In May 2016 I took the decision to invite Dr.Rowe into our offices in Bluefin Payment Systems to do his one day masterclass in wellbeing with all our staff mainly due to local feedback about how good the class was.
I was met with a mixture of scepticism and disinterest from our mainly technical staff who thought this was going to be “new age / hippy / alternative / not for them type training”, our staff have multiple technical degrees and masters in Software Engineering and Mathematics and dismissed the idea immediately.
Dr Rowe was immediately written off before he began!
However within minutes of starting Dr.Rowe had them eating out of his hand. His facts based approach referencing science, journals and studies won them over immediately. His enthusiasm was literally contagious and the pace of the day was at full throttle.
Everything he said made sense and this was the first time all of us had someone linking our career success to our physical health, mental health and all the other aspects that make up a human being – family, home, work etc.
I can honestly say the day was brilliant, there was no down time, no time to get bored, no time to want to sneak a look at email.
Since the masterclass we have included a monthly slot at our regular staff meeting to ask “what have you done since the Dr.Rowe Masterclass”. The results are truly impressive, a mini list includes
Lost Weight / Made up with my sister / Got that mole looked at / Started putting work milestones and goals in my journal / Started meditating / read his book with my family.
As a company we have set up a lunch time walking club and we do 4 kms in 35 minutes at 1.30pm every day. We also eat dark chocolate as a treat and have made lots of small changes, we do ergonomic exercises as a group every day and we think differently. There is a great sense of energy in our offices which regularly gets commented on and I strongly believe it is due in large part to the seeds sown at the Dr.Rowe masterclass that we have cultivated since he was here. Our sick rate is virtually zero and our staff are definitely a closer team and a healthier team.
In a world full of people trying to sell you training and training tools it is imperative to use your money wisely and get a return on your investment. I can honestly say it was the best money we have spent on training since we incorporated the company and several staff including myself say it was the best training course they have ever been on.