S02Ep04 – Elevate Your Mind and Enhance Your Director Performance

Paul Smith

Welcome back to season two of Boardroom Hustle. This season, co-hosts Paul Smith and Anna Byrne are switching gears to focus more on the future of boardrooms. They’ll hypothesise and theorise about the technological changes that we’ll be seeing, the regulation that will come with it, and how societal influences and a rapidly shifting status quo will serve to better the boardroom.

The guest on this episode is Amon Woulfe, founder of Collective Minds, an organisation that works with people and teams across the globe in various situations, helping them to boost their performance, especially in high pressure and stressful environments. Amon has a refreshing, enormously intelligent perspective when it comes to improving mental resilience, understanding how to train the mind, and the tools and skills most necessary in order to do so.

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If you’re looking to enhance your own performance, or you’re in a leadership role and are wanting to give your team an added edge, give the podcast a listen. Not only will you find out how to start upgrading your brain and avoiding professional burn-out, you’ll also find out the answers to things like:

  • How to improve your mental cognition
  • The knock-on effect that can occur when you and/or your team isn’t performing at their peak
  • The three aspects of your mind that you need to cultivate in order to start really winning at life
  • Neuro-rigidity, neuroplasticity, and why your brain dislikes being wrong
  • The potential positive and negative impacts that come from biometric technology
  • Theories behind how the future boardroom might approach the use of bio-technology
  • Alpha, Beta and Gamma brain waves, and which one is the best for creativity, innovation and better performance
  • Why we’re all walking around in various states of stress and anxiety
  • What influenced Amon to work with human potential, and the one thing he thinks this planet needs more than anything else
  • Actionable steps that you can take today to help elevate your mental and emotional performance

Top 3 Action Items

  1. If you’re wanting to improve your performance, the best place to start is by measuring your current state of mind. How stressed are you? Do you sleep well? What’s your resting heart rate like? Knowing these things, and more, is essential to improving them. Fitbits are proving popular, but there are more advanced wearables such as the Oura Ring, the Muse neurofeedback headset and the Halo Sport headset.
  2. Our cognitive health declines every single day. Meditation is one of the best ways to reinforce that cognition, and studies are showing that a twenty minute meditation session is best for actively changing the brain. But it can be difficult for the novice meditator, so start small with twelve minutes each day. This will keep your cognition at its current state. Increase your meditation time with each session, until you’ve reached twenty minutes a day.
  3. Remember that the busier your mind, the lower your performance will be. When you quiet your mind through mindfulness and meditation, you increase your performance, improve your reality and better your health.

Links:
Amon Woulfe LinkedIn
Collective Minds Website

If there are topics that you’re particularly interested in or any new buzzwords floating around, we’d love to hear from you so that we can talk about these ideas on the show. Email Paul at psmith@futuredirectors.com or Anna at anna.byrne@neuropowergroup.com.