The Reality of the Corporate World

Almost all of the business corporations I’ve worked with are challenged to find the balance between getting results and the well-being of their human capital or staff. They are so focused on external results that their leadership has not learned the science of performance from a health perspective.

They are ignorant to the fact that the overall health of their staff affects the performance of their company, including engagement levels, the turnover of valuable people in the business, and the numbers of burnout cases. All these issues add up to costing companies literally millions and millions of dollars every year, and the GDP of nations’ economies billions of dollars yearly.

It’s definitely time that the corporate world wakes up to the fact that they need to work with their staff as whole people. The company’s greatest asset and largest investment should be their primary concern to support performing to their full potential. It is well overdue for leadership to begin to understand how health drives performance.

“Health has to be our number one value. If we don’t have health, we have nothing—we have no quality of life.”

At the moment, leadership is too fixated on getting the external results and giving external support. They pay for gym memberships, massages, and activities, but they’re not really dealing with the inner game of health, as I’d like to call it. They’re aware of the outer effects of it, but they haven’t gotten to the cause and started to work with it—because they don’t know how. I see that as a major gap in the corporate world that needs to be addressed, and we’retouching on this—just touching on it—to help create awareness in these pages.

Whoever you are and wherever you come from, if you’re a human being, your health affects you, whether you like it or not. Health has to be our number one value. If we don’t have health, we have nothing—we have no quality of life. It has to become a priority for every person in this world, and we need to wake up, because the number one killer in the western world is heart disease.

Yet, over 100 years ago, heart disease didn’t exist. Before 1900, pneumonia was the biggest killer in the USA and life expectancy was 47 years old. By 1930, after years of medical research into fighting infectious diseases, pneumonia was eradicated and heart disease became number one.

What has happened in the last 100 years that is causing literally millions of people on this planet to die every year from coronary heart disease? It’s time to wake up.

An excerpt from The Evolutionary Leader – 5 steps to dramatically develop people and performance by Timothy Carroll.

  • Gary Hassenstab

    Absolutely correct! I would also expand the definition of health to mental and emotional health. Covey’s concept of “production” versus “production capacity” is the perspective to keep. Especially in today’s tighter labor market for like technology skills. In many market’s, it is a “seller’s” market for talent. GH