Executive Vitality Tips

Executive Vitality™We believe your vitality is among your most precious commodities. The more vitality you have, the more able you are to focus, to achieve, and to enjoy. If you have vitality, you have the exuberance, the physical stamina, and mental and emotional vigor to pursue your vision and mission as well as live the values of your organization. As CEO of EXCN, I am passionate about helping executives improve not only their leadership performance but also their Executive Vitality™. Every month we publish Breakaway Performance – Ideas that transform the way you work — with tips about well-being and good health. I hope these tips will help you focus on your vitality.

Alyssa Freas, Ph.D.
CEO & President
Executive Coaching Network, Inc.


Executive Vitality™: Play Builds Your Brain

Executive Vitality™: Play Builds Your Brain

Even during a crisis, we need to play … whatever that means to you. Play is a necessary contributor to success and to your personal health. Don’t take yourself too seriously.  Life is too short. […]

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Executive Vitality™: Is Tweeting Healthy?

Executive Vitality™: Is Tweeting Healthy?

Quite a bit has been written about the negative correlation between mental/physical health and social media use. We were particularly interested in what experts are saying about Twitter. One writer observes: “On even the most […]

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Executive Vitality™: Wired and Tired?

Executive Vitality™: Wired and Tired?

All leaders have felt this—wired and tired. Too much coffee, too little sleep. Too much stress, too little energy. Too many hours in an airplane, too little exercise.  Et cetera. What can you do? Proactively […]

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Executive Vitality™: Renewal, Rejuvenation, and Relief

Executive Vitality™: Renewal, Rejuvenation, and Relief

Harvard Business Review categorized a recent article entitled How to Get the Most Out of a Day Off under “Time Management.” I think of the day off more as a Mental Health day or alternatively, […]

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Executive Vitality™: Integration As Balance

Executive Vitality™: Integration As Balance

In recent interviews of direct reports of a CEO, one of the direct reports, Sam, said, “We don’t think about ‘work life balance’ as much as an integrated life.” Sam and I started talking about […]

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Executive Vitality™: Can You Help Reduce Your Organization’s Blood Pressure?

Executive Vitality™: Can You Help Reduce Your Organization’s Blood Pressure?

Imagine an executive team meeting with five participants. Two of them routinely take their blood pressure at home and periodically drop by the doctor’s office for the same purpose. A third participant owns an at-home […]

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Executive Vitality™: Work Safer—Practice Mindfulness

Executive Vitality™: Work Safer—Practice Mindfulness

What could air traffic controllers, the Mayo Clinic, Google, the United States Marine Corps, nuclear power plant operators, Caterpillar, and Florida Power & Light have in common with each other? The link is mindfulness—these organizations […]

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Executive Vitality™: Attitude Adjustment

Executive Vitality™: Attitude Adjustment

“Attitude Adjustment” was formed as a crossover band (somewhere between hardcore punk and thrash metal) in 1985 in Oakland, CA. When the band was formed, the phrase that became its name may have had the […]

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Executive Vitality™: Planning Your Well-Being

Executive Vitality™: Planning Your Well-Being

Boards and investors are becoming increasingly interested in the health profile of a prospective CEO. The issues of disclosure and privacy can be thorny – see Death of CSX’s CEO Renews Debate on Health Disclosures. […]

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Executive Vitality™: Turning Off and Turning On

Executive Vitality™: Turning Off and Turning On

Happy New Year! When you read this, it will likely be early January. I hope, for the sake of your Executive Vitality, you had some rest and relaxation time over the holidays. Most senior executives […]

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