We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexander Chriest and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alexander, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is a phrase that is often thrown out by our corporate partners. I believe that the phrase sets unrealistic expectations; it leads to the thought that there can be this perfect balance between work and life. Unfortunately, work and life are very integrated. Earlier in my career, I focused a lot on hours worked rather than quality of work. This led to me staying in the office much later than I needed to. As I have moved along in my career, I have strived to live into my passions and what is most important to me.

When people ask me “What do you do?” I no longer answer with a job title; instead I tell them “I simplify complex ideas to share with others to help them achieve growth”. This is something that I do at work and at home. I have stopped identifying myself by a job title.

At this point in my career, I constantly ask myself “Who and/or what is most important in my life?” and I strategically invest my energy in those people and things. This allows me to take control of where I am investing my energy. I often work with individuals who state the family is most important, yet work is getting their best energy. It is not always easy to achieve, but start by asking yourself, “How can I show up as my best self for the people and things that matter most in my life?”.

What should our readers know about your business?
My partners and I officially launched IMPACT Human Performance in February 2021. We all met while working at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute (JJHPI), all having a passion of helping people perform at their best, more often. In early 2020, it was decided that JJHPI would shift its focus to serve Johnson & Johnson employees and the commercial business would be shut down. This lead to the four of us beginning the conversation of our next steps. We felt that the closure of the commercial business would leave a void for many of the external companies that we partnered with. It was in that moment that we decided that we would take the leap and start our own company.

This was no small undertaking. My primary role in the early stages (pre-launch) was developing our core content, which includes programs on resilience and human energy. This was a monumental task, Many of the challenges that we faced were overcome by living into our underlying principle of recovery. We did not want to risk burning ourselves out, so it was important to hold each other accountable to take the necessary recovery throughout the first push.

This biggest lesson that I have learned is that work does not have to be a grind. There are so many stories that we are told from a young age that lead us to thinking that work has to be that way. It is not about working harder, it is about working smarter. Recovery is not a weakness. “It is not about doing less, it is about doing it right so you can do more.” -Dr Kelly Starrett

I would love the world to know that you are not along in the challenges you face. Our experiences give individuals the opportunity to connect with others and learn from their experiences. It is about getting off your island and connecting with other human beings. I believe that 2020 challenged many of us in that area. We were removed from our groups and forced to face many of our challenges alone.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a great question; being relatively new to Denver, I have had a lot of friends visiting. My first stop is always Briar Common Brewery, it is a short walk from my house and I love their food and beer. I always love showing off many of the big open spaces that Denver has to offer such as Improper City or Avanti. Then I always take them to a Rockies’ game; that backdrop at Coors Field is amazing! I love being outside, so really any place that has a patio is good on my list. I can’t forget about the city parks!

Then I like to go to the mountains. Depending on the guest, there are a number of hikes that I will take them on. I always like to stop at Red Rocks and Idaho Springs along the way. Chicago Lakes hike is one that I will take my more acclimated guests!

I have been here for less than a year, so I have a lot to learn!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It is difficult to narrow down the people who have helped me get to this point in my life. I have to start with my family; my mom, dad, brother (Gregg) and sister (Heidi) have supported me along my sometimes chaotic journey. My co-founders Bill, Kevin, and Nick are the foundation of IMPACT Human Performance. I was once told, “if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go with friends.”. That is what we have done at IMPACT Human Performance.

Dr. Jim Loehr has been a mentor for me over the last nine years. He is a pioneer in the field of energy management, resilience, and human performance. I remember sitting in his office in 2012 having a discussion about where I wanted to go in my career. It was that conversation that led me to pursuing doctorate. He has helped me in more ways than he will every know.

Website: https://www.impacthumanperformance.com/

Instagram: @alexander.chriest

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/dr-alexander-chriest-aa0941155

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