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talks ABOUT LEADERSHIP + WELLNESS

Connected EC CEO and Founder Jamie Shapiro speaks at Fortune 100 companies, national conferences and groups. Her style is interactive and dynamic, giving participants hands-on experience with wellness practices that they can easily incorporate into their daily routines.

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THE PATH TO VISIONARY LEADERSHIP: THE MISSING LINK OF WELLNESS

Participants in this workshop will take a deep dive into the three levels of leadership and core dimensions that run through all three. We focus on the most essential elements of nutrition, physical fitness and training of the mind so that participants can begin making high impact shifts that lead to visionary leadership.

Connected EC was founded on a scientific approach to leadership. Conventional wisdom or intuition about what makes for great leaders is not good enough; we sought to develop a reliable model that can move the needle for anyone who wants to become a great leader.

We waded through an overwhelming amount of data and published studies to discover some surprising and powerful missing links.

First, the pinnacle of great leadership is actually the culmination of three progressive levels of mastery:

  • Vital Leaders who lead by example and force of will.
  • Empathetic Leaders who are able to facilitate the growth and contributions of other individuals on their teams.
  • Visionary Leaders who are able to inspire organizations and communities to action and innovation. This calls for the capacity to inspire.

Second, vitality is the typically overlooked foundation for all leaders. High levels of stamina, adaptability and focus are necessary to sustain the drive necessary to lead at all levels. Executives need to cultivate wellness in the way professional athletes do, with personalized nutrition, physical fitness and training of the mind.

Third, developing just three core elements of vital leadership creates a clear and simple path to becoming an empathetic and visionary leader. It’s about building on and expanding what has already been learned.

This workshop is ideal for senior executive teams and boards of directors.

 

EMERGING LEADERS: BURN BRIGHT WITHOUT BURNING OUT

Your rising stars are one of your organization’s best assets. But how do you ensure that they burn bright without burning out?

Connected EC Founder Jamie Shapiro was a rising star in the software industry. A classic Type A personality, she had earned an MBA and Masters in IT by the age of 24, and was a competitive triathlete. By the age of 28, she was offered a position as Vice President in which she managed a team of 50 and a $25m budget.

Jamie focused all of her energy and drive on her new role which paid dividends for the company and her career. Soon she was in line for SVP. From the outside, everything looked great.

But inside, she was burning out. She gained 30 pounds in nine months and began suffering stress-related health issues. Within one year of her promotion, she felt she had lost herself. She committed to recovering her wellness and began an evidence-based study of the best ways to prepare the mind and body for leadership.

This talk relates what Jamie and her team has learned about cultivating wellness for emerging leaders based on research and experience coaching leaders at Fortune 1000 companies. Participants will learn practices to help them burn bright and go the distance.

 

PERFORMANCE FOR LEADERS: HOW TO MAKE FOOD WORK FOR YOU

Eating well can make a significant difference in energy, mental clarity, focus, emotional resilience and stamina, not to mention overall health. But what kind of food best supports leaders?

Should you be on a gluten-free, paleo, mediterranean or vegetarian diet? How do you eat well while on the road? What’s the best way to mitigate energy crashes? Why are fats and protein so important to include in your diet? Are carbs good or bad?

What nutrients and vitamins are most critical for leaders and what is the best way to incorporate them into your daily routine? What should you eat before an important meeting? What’s the best way to start eating healthy so that you can sustain a good diet?

This talk addresses these questions and focuses on how to use nutrition to fuel performance. It shares evidence-based strategies on nutrition and dispels common myths and misinformation about nutrition. Participants walk away knowing how to eat for better leadership and receive materials including recipes and shopping lists to help them do so.

 

NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF: WHAT ANCIENT YOGIS AND MODERN NEUROSCIENTISTS HAVE TO TEACH TODAY’S LEADERS

How much stress and fear flows through your organization on a daily basis? Are people afraid of failing or is failure embraced as a ticket to innovation? Do you have team members who hold back on speaking up because they are afraid of looking bad or engaging conflict? Are you afraid that if you don’t have all the answers you won’t be valued? Most of us carry lots of little (and big) fears into work every day.

Mounting evidence from neuroscience shows that fear is an outstanding stimulant for physical survival, but it significantly degrades the mental functions that are essential for innovation, conflict resolution, problem solving and relationship building. Even when fears or anxieties are fleeting, they have a corrosive effect on our nervous system, cognitive ability and health.

Leaders are tasked with developing a culture where people can perform at their best. And that means that it has to start with the leaders learning how to minimize anxiety and fear—their own and that of their team members.

Ancient principles and teaching from yoga can help leaders create courageous organizations. At its core, yoga is a system of teaching that was developed over centuries to quell fear and other “waves of stress in the mind” so that people can function at their best. It has little to do with the athleticism we associate with yoga today.

This talk brings to light the hidden role that fear plays in organizations. It applies ancient yogic wisdom and findings from neuroscience to leadership. Participants will learn simple techniques that will help to minimize fear and inspire confidence in others.

 

STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR WOMEN LEADERS: YOU CAN’T JUST LEAN IN

Despite great strides in gender equality in the US, only 17% of our senior leaders are women. Those who do make it into leadership positions report higher degrees of stress than their male counterparts. This is a problem not just for the women leaders themselves, but for the organization as a whole.

A recent study showed that women are better suited for leadership than their male colleagues when it comes to clarity, innovation, support and targeted meticulousness. When we fail to develop and retain women leaders, we create organizations that are less capable.

Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to look within and lean in. But to break through the glass ceiling and continue to lead long and strong, women leaders need more than grit: they must develop ways to manage their stress so that they can go the distance.

Too many women leaders push themselves to exhaustion—both at work and at home. Like a duck that glides gracefully across the water, its progress may seem effortless to the observer, but just under the surface there is a frenzy of paddling.

This talk introduces women leaders to stress management practices suited specifically for them. It addresses ways to incorporate exercise, rest and recovery in a busy schedule, nutrition to build energy and a variety of relaxation techniques. Participants will walk away with clear ideas of how to manage their stress effectively so that they have more energy to lead and live fulfilling lives.

 

WHY ARE WELLNESS PROGRAMS FAILING?

Many organizations are instituting Wellness programs in an effort to reduce healthcare costs, but few of these efforts are delivering results. Participation rates are generally low, costs keep rising and employees continue to lose productivity for health-related reasons.

Wellness programs make good sense when you consider that 75% of all healthcare costs are spent on chronic conditions that can be managed or even reversed by lifestyle changes. Well employees aren’t only less costly, they are more engaged, innovative and collaborative.

And employees stand to gain by becoming healthier. So, why are so many Corporate Wellness programs struggling?

This talk examines a variety of approaches to Corporate Wellness and offers some best practices learned from initiatives at Fortune 1000 companies. It addresses the following questions:

  • Which wellness initiative gets better results: distributing Fitbits, subsidizing gym memberships or offering Lunch and Learns?
  • What is the single most important thing that leaders can do to improve participation in wellness programs?
  • What things do companies do that actually reduce participation in their wellness programs?
  • What critical elements of wellness are typically missing from corporate programs?
  • What easy, small steps can every company take to improve wellness?

This talk is ideal for human resource professionals.

 

LET’S GET PHYSICAL: EMBODIED LEADERSHIP

How’s your body feeling right now? Flexible and strong? Tight and sluggish? Is your posture hunched over, slouched or comfortably erect? It’s not hard to see how physical fitness has a direct effect on energy, stamina and leadership presence. People who are fit, feel better and project confidence.

When most executives decide that they want to get fit, they head to the gym ready to feel the burn. The typical result is exhaustion and often injury, not embodied leadership.

Connected EC Master Trainer Ben King is a sort of Yoda of physical fitness who brings a deep understanding of the body to help leaders build strength and stability from the inside out.

This talk shares an unconventional approach to fitness that gets participants moving in the session and addresses:

  • Movement: what kind is best and what it does for leaders.
  • Good cardio: there’s more to it than getting your heart rate up.
  • Posture: how to condition your body to maintain a posture of confidence and ease.
  • Balance and stability: the power of core strength training.
  • Rest and digest: why it’s essential and how to get the most rejuvenation possible.