If you don’t know what NeuroCoaching is yet, then get ready to get on board soon. You will want to understand what it is and when to use it. I’ve been studying the discipline for about 10 months now and I am still blown away by the effectiveness of the techniques. The impact of stress on our lives and health is getting more and more visibility in the media. Threats – both real and perceived – are all around us and it often seems hard to get any relief from the onslaught. And that is precisely the issue. Our amazing brains are struggling to evolve as the pace of change around us accelerates ever more. The physiological reactions that were perfectly matched to the threat of being eaten by a saber-toothed tiger are not always healthy for us when constantly triggered by the demands of modern life.
The estimated impact of stress to the US workforce is in excess of $300M annually. 65% of workers surveyed indicated that they had been impacted adversely by stress responses in the workplace. 55 million employees in the EU reported being impacted by stress and in a recent article in Japan, a tragic 21,500 people were reported as literally dying through hard work. If you don’t believe me take a look at this article from The Washington Post (July 31 2016): Do the Japanese really work themselves to death in some cases yes. I’m fairly confident that these estimates may represent the tip of the iceberg with many hours of lost productivity or re-work linked to error going unnoticed because the effect of stress was less severe.
So why NeuroCoaching and not any of the more traditional areas of coaching, e.g. Executive Coaching or Health Coaching? I became interested in the field after suffering from a period of dangerously high blood pressure linked to a very difficult episode in my professional life. As I re-evaluated my priorities and looked to return to my profession on new terms, a former colleague introduced me to the amazing Dr. Stan Rodski (MINDPeakPerformance & ThinkGroup Neurosciences). Based in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Stan (as he insisted I call him) was easy to talk to from the get-go and clearly passionate about the work he was conducting in the field of stress in the workplace.
So, again, why Neurocoaching? For me, I loved the fact that there was objective (bio)feedback that enabled me to measure my progress via a tiny earlobe sensor. I also loved the fact that I didn’t need to analyze or even identify the source of my stress – this approach focuses entirely on the physiological impacts of a stress response. Marvelous! Who wants to re-live the day that you want so hard to put behind you? Last but certainly not least, the techniques that I was learning all amounted to less than 10 minutes each day and so they are all perfectly doable no matter how busy I was.
I already had an interest in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) having qualified as a Master Practitioner in the 1990s. As I learned more about NeuroCoaching and the Cognitive Neuroscience that underpinned the approach I was more and more convinced this was not only a very effective approach to manage the impacts of stress, it was also amazingly effective as way to achieve peak performance in high pressure situations. I ultimately signed up to study with Dr. Stan – and also with Dr. Justin Kennedy – as part of the Neuroscience Coaching qualification program that he delivers for the University of Pretoria.
I’ve had the unique opportunity to travel along with Dr. Stan as he has evolved the latest iteration of his Peak Performance coaching programs. The Brain Edge™ has been developed for individuals at the top of their profession so that they can bring that extra something to deliver the competitive edge that makes the difference in that big moment. The Brain Edge™ courses are aimed at for primary groups of high performing individuals:
- Sports Achievers
- Fostering Innovation & Creativity
- Split-second Decision-making
- Promoting Wellness
So far, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some very talented individuals who are already at the top of their respective professions. I’ve been privileged to learn along with them and also to observe the competitive edge that the NeuroCoaching techniques have given them.
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