The CEO is also the Chief Wellness Officer

There’s no question that the chief executive officer has many important responsibilities. But, one of those responsibilities that is becoming more important to the productivity and profitability of your organization is the role of chief wellness officer.

What exactly is a chief wellness officer? The 10,000 Days Foundation defines a chief wellness officer as the individual who is responsible for the personal growth and professional engagement of employees in the workplace. It’s a position that requires seasoned leadership and great skill.

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A Conscious Culture Creates Profits

I once heard a physician describe the culture of his award winning hospital in this way. He said, “Just as our body needs red blood cells to live and grow, we also need white blood cells. Red blood cells equate to our income and profitability. But white blood cells equate to our patient care and superior performance in all areas.”

What the doctor described was really a Conscious Culture — one that fosters continued learning, personal and professional growth and the opportunity for people to apply their skills and knowledge in ways that benefit their customers and, in turn, the company. As a result profits are realized.

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Why Companies Need Spirituality in the Workplace

Is there a difference between religion and spirituality? The answer is a resounding yes. Religion is an organized movement built on a faith-based dogma that promotes and supports the beliefs of its followers. But, Spirituality, is an introspective process that allows a person to discover their higher purpose by examining their beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors. According to Dr. Dolores Fazzino, “Spirituality is the glue that holds the mind, body and soul together.”

I raise this question because businesses and organizations need to understand the difference between religion and spirituality, and the importance of promoting spirituality in the workplace. At a time when so many people are searching for meaning and balance in their lives, employers need to recognize they can profit from spirituality in the workplace.

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How to Find Fulfillment Past Fifty

In many respects these two questions are related because fulfillment comes from knowing and living your life purpose. Interestingly, the average age of the participants was mid-50s. The attendees were mostly women, who were trying to figure out what they’re going to do with their next ten thousand days. They talked about motherhood, raising their kids, achieving certain goals in their careers, marriage and relationships, and accumulating everything from jewelry to clothes and cars. But, that was then. Now, they want to do something meaningful with their lives. But what?

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In a recent interview, one of America’s most respected Life Coaches, Chess Edwards said, “Everyone has a life purpose. The challenge is to discover it and live it.”

I think that’s great advice. The question is how? According to Chess Edwards, “One way is to be present — to focus on this moment in your life and enjoy the experience of now.

Edwards says, “There is great power and pleasure in being present in the moment. Consider this: You know those people, who as soon as you meet them, they instill an instant sense of trust? Why is that?

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