The secret of your team's success

Six magic bullets

Six Magic Bullets is designed for businesses that want a cultural change with regard to Human Performance and Wellbeing, uniting the audience through shared knowledge based on "why" as much as "what" and "how".  It is a series of highly interactive, 60-minute seminars that support the CHX experience, enabling event participants to reaffirm learning whilst sharing the expert knowledge with the wider audience.

The seminars bring the key sciences together in a series that takes current research and translates it into simple messages that when applied, enable the participant to achieve high-impact results through simple changes.  It gives the participant enough learning to make informed choices, focussed on achieving better results and at the same time enabling improved quality of life.

Bullet Number One

The Mind Doesn’t Exist and Your Brain is Past its Sell-By-Date

An overview of how the brain and mind interact and an introduction to how the four pillars critically underpin performance in work and life.

“Stone Age Brain” may not be a familiar term to you, but to psychology academics such as Professor Chris Beedie (CHX Science Director and Professor of Clinical Exercise Science and Psychology, Christchurch Canterbury University) it is used to refer to the fact that biologically humans have not evolved for tens of thousands of years, whilst our environment has become unrecognisable.  It's great if we want to jump out of the way of a rampaging animal at a moment’s notice, but not so great if we want to make great business decisions whilst battling  a cocktail of stress hormones. 

Bullet Number Two

Food For Thought – Nutrition and Mental Function

How blood-sugar regulation and energy are keys to success, how easy they are to manage but how easy they are to get wrong.

Pop food science - as depicted on TV and in tabloid papers – has led to a modern day fear of carbohydrates, fats and sugars, self-denial that we drink too much alcohol, a belief that coffee and tea equal hydration, and a general gap in real knowledge of how we should eat and when.  Largely fuelled by a belief that if we look good then we must be healthy, many, many people are continuously undermining their own efforts to forge ahead in their careers.  Alison Stork and Chris Beedie talk about how simple changes can have dramatic changes, and it’s not all about denying yourself pleasures...

Bullet Number Three

Sleep Your Way to The Top

The importance of sleep to mental performance – What happens while we sleep, what happens if we get sleep right or wrong, and how we can create the right environment to improve it.

Sleep is at the heart of physical and mental performance.  In the mid to long term less than 6 hours sleep per night can cause a number of chronic and life-threatening illnesses, but far more important in the short term is the dramatic effect that curtailed sleep can have on our ability to function at work and in life.  Dr. Charlotte Edelsten (Senior Research Fellow at University Hospital, Geneva) highlights the modern day phenomenon of “presenteeism”, talks about the critical reparatory functions of sleep, and shares tips on how to improve our chances of sleeping through the night.  

Bullet Number Four

The Wrong Fit

Exercise is like a prescription drug – Use it but don’t abuse it.  Exercise can just as easily wear you down as it can pick you up.  We look at the short and long term benefits of getting it right and risks associated with getting it wrong.

Did you know that if you exercise at moderate to high intensity (as percent of heart rate max) then you are actually increasing your levels of stress hormones?  That you are actually less fit after a hard workout?  Dr. Chris Beedie talks about how exercise can be misused, and also how it can be hugely beneficial.  When you do it, how you do it, how you support it, are all key to making sure it has a positive influence on your mind and body.

Bullet Number Five

Bonds and Risks

The science of how challenging environments and group exercise can increase the bond within a group.  We know it feels good to do things as a team, but did you know there are biological reasons behind this?

It is actually proven in recent research that if you exercise in a group at moderate to high intensity that the bond between the group is increased.  Dr. Emma Cohen (Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at Oxford University) talks endocannabinoids and social motion...  as well as why it’s good to challenge yourself in the wilds. 

Bullet Number Six

Your Personal Eco-System

How to capitalise on your surroundings for maximum positive impact, recognising opportunities to connect with your natural environment.  We can create and control our environment, and in doing so determine our own success, but our environments are becoming less and les conducive to achieving optimum performance and we have to work to reverse that trend.

Damien and Chris talk about creating the right environment, summarising how the Four Pillars interact and leaves you with a framework to make lasting change, both individually and as a group. This is the participant’s chance to make sure everything is in place to maximise potential both at home and at work. 

The CHX Science team

The CHX Science team includes leading research academics in the fields that make up your Personal Eco-system, and all have worked together with CHX or in areas of research led by our Science Director, Dr. Chris Beedie.  

The Seminar Series is based on real science: 

  • Based on current scientific research findings, coordinated by CHX Science Director, Chris Beedie who is a leading expert in the link between physiology and psychology
  • We synthesise and integrate findings from a broad range of sciences into a user friendly and easily applied form. We get behind the headlines so participants can get a better idea of which ones to believe
  • We unite the four sciences so the audience starts to understand how important they are to each other, and how the four can tug against each other if even one is ignored
  • The series allows for 40 minutes of interactive Q&A in each seminar for individuals to explore in more detail the areas of specific interest

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