About Cris

Have you heard about those guest speakers and facilitators who go on and on about how wonderful they are? And then tell you how they ‘discovered’ the answer and now you can have it too (at a huge cost)?

Well, that’s not Cris. He believes that kind of talk disempowers people. And we’re here to excite and incentivise your people. He also has a healthy respect that everyone’s path is unique. As such, you should “walk your own walk”.

What does Cris mean by this? He’s had struggles (and still does). And he’s made a few mistakes. In fact, he believes in making mistakes every day, to learn and grow. But Cris also believes in learning from others. His journey has taught him some valuable shortcuts. Shortcuts that can help you (and others) avoid some of the pitfalls he’s experienced.

Cris has shared a stage with the likes of the Dalai Lama, Brené Brown and others. Their inspiration shaped the successful wellbeing practises that Cris now brings to workplaces.

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    Scatter your workload… actually and not literally

    Since the dawn of (business) time, there has been a push on efficiency, and rightly so, improved efficiency leads to higher productivity. As a businessman of more than 35 years you won’t get an argument from me about that.

    Lean Thinking was one of these efficiency processes. It was about having everything at your fingertips, being able to move from left to right is a systematic approach, and have things labelled so you could find them faster.

    Unfortunately, it’s not until we implement these ideas, that we find there is a downside. This can lead to sedentary behaviour, fatigue, and decreased productivity.

    We need a balance. What can we do to provide efficiency, but stop people sitting for prolonged periods of time? The answer could be to scatter things around the office so that people have to move more.

    Here are 5 simple ways to scatter your workload:
    1. Place the printer in a remote location. Often when we print something, it is at the end of an activity, so this provides a break between one project and another.
    2. Place mobile phones in a remote location. This has a dual effect of not having distractions as we work, along with having a clear delineation between office and out of office calls.
    3. Implement a “no eating at your desk” policy. I’ve covered this in an earlier blog, but in this case, it’s all about getting up and moving, rather than food appreciation.
    4. Have a “no internal emails” day. This is the same as above, but really about moving the legs and body, and building relationships. Remember that “motion creates emotion”.
    5. Have a coffee break. If you can, go to a local coffee shop outside of the building. This adds the extra element of getting some fresh air.