HEADWAY Summer 2012

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  • Sporting body, business mind? AHEAD surveys the professional benefits of physical exercise
  • General Manager Rory Harvey-Kelly explains the sports psychology behind it
  • How business schools are changing
  • AHEAD's Muriel Malak celebrates ten years in executive search
  • Book review: Bounce - or how champions are made



Sporting body, business mind? AHEAD surveys the professional benefits of physical exercise
To be successful as a leader, you need 
to have a mindset similar to a top athlete.

AHEAD survey participant, June 2012

In this Olympic summer, the old adage mens sana in corpore sano still appears to ring true.  A resounding 96% of respondents in AHEAD’s latest survey believe that regular physical exercise has a positive impact on their performance or wellbeing at work. Yet only 27% of this cohort is offered any sporting or physical exercise facilitated by their employer.
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General Manager Rory Harvey-Kelly explains the sports psychology behind it
When Rory Harvey-Kelly left university in 1985 with a degree in Sports Psychology and German, he had no idea just how useful many aspects of his studies would prove to be in his subsequent business life eg. stress management, relaxation techniques, motivation, goal setting, anxiety reduction. Now a general manager with a strong international background in industrial equipment and material handling, here he comments on AHEAD’s survey results and reflects on his wealth of relevant experiences:
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Changing schools
With the Euro in crisis and previously unknown levels of change and complexity in business environments, demands on leaders are constantly evolving. As a result, business schools across the globe must shape up at a heady pace to prepare their MBA cohort for tomorrow’s world.
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AHEAD's Muriel Malak celebrates ten years in executive search
Celebrating a decade of consulting with AHEAD in Brussels is Muriel Malak. A commercial engineer from Louvain School of Management (UCL) by training, Muriel then spent 4 years with Air Products in various sales roles. Here she looks back on her ten years with AHEAD, which have passed incredibly quickly. Known for her exuberant passion for life and for her work, HEADWAY explores Muriel's philosophy ...
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Book review: Bounce - or how champions are made
The myth of talent and the power of practice by Matthew Syed1


Matthew Syed, an international table-tennis champion wrote an optimistic book about the myth of talent and the power of practice – or how champions are made.  His main message is surprising whilst being old-fashioned: success is possible for all of us, but it comes with hard work and self-belief rather than innate ability.

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