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Human Performance and The Benefits of Sauna

Welcome back to the show, everyone. This is Bill Murphy, your host of the RedZone Podcast. So today’s the title of this episode is ‘Human Performance and the Benefits of Sauna’, in particular Finnish sauna. So how did this start?

A couple of years ago, I had Wim Hof on the show. He trains people on how to elevate their body temperature when they’re immersed in cold water and he always had a sauna off to the side. Now, he has an institute in Norway, and I trained with him in Poland. Wim Hof has talked a lot about the benefits of sauna, relative to cold, it’s called thermogenesis.

I have always wanted to learn more about the benefits of sauna; and there’s been a lot of research on how sauna can help with your cardiovascular system. It can help with a variety of different diseases and with just general health and well being.

So, I asked the leading sauna person in the United States, Glenn Auerbach, to come on the show. I met Glenn in Minnesota when I went to look at a sauna he put together – and that I was planning to purchase.

In Minnesota, it’s quite an ice fishing culture, so it’s not a big step for them to build these really great ice fishing houses. Now, they’ve moved into building these really custom saunas. You can see on Saunatimes, the website that Glenn runs, what people have done with saunas, these outdoor saunas across the country. We get into what the differences are between types of saunas, like Finnish saunas versus your 24-hour fitness type sauna, or an infrared sauna, and what the real differences are there between them. We talked about the kind of ‘sauna culture’ in Minnesota and Finland. We talked about, as I mentioned, the science of it and the psychological benefits in alternating between cold and hot.

We covered a lot of ground in this episode. So, if you’re interested in sauna, and potentially integrating that into your experience and learning more about it, this would be a great episode for you. With that, I want to introduce you to my conversation with Glenn Auerbach.

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What is Your Legacy? How Would You Like to be Remembered?

I love to highlight CIO members from my CIO Innovation Community. In my short conversation sequence with Floyd Matsuda, Chief Information Risk Officer at SDFCU, we discuss the role of a mentor and the impact mentors have had in his life.

Through these stories you will learn how mentors have impacted him as a World Class Technology leader and it will make you think about your own mentors and how you can influence those around you who are looking for role models. I know you will love this because – if you strive to reach your highest potential you will need a mentor who has gone before you.

This is another great conversation with a member of my CIO Innovation Forum community. This group provides an important source for CIOs and IT leaders to get together, communicate, and dive deep into common concerns and challenges they face in their organizations every day. They learn how to flex different muscles in their thinking and recognize leadership and innovation opportunities.

To learn more about innovative defense strategies or in attending a CIO Innovation Forum lunch, email defenseinnovation@redzonetech.net

A full transcript of my conversation with Floyd can be found below.

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The Tried and True Discipline Of Seeing the People – from a Master CIO

Jim DePietro, CIO for Bowman Consulting, and I have known each other for over a decade. In this segment Jim shares the benefits of his approach and how it fosters collaboration, ideas, and critical commonalities and distinctions that help him draw on this knowledge to offer business units a unique perspective that spans all organizational departments.

As you listen to this short clip, I know you will appreciate how Jim’s leadership style creates positive communication channels throughout his organization.

This is another great conversation with a member of my CIO Innovation Forum community. This group provides an important source for CIOs and IT leaders to get together, communicate, and dive deep into common concerns and challenges they face in their organizations every day. They learn how to flex different muscles in their thinking and recognize leadership and innovation opportunities.

A full transcript of my conversation with Jim can be found below:

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The Inside Gig: How Sharing Untapped Talent Across Boundaries Unleashes Organizational Capacity

The Inside Gig: How Sharing Untapped Talent Across Boundaries Unleashes Organizational Capacity with Kelley Steven-Waiss CHRO|Entreprenuer|Author|Keynote Speaker

My guest today is Kelley Steven-Waiss. This is a woman who’s really at the pinnacle of her career. What I love is that, as a leader, you will be able to see how Kelley is dealing with the human resource issues that we’re facing in the marketplace. That both of the skilled resource challenges, being able to find talent and train talent, and how you create engagement and a culture that is both powerful and profitable, and embraces the new workforce all the way from the oldest generation to the youngest in the workforce.

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Lessons in Corporate Culture from Ancient Sparta

What Happened When Sparta Stopped Innovating on the Battlefield?

Sparta had a dominating run over 2000 years ago in the Mediterranean. One of the causes of their decline was that they shifted their focus in order to become an Imperial power. The formidable culture that they had built was stretched. Accountability weakened and the decline happened. They stopped innovating on the battlefield and stopped living lives in accordance with Spartan principles.

What can we learn from them, from their mistakes and their strengths and their leadership? This conversation is part of an interview I recently had with Paul Rahe, an expert on ancient Greece. Paul has written a trilogy of books on Sparta and the Spartans. You’ll find the links at the bottom of the page.

Listen to this short clip and hear how thinking in a much larger way can lead to long-term survival amidst times of disruption and change.

If you are interested in seeing the details of this conversation, the full transcript can be found below:

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