daily basis.
Following Stephane's program has really made me healthier physically, mentally and emotionally. Thanks a lot Stephane ! "
"This is not a new year resolution… It's a lifetime resolution!
I am 44 year old. And I didn't know how to breath. I didn't know how to run. I didn't know how to eat. I didn't know how to be in peace with myself. Now I do.
I (re)learned it through this great programme. Lasting impact on your well-being!
Good for your body, your mind and your soul. Try it and (re)connect with your true self."
“I started this program to mainly improve my running techniques so I wouldn’t have soreness every time I run and to loose weight.
This program has brought all of that but much more. The way Stephane shows how this is only part of the equation, how he links mindfulness, nutrition and sleep to the whole experience is very compelling.
I consider myself as a more rational left-brain person so combining the theory with the exercises really drove it home for me that the real benefit is in the right balance. I got the results I wanted, expanded into meditation, eat different and I see results are continuing to improve after the program. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a change that can last.”
“I spend over 60% of my time travelling in the APAC region. Although I enjoy my hectic life and work, I felt the need of managing better my lifestyle, especially my health and mind to create a postive 'virtuous circle' and go out of the vicious one !
To do so, you need guidance and support : I decided to take part in the Tao program. The holistic approach promoted by Stephane is very concrete: Running and exercise, mindfullness, nutrition and sleep principles and other techniques taught by Stephane are easy to understand and the interactions between each of them are powerful which make them easier to apply in your daily life.
It really works ! I was for example very reluctant to running (I hated it!). And now, I feel the need of going out and run, few times a week. Also, today I feel much more relaxed , I have a clearer mind, I’m more creative and I have a better approach to problems at work. My energy level is great and I have more smiles on my face ;-).”
“As a professional executive coach, this program had been really useful to bring additional ways to handle stress.
Getting back to resourcefulness thanks to mindfulness and mindful running, ensuring a proper 'me-time' to brainstorm more creative ways to deal with a complex situation and providing a discipline to self-care.
In my profession where so much relies on how grounded I am, self-care and well-being are essential, yet one needs to also find how to fit it in a busy schedule.
The program contributed to help me install these special recharging times in a rythm that suits my professional activity. Thank you for your coaching Stephane !”
"I was under super high work pressure, my sleep was badly affected and I was consistently feeling low in energy and had difficulties concentrating.
I have always had some sports activity in my life, in my younger days, I used to play handball and do cycling at a good level and I had run a few half-marathons in the past with a very honourable performance.
But this program has not only changed my approach to running and sport in general but also my approach to my overall lifestyle. I have changed how I use my mind, how and what I eat, how I breathe during and outside my exercise. Today, I feel more relaxed and balanced. I have lost weight. My energy is higher and more stable and I’m more aware of my emotions.
I highly recommend Stephane's program to anyone who needs to find lifestyle solutions for a high-powered career life!"
You can enrol to Tao of Peak Performance™ as an individual (e.g. if you are an entrepreneur or a leader of a small organization) or we can partner with your organization to customize Tao of Peak Performance™ to meet specific needs of selected leader(s)/ team(s) to perform @ their peak
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