Recently I had the pleasure of coaching the Vice President of Capability for an ASX listed company. Hard-working, dedicated, with an outstanding professional ethic.
She applied the same commitment to achieving outstanding results in her wellness and as a result her energy, focus, and overall wellbeing skyrocketed.
I recently caught up with her at a leadership event and was delighted to hear she was still implementing many of the genetic-based high-performance strategies we’d discussed.
But I was dismayed to hear the ongoing challenges she was facing in the organisation:
- Why are you not drinking, what’s wrong with you?
- Are you not well? Why are you just eating salads?
- No, the meeting will push through. Lunch is postponed to the afternoon.
Unfortunately, this kind of bravado talk is endemic both in corporate and public culture. We’re socialised to boast about how little we need to sleep, how hard we can push, how early we can hit the gym and how hard we can drink.
Like Santa and unicorns, this mindset is based on a myth that has nothing to do with long-term, sustainable high performance.
Have you ever been shamed based on your wellbeing endeavours?