Since the team addition of our health and wellness coach, Kylene Heykants, we’ve been asked a number of times over the last few weeks “why did you feel it necessary to incorporate health and wellness to Lead the Way”?
When you really take time to “look” at people… the person in the next cubicle, your boss, your family and friends, the grocery store clerk, the bus driver, etc. we are constantly connecting. And after all, connections are what make life beautiful?
We all know that a critical aspect of living our best life is our health and wellness. When you get that call that someone in your circle had a heart attack, a stroke or one of so many other terrible ailments, in that moment, nothing else matters!
We created Lead the Way because we care about individuals and business and are passionate about authentically supporting intentional growth, so adding in a health and wellness focus to our program just makes sense! The Dalai Lama teaches that physical health is linked to a peaceful mind and when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
When we looked at the vision for the Living Leadership Immersion program, our goal is for leaders to learn while they get away, focus on being present in the moment while creating an opportunity to dig deep with lasting clarity to maximize both personal and professional potential. We want to enable Executives to take five days, distraction free to reflect and create a result focused organizational integration strategy which will include health and wellness component. At the same time, we wanted to offer this leadership growth opportunity in a beautiful, inspiring and peaceful location where they can also connect with history, nature, each other and themselves.
As we were creating the first two retreats, we thoughtfully chose Banff as it was the first National Park in Canada and the third in the world. The visionary leadership that it took to establish a town with Tourism as a focus is something to be admired. Banff is a spectacular location for the team building portion of the retreat and to allow executives to connect with their mental, physical and entrepreneurial selves. As our second location we chose, Florence, Italy for its rich culture and fascinating history which took incredible courageous leadership to become one of the most important cities in the world and the centre of commerce, finance and arts. There is a beautiful world full of leadership examples where we can walk in the footsteps of our forefathers while we focus on continual leadership growth and Lead The Way will continue to research and add destination retreats that fit our model of living leadership.
Connect with us and let’s LIVE Leadership!