A management consultant based in Singapore lays out a comprehensive, multipronged approach to increasing one’s leadership performance.
In this expertly crafted debut, Daane shares several strategies “designed to fuel the brain and develop capacity for improved performance.” He concentrates on three areas—nutrition, exercise, and neuroscience—and combines relevant contemporary research with his own techniques. He writes that “an alarming number of executives” are burned out and exhausted and that many organizations’ employees are disengaged. He then suggests that executives who demonstrate positive behaviors, such as healthy eating and regular exercise, can inspire those who work for them. The book’s section about overcoming bad stress by eating well and maintaining good exercise habits covers subject matter that’s been amply covered by others before. Fresher and more valuable, however, is its discussion of “sustained attention and performance,” which includes a novel program of “Exercise in 4 Dimensions” that combines physical and sensory exercises. Daane spends a few welcome chapters on how his methods can improve creativity, and in a section on change, he makes an intriguing point: although world-class athletes train and practice far more than they actually perform, “for the average executive, this ratio is reversed.” The author suggests that executives need a performance “simulator” and that “[n]euroscience is teaching us that this is the way in which exercise and nutrition may offer the greatest benefit.” The book’s final portion details a very specific “periodization program”: 24 weeks of carefully planned activities that can lead to “brain and body health” and thus cultivate “positive leadership.” Daane also includes several case studies of people who’ve employed his methods, as well as a list of resources, including assessments and workshops provided by his firm.
An eye-opening wake-up call for executives who want to take better care of themselves.