World Renowned Authority on Human Performance, Professor, and Co-Founder, Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute
Dr. Jack Groppel is an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance and Co-Chair of the newly formed Global Alliance for Health & Performance. Dr. Groppel currently serves on an academic appointment as Professor of Kinesiology & Community Health at the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, and served as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University for several years. Dr. Groppel has addressed the issue of worksite wellness and performance at such policy events as the United Nations Side Event for Physical Activity and Non-Communicable Disease, a U.S. Congressional Briefing on Worksite Health Promotion, and represented the worksite wellness industry at the historic Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities.
In concurrence with his Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute duties, Dr. Groppel is the Co-Chair of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Health, Performance & Productivity Study Committee as well as the National Spokesperson for the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.
Dr. Groppel authored The Corporate Athlete book on achieving the pinnacle of corporate performance and co-authored The Corporate Athlete Advantage. He developed the Corporate Athlete® concept for his training program while serving as an associate professor of kinesiology and bioengineering at the University of Illinois, helping both business executives and athletes increase performance levels. In 1992, he combined his program with Dr. Jim Loehr to form the Human Performance Institute. Dr. Groppel has also co-created, organized and led research on the Johnson & Johnson Patient Athlete™ program, which applies the Institute’s Corporate Athlete® program to joint reconstruction patients. He has been featured in the New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Shape, Fast Company and Huffington Post, among others.
Dr. Groppel is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine as well as a Fellow in the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Groppel is a Board certified nutritionist, a former Research Associate to the U.S. Olympic Training Center and he served as Vice President on the National Board of Directors of the United States Professional Tennis Association. Dr. Groppel also dedicated 16 years of service to the United States Tennis Association as Chairman of the National Sport Science Committee.
The Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute is the pioneer in delivering a science-based energy management training solution. Based on over 30 years of proprietary research, the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute has worked with elite performers, including Olympic gold medalists, military Special Forces, Hostage Rescue teams, surgeons, and Fortune 500 CEOs to achieve sustained high performance. In the past year, 25 of the Fortune 100 companies participated in Corporate Athlete® training, delivered across 32 countries, in over 500 sessions.
A motivating, yet highly entertaining speaker, he has spoken at thousands of functions on six continents for athletes, fitness experts, corporate executives, scientists, physicians, coaches and sport enthusiasts. He has shared the speaking platform with numerous dignitaries such as Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, President George HW Bush, President Gerald Ford, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Muhammad Ali, Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell, actors Christopher Reeve, Mary Tyler Moore, & Reba McIntire; and former Secretary of State James Baker.
Energy, not Time, is the Fundamental Currency of High Performance in Business
Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of performance and the most precious gift we have to give. Productivity, as well as health and happiness, are grounded in the skillful management of energy. To be fully engaged means to be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and fully aligned with the company's mission. Each individual represents a cell of potential energy in the larger corporate body. Great leaders begin by effectively managing their own energy. Great leadership is marked by the capacity to mobilize, focus, invest, channel and renew organizational energy in the service of the corporate mission. Just as individuals have a pulse, so too does the corporate body. The skilled management of energy fuels a strong and vibrant pulse and a fully engaged workforce.
The Fully Engaged Leader
The most important dynamic of leadership is the ability to ignite, focus and sustain people's energy in the service of a mission. The fully engaged leader must be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned with the corporate mission. Each of these capacities are necessary, none is sufficient by itself. The fully engaged leader learns to draw on all four sources of energy and to consciously cultivate them throughout the organization. Doing so requires leaders to be committed to training in the same way elite athletes do to expand capacity both individually and organizationally.
The Making of a Corporate Athlete
As demand accelerates, many executives lack the capacity to sustain high performance--especially under pressure. The creators of the Corporate Athlete performance model, described in a January 2001 Harvard Business Review article ("The Making of a Corporate Athlete"), argue that in order for executives to achieve sustained high performance, they must learn to train in the same systematic ways that elite athletes do. This requires drawing on four seperate but interconnected sources of energy to achieve sustained high performance. This presentation outlines the multidimensional training strategies adopted by executives and managers at more than two dozen Fortune 100 companies.
The Power of Full Engagement
Nearly 75 percent of American workers are disengaged, according to data collected by the Gallup Organization. To be fully engaged, one must be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned with the mission of the organization. Drawing on 25 years of experience working with world-class athletes and other elite performers, this presentation describes a unique science-based system for driving full engagement, grounded in the management of personal energy, and the development of highly precise performance rituals.
The Pulse of High Performance: Life is a Series of Sprints, not a Marathon
The conventional wisdom is that the best way to manage the endless demands of our work lives is to assume the mentality of a marathoner, conserving energy in order to stay the course over many years without burning out. In fact, sustained high performance requires the mentality of a sprinter--fully engaging for clearly defined periods of time and then strategically recovering. To live like a sprinter is to break work down into a series of manageable intervals--fully engaging and then fully recovering. This principle is called oscillation and it creates a powerful pulse that drives greater efficiency, improved health and happiness, and sustained higher performance.