Thursday, 2 June 2011

Balancing Act

balancing act Health and wellness has today become one of the major concerns in the modern life, especially in the corporate world. We all have read the news on untimely demise of Mr. Raghu Pillai (Future Group CEO & Executive Board Member). Mr. Pillai is the third high-profile corporate leader that India Inc has lost to heart attack in the past two years. And unfortunately, many more such deaths go unnoticed. Attributing their death to any one specific issue is like looking at the tip of iceberg.

2mpower consultants interviewed people at CXO level in the corporate world and researched on lifestyle of top executives for the last fifteen months as part of our initiative to empower people's life (  Presented here is a view point or an approach which can play an important role in preventing such incidence in the future, while people continue to perform duty in high stress corporate world.

When it comes to health and wellness, we talk about nutritious food, physical activity, good sleep and ability to manage work-life balance. But you will agree that India Inc senior professionals are well read and exposed to such basic advice. They are smart enough to appreciate this and incorporate it as part of their lifestyle. Then why we have seen such incidence in the past!

In our study, we have found that 99% people (including doctors) lack in effective execution of this basic mantra, thereby invite illness on themselves. Why is this so? Here is an interesting analysis.

Our day is occupied by series of task. Daily task selection and even prioritization is dictated by our value system. These are individual values, family values, social values and work values. Importance of these values for effective living starts forming right from childhood but gets fully crystallized during young adulthood. Most people at various phase of their life compromise on some by giving importance to other. When this neglect happens unwillingly, it causes conflict. Conflict is the root cause of strain on our individual, family, social or work fabric. Conflict results in negativity. This precipitates as negative stress in our daily life. Negative stress results in physiological changes which impacts body organs and causes imbalance in our day to day functioning. Disease arising from such living condition is termed as lifestyle diseases. Onset of such conditions is gradual and precipitate at the age group of 40-50 years.

Hard work or positive stress by itself does not cause distress or mental exhaustion. It is caused by our conflict in values, which results in imbalance task selection. After a heart attack or a loss of dear one, we reevaluate this imbalance. But very soon get back to our old routine.

In 2mpower, we have been working with our clients in addressing this core issue. We have seen astonishing results. Once mental conflict is resolved, life style changes require little effort in adoption, be it diet, exercise, rest or work-life balance.

Implementation of these four elements (diet, exercise, sleep, stress) through balanced value system is critical. Implementation in silos will be incomplete and ineffective.

Have a fulfilling day.

From the CEO's desk - Mohammed H. Naseem

1 comment:

  1. I think that stress mgeeaamnnt is only part of the solution. If the job makes demands which are inherently unrealistic and anti human, then the system is the problem, and the solution is not just my personal responsibility.