Employee Engagement – The Ultimate Tool for an IT Professional and the Leader

By Tony Olejnicki | Creator of HiACHIEVR Program

“Success as an IT professional and the leader is ultimately determined by one thing: how your performance is viewed and measured by your stakeholders.” says Marc J Schiller. “For today’s IT leader, nothing is more important than establishing a deeply engaged and influential relationship with your stakeholders.”

In a decade from mid 1990’s much of the investment in IT made by corporations was simply not productive. Diana Farrell, director of the McKinsey Global Institute says: "There was a lot of "me-too" investment in IT across a lot of sectors since 1995. Companies saw that their rivals had something new, and so they made these very large investments without recognizing that even within a sector, different competitive strategies mean your productivity could be driven by different things. But making IT investments in areas, that aren't driving the bulk of your potential productivity gains, is wasted investment."

From historical perspective there is a valuable lesson to learn from an article ‘IT Productivity: Measuring the Immeasurable’ published in 2007.

A decade later IT leaders are constantly being told they must “become more strategic”, often, this advice is given without much elaboration. It’s given as if “becoming more strategic” was a simple thing to do. And this guidance is given as if the benefits were so obvious.

In his article, Surprising Insights About Strategic IT Leadership, Marc Schiller explores what is all means and he offers 3 fundamental insights.

  1. IT Strategy Is Not About the Tech. It’s About the People.
  2. Your Stakeholders Are Not the Problem (Yet).
  3. Developing a Strategic Voice Remains the Biggest Challenge for Most IT Leaders.

So why are IT leaders struggling to develop and deliver this strategic voice? There seems to be something missing to connect the dots.

Companies spent decades helping IT leaders construct visions and strategies that energize their people, and get them a seat at the table.
Successful companies understand that digital transformation is one key in productivity improvement. Many companies forget or pay lip service only to the second and more important key - a meaningful Employee Engagement.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training is the creator of HiACHIEVR, an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve productivity and life quality by lowering physiological age, improving cognition and optimizing personal health.

Transition to office mobility offered by the HiACHIEVR Program is a systematic, sustainable and cost-affective approach to doubling the productivity with a high success rate.

TAKE ACTION! and Contact us for a free consultation about the personalized transition with HiACHIEVR Program to high productivity workplace.

How the Body Awareness Enhances Creativity and Productivity

By TONY OLEJNICKI inspired by Dr. Michael Anderson

I was inspired by Dr. Anderson research documented in his book After Phrenology: Neural Reuse and the Interactive Brain and his explanation of modern understanding of how the brain works. I connected that immediately with work of Dr. Marc Hamilton on the office mobility awareness a basis of the HiACHIEVR Program. It was a Eureka moment for me when I fully understood how both concepts can revolutionize the Quality Lifestyle for most of the people.

Michael Anderson is a modern day Leonardo Da Vinci with a diverse background with no dogmatic views on what is suppose to be true. He started as a pre-med undergraduate at Norte Dame followed by a Ph.D. in philosophy and postdoc in computer science specialized in Artificial Intelligence.

The research by Dr. Anderson measured, quantified and applied new angle on how the brain works. He discovered that our minds are connected to the physical world by interacting, touching and manipulating things rather than storing things in ‘memory’ and recalling computer-like on demand. We are all familiar with a fallacy that we are using only 10% of our brain and this is why we have geniuses, who can use 100%. Nature is very efficient with resources so why should be so wasteful with the brain? And of course, it is not.

At first approximation, we know that the brain is a collection of very specialized organs dedicated to some very particular kind of processing or kind of perceptual mode such as vision, touch, language etc. The neurons connect and form partnerships, which can get stronger or fade. This is called neuroplasticity.
This was a foundation for a next step called neural reuse which explained how these specialized areas collaborate.

Dr. Anderson has connected these two stories in 15 years of research and discovered that these two mechanisms interact, collaborate and form sophisticated organizations which lead to the complex brain functionality.

Parts of the brain involved in things like motor control or basic perception are also important to the higher order of thinking like language and mathematics. It is well documented that the task of naming tools activates places involved in motor manipulation.

People with vision when reading Braille while blindfolded use vision parts of the brain but if reading with eyes open uses a different part of the brain.

The brain has some storage capacity and stores mental representations, affordances, for future manipulations. If we look at a doorknob we instantly associate it with a rotation. In mathematics, we solve algebraic equations based on patterns and precedents.

The chess player resolves his moves based on few successful patterns he remembers and associates them with the current pattern. He doesn’t need to remember a large number of patterns just a few making sense. The computer, on the other hand, relies on millions stored patterns and matches them a current pattern.
The language and mathematics are a collection of affordance manipulation tools. The language is super powerful as it allows us to manipulate each other affordances, which is going to change their behavior, including their verbal behavior. So our language development is deeply rooted in our social interactions.
Living in a frugal nature we face ‘USE IT OR LOOSE IT’ paradigm every day. This is why sitting in a chair for 8-10 hour per day leads to sedentary conditions and intellectual deterioration.

1 hour of vigorous exercise per day by no means compensates for 8-10 hours sitting. It slows deterioration process to some extent but it is too hard for most of the people and therefore not sustainable.
The HiACHIEVR Program design based on office mobility awareness studies and validated by neural research is a sustainable way to prevent sedentary conditions and improve mental cognition, creativity, and productivity.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, writer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.

 CONTACT Tony Olejnicki by Email 

Contact IMA for a free consultation about the personalized transition HiACIEVR Program to mobility in your workplace.

Is the Brain Rejuvenation Possible

by TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the HiACHIEVR Program |

Despite sounding like an advertisement from a magic lotion blurb or Ginko Biloba pills label, it is a true scientific fact. In order to rejuvenate brain cells, one requires stem cells and environment to activate them to growth.

The research at the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine demonstrated brain tissue rejuvenation based on a revolutionary treatment of veterans with traumatic brain injuries. Following that, the treatment was extended to many non-combat patients. The revolutionary aspect of these medical studies, with the results supported by MRI brain scans of patients undergoing HBOT treatment, are astonishing brain rejuvenation and improved cognition. Refreshing fact is that there is no need to purchase any drugs.

For last 5 years, I have observed similar effect with my clients participating in our high altitude adventures, including myself. I have reported my observations in some of my articles but I was unable to link it to controlled research until I studied papers by Dr. Shai Efrati.

My original explanation stemmed from high altitude exercise physiology. I linked it to an increased production of red blood cells to deliver sufficient amount of oxygen at the high altitude. The observable effect of improved cognition and energy lasts a couple of months after returning from high altitude but the studies indicate even more long-term benefits.

So how and why does that work? The brain forms 2% of our body mass but uses 20% of oxygen and 25% of body glucose, a huge demand on other systems and organs competing for energy resources.

In 90’s scientists participated in BIOSPHERE2 experiment noticed by coincident that caloric restriction diet leads to organ regeneration. Another words hunger causes the body to use protein as a fuel and at the same time, it stimulates a to stem cell regeneration when a supporting environment becomes available.

Similarly reducing oxygen concentration stimulates stem cell production in the brain and brain cell rejuvenation, angiogenesis.

The HiACHIEVR Program protocols, based on my personal experience in high altitude training and the latest neurological research, leads not only to physical improvement in metabolism but also improves the cognition.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, adventurer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.

Send feedback or questions directly to the author tony@8mtb.com

Why is Everyone So Fat, Broke and Busy

by TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the HiACHIEVR Program |

This is the best steel I have ever done. It comes from the title of the book by Jeff Gains .
He asks these 3 questions about Americans and finds out that at least 65% of Americans are obese or overweight, 65% are in a bad financial situation and 60% by their own standards are busier than they ought to be.

So what is the reality in Australia?

In 2014-15, 63.4% of adults were overweight or obese. 2 million of Australians in 2016-17 are experiencing financial stress. 42% of Australians acknowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but more than half (56%) are missing out on their morning meal at least once a week because they are too busy to have the breakfast.

The issue here is not about calling people fat in bullying mindset but to address the issue in a practical way to help suffering population to recover and develop sustainable living practices. It is a serious mind crisis created by the negative side of total commercialization of humanity. We all know that but the crisis has not risen sufficiently for people to take action. So what would it take to get to the tipping point for the population to take action?

It is all about psychology and perceived value and commercial mind may help us. It is all about choices. Why do we make wrong choices so often? And, how to change that?
Behavior produces results, so to change results one must change the behavior. It is as simple as that.
The behavior is driven by your brain: primal brain, the emotional brain, and deeply thinking brain. Jeff Gains calls them the Robot, the Emotor, and the Thinker.

The Robot, the unconscious part of brain drives your survival mode and is the happiest in a comfort zone of an experienced safety. The Robot receives the feedback signals from the body sensors. It translates them into thinking emotional parts of the brain. The Robot drives muscles to act in self-preservation to experience gratification and avoid pain.

The Emotor springs to action, when you are driven by emotions (urges, desires, fears). It is concerned with the present and requires a gratification without much delay.

The Thinker, reasoning and thinking part of the brain can see the past, present, and future.

The Emotor makes us see and act through emotions. We ignore contradictory evidence and fabricate supporting evidence. The Thinker can manage the Emoter. Hence most people try to fight or control their emotions, feelings, and fears. This is why they are unsuccessful because willpower doesn’t last.
How to control emotions? Simply put yourself in other's shoes. You will see reality in different ways and instead of going against your emotions you will follow your emotions and develop new behavior which in time will develop new habits. The jerk who cut you off is probably a jerk but it may be a person in distress taking his dying child to the hospital to save the child’s life.

If you felt better about the exercise you would enjoy doing exercise.
If you felt different about the food you would eat different food.

If you need to change behavior there is plenty of advice. Most of the advice is about the type of behavior and not how to change it. This is one most important reason why it is so difficult to change the behavior.

The HiACHIEVR Program is a 12 weeks practical course of changing and developing behavior for a sustainable and productive personal and professional life.

It is based on the most important principle to successful transformation synchronizing the Robot and the Emoter.

Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, adventurer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.
Send feedback or questions directly to the author tony@8mtb.com