A true professional athlete is completely focused and very driven in every aspect of their sport. They live a healthy life, are disciplined and they perform and relax at the right time. They may take part in the Olympic Games in Rio, but their success is not guaranteed.
In general, the career of a professional athlete is between the ages of 18 and 32. After that, they go and do something else.
The ‘classic’ manager delivers their best performance mostly between the ages of 35 and 65. They don't live a healthy life per se, they don't relax enough, they drink too much and they haven't quit smoking yet. They have no or too little time for their family. A top manager delivers the performances of a professional athlete, but lives the life of a restless workaholic. Sometimes it works, but often it doesn’t.
Fortunately, a health craze has slowly but surely started to creep into the boardroom. In recent years, senior management have been drinking and smoking noticeably less and paying more attention to health in the broadest sense of the word. Fitness for body and mind. Enjoying a work-life balance is increasingly becoming an everyday reality. The US has led the way in this for years. This 2001 article may have contributed to this: https://hbr.org/2001/01/the-making-of-a-corporate-athlete
Some senior managers may have such a belief in their own excellence and (pre)dominance that only their supervisory board can convince them of the importance of having physically and mentally healthy managers.
Maes & Lunau is happy to work with supervisory boards to keep a company’s star players fit and competitive.
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