The Hintsa Team conclude their first session at the 2017 WEF Annual Meeting

The Hintsa Team conclude their first session at the 2017 WEF Annual Meeting

Formula 1 World Champions Nico Rosberg and Mika Häkkinen as well as three-time Le Mans winner and BBC’s F1 commentator Allan McNish share their thoughts on reaching the top.

Formula 1 World Champions Nico Rosberg and Mika Häkkinen as well as three-time Le Mans winner and BBC’s F1 commentator Allan McNish share their thoughts on reaching the top.

Just a few hours ago, the Hintsa team and over 50 session participants concluded the first of two Hintsa sessions at this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

In the spectacular ‘Base Camp’ venue situated on the Rhinerhorn mountain, Luke Bennett, Medical and Sports Performance Director of Hintsa Performance, and James Hewitt, Hintsa Performance Head of Science & Innovation, opened the session before Nico Rosberg, current Formula 1 World Champion, offered his perspective on how mental preparation in sports can be applied to the business world.

Nico was joined by Mika Häkkinen, Two-Time Formula One World Champion and Allan McNish, three-time Le Mans winner and BBC’s F1 commentator in a panel discussion facilitated by Harvard Business School Professor Linda A. Hill. 

You can see a video of Nico Rosberg and Mika Häkkinen, as they shared some thoughts ahead of the session, from the cable car which carried the participants to the venue:

Focusing attention on what matters the most

The session themes reflected many of the discussions that are taking place at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: how we can prepare our body and mind to live and work for longer than ever, the need to take more responsibility for our own health and wellbeing and find ways to focus our time and energy on what is most important in a world that is vying for our attention.

Dr Luke Bennett, the host of Hintsa's WEF session together with three motorsport world champions.

Dr Luke Bennett, the host of Hintsa's WEF session together with three motorsport world champions.

The panel discussion with our three motorsport world champions was followed by interactive workshops. Luke and James discussed the results of a 17-year longitudinal study, describing how grip strength may be ‘bio-marker’ of ageing, and gave the participants an opportunity to test themselves.

Juha Äkräs, Hintsa’s Executive Chairman facilitated a discussion on ‘Core people’ - the people who matter most in our lives, and away of the hyper-stimulation of Davos city centre. Pauliina Valpas, Hintsa’s Business Development Director, took participants through a ‘Default Mode’ exercise, to restore their attention and mental energy with the help of the beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the venue.

The session also marked the official launch of our latest book ‘Exponential - Better Life, Better Performance: From Formula 1 to Fortune 500’, which explores many of the themes and questions raised in the session, in more detail.

Dr Aki Hintsa Posthumously Awarded for his Work in Formula 1 and Beyond

Dr Aki Hintsa Posthumously Awarded for his Work in Formula 1 and Beyond

The annual Finnish Sports Gala celebrates and awards athletes and influential sports people alike. This year the Sports Gala paid respect to the late Dr Aki Hintsa by awarding him for his achievements in one of the most challenging sports in the world, Formula One. The award was granted to Hintsa Performance that carries on Dr Aki Hintsa's important work.

An exceptional honour for a truly exceptional man

The award was granted specifically for being a supporting force behind winning athletes. Normally several candidates are chosen for the award, but this year there was only one clear recipient.

"Awarding Dr. Aki Hintsa was a very clear decision for the board. With the award, we wanted to pay respect to the long and precious work of Dr. Hintsa in both Finnish and international sports. Our appreciation towards his life work is extensive, and it is a great joy to see the work continue by Hintsa Performance", says Riia Martinoja, General Secretary of the Sports Gala.


Following in Dr Hintsa's footsteps

What started as an idea conceived in the mid-1990s in Ethiopia by Dr Aki Hintsa has now grown to a multinational company with offices in Helsinki, Geneva, London and Stockholm. Not only is Dr Hintsa’s work carried on by a wide network of experts, but also by his family members.

Aki’s oldest daughter, Annastiina Hintsa, has witnessed the growth of Hintsa Performance over the past decade. Annastiina currently works as the Head of Services at Hintsa Performance. She joined the company after several years working in top management consulting. Together with her sister Noora, Annastiina accepted the award at the Sports Gala on behalf of the entire Hintsa Performance.

”Throughout my life, I have got to witness first-hand the tremendous impact Aki’s message has on people. Aki wanted to be around, when we continue the mission of 'Better Life for everyone', but he was also clear that we may need to carry on the mission without him – if need be. I am proudly following in my father's footsteps and will ensure that his legacy lives on”, Annastiina stated.

Annastiina Hintsa and Noora Hintsa accepted the award (Urheilugaala: Pasi Salminen)

Annastiina Hintsa and Noora Hintsa accepted the award (Urheilugaala: Pasi Salminen)

The mission for a better life continues

Dr Hintsa will continue to be the inspiration and guiding light of Hintsa Performance going forward. Aki’s work will also carry on through Hintsa’s latest book ‘Exponential’, co-authored by Dr Aki Hintsa and James Hewitt, Head of Science and Innovation at Hintsa Performance. The book is launched at the World Economic Forum's 2017 Annual Meeting in Davos, where only last year Dr Hintsa hosted "one of the most hotly discussed events" of the entire week.

On behalf of all at Hintsa Performance, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Finnish Sports Gala for the award. As Aki used to say: "Better life belongs to everyone".

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Hintsa Performance Joins the World Economic Forum for the Second Time

Hintsa Performance Joins the World Economic Forum for the Second Time

For the second year running, Hintsa Performance has been invited to host two sessions at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The sessions will explore how today’s world of hyper-stimulus affects the attention and cognitive thinking of both Formula 1 drivers and global leaders and how they can best direct their time and energy towards what matter the most. Joining our sessions will be Formula 1 World Champions Nico Rosberg and Mika Häkkinen as well as three-time Le Mans winner Allan McNish.

Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

90% of the data in the world has been generated in the last 2 years. Every two years from now, the digital universe surrounding us will double in size. As we seek to navigate our way through these shifts, attention and energy can leave us feeling that we exist in a state of constant distraction and that our lives are increasingly fragmented.

In Davos, we will be sharing learnings on what kind of human characteristics and skills will differentiate the top-performers of the future and how to best prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We will also reveal the stories and science that have played a pivotal role in eleven Formula 1 world championships as well as our transformative work with executives in leading global companies.

Reaching peak performance – from Formula 1 to the world of business

“The world is changing in profound ways, increasing in complexity and presenting new challenges to human health and wellbeing. These changes are also creating new performance demands that athletes, business professional and entire economies need to prepare for.” says Dr. Luke Bennett, Hintsa’s Medical and Sports Performance Director and host of our two WEF sessions.

Joining him on stage will be current Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg, two-time champion Mika Häkkinen as well as three-time Le Mans winner and BBC’s F1 commentator Allan McNish and Hintsa’s Head of Science and Innovation James Hewitt. Both of our sessions will be facilitated by Harvard Business School Professor Linda A. Hill.

Rising to the top requires performing under intense personal pressure. The Formula 1 circuit is a great example of this. "The importance of managing my attention became very clear to me during the tough season last year. My mental approach was very important on the way to the World Championship title. I am very honoured to be invited by the Hintsa team to speak to the world leaders at Davos and look forward to sharing my learnings on reaching the peak.” notes driver Nico Rosberg.

The overarching theme of World Economic Forum this year is ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership’. “Being a responsive and responsible leader requires a commitment to improving your physical and mental well-being. This is at the core of leadership in any domain.” says Lee Howell World Economic Forum’s Head of Global Programming.

Learn more about Hintsa's latest book and follow us during the WEF Annual Meeting

This year’s WEF Annual Meeting also marks the launch of Hintsa’s latest book ‘Exponential – Better Life, Better Performance: From Formula 1 to Fortune 500’. Authored by James Hewitt and the late Dr. Aki Hintsa, Exponential provides a deep dive into the science of human high performance and offers insights into many of the themes we will explore during our two sessions this year. Exponential is available to purchase from Amazon. You can also download the free sample below.

Keep up to date with what’s happening at the WEF Annual Meeting by following us on social media: TwitterFacebook and Linkedin. During the week we will be using hashtags #WEF17 and #HintsaDavos.

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Owning your own time – is it realistic?

Owning your own time – is it realistic?

The holiday season was wonderful. My calendar did not beep for alerts. There was no email overflow. It felt like I owned my own time. Now I’m back at work and back to the old normal. 

People complain about being busy and having overlapping meetings. Emails are filling our idle time. And most of the time we feel we are not doing the right things.

No wonder. Our whole career we have been used to reacting to triggers. Being busy equals being important. If something is not urgent it’s not worth doing. If our calendars are not filled with back to back meetings, we think we are not doing enough.

Sound familiar? No reason to feel guilty. Old habits are hard to change.

I hate the typical internet lists like “5 tips to this or 6 tips to that”. And then I decided to write my own. I give you “the 5 tips for owning your own time”:

1. Plan time for surprises

Project management professionals know that if project resources are allocated 100% of the time, all the time, the project will be late with 100% certainty. We have no chance to react to unexpected situations. Therefore, the maximum resource allocation we should plan for any project is 80-85%.

The same should apply to our calendars. If the calendar is packed all the time we cannot react to surprises. We work later into the night and our to-do list grows. 

Your calendar needs to have 20% unallocated time. This equals to 2 hours every work day. Sound impossible?

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner tells that everyday he allocates 90–120 minutes of his time for people and thinking. And for the unexpected things. If Jeff can, could you?

2. Learn from Eisenhower

Our calendars are easily filled with less important meetings. Often in the meetings we wonder why we are even there. 

General Eisenhower is told to have classified his meetings between their importance and urgency.

Important & urgent – on the top of the priority list and needs to be handled. However, if every meeting in your calendar is important & urgent, there is room for improvement in your prioritisation.

Not urgent nor important – just delete it. Be as ruthless as a black belt Kon-Mari master. You just simply don’t have time for these.

Urgent but not important – danger! Often we think that a topic is important when someone says it is urgent. “Would you do this ASAP?” These meetings are eating your precious time. Be careful!

Important but not urgent – quality time. Topics you don’t necessarily have time to do but they would bring so much quality to your work and life. Discussions over strategy. Reading a book. Listening to customers.

Try classifying in practise. Print out a 3-week period of your calendar. Pick four different colour highlighter pens. Highlight the appointments in your calendar according to the classification explained above. Which class has taken too much space? Which too little?

Remember to include time for yourself. Have you prioritised that high enough?

3. Emails are work

Emails tend to sneak into all the empty slots during our days. We read mails between our meetings, in the train, in the evening at home.

However, reading emails is not something extra to fill in the evenings and empty slots. It is actual work. If we don’t see it as work, our inbox will grow and the pile of messages takes control. We don’t focus and an important topic may slip our attention.

Zappo’s legendary founder Tony Hsieh found his way. Hsieh books mornings to read yesterday’s emails. He works with them as long as it takes. In the afternoons he does not read emails at all but reserves the time for other work. Everyone knows his way and there are no issues. If an issue is important people use other means of communication.

A quick method for emails:

  1. Read emails only 2–3 times a day, during a slot allocated specifically for this purpose. Keep the email closed for the rest of the day.
  2. When you receive email, see if you can handle it in 2 minutes. If you can, do it immediately.
  3. If not, either:
    a.    Schedule it (Now you should have time in your calendar!)
    b.    Delegate if the issue is not your responsibility
    c.    Archive it if you need to keep the information
    d.    Ruthlessly delete it if is unnecessary

This way your inbox will not become the retirement home for a huge number of messages.

4. Guard your sleep

A good sleep is the key to productivity. Unfortunately, we often unintentionally ruin it.

Many of us have a habit of checking our tablet or phone late at night. What happens?

We read the messages, or at least their headlines. Our mind receives more tasks to do. However, we can only start doing them the morning. Nothing has really changed for the better.

Instead, our sleep quality is worse. Our mind is working with the unfinished tasks and we don’t sleep as well as we could.

Read a book in the evening. Take a bath. Take it easy. Leave your phone and tablet be!

5. Idle time is good time

With a schedule too busy, our brain switches into a survival mode which in turn limits our creativity.

According to Tim Kreider, idle time is as important to our brain as vitamin D is for our body. During idle time, our thinking is renewed and our mind is energized.

An idle moment is actually good work, as our productivity increases. So, book slots for idle time in your calendar. Take a walk. Take a nap. Exercise.

Do any of these tips sound feasible to you? Try! One of them could take you a step closer to owning your own time.

Pekka Pohjakallio, Business Development Director
Pekka is in charge of Hintsa’s key accounts and business development in the Nordics. In addition, he is experienced in helping people tune their working habits, so that they get more done and still maintain high levels of energy.