How do Sherpas achieve peak performance? Plus sleep tips, better decision making, and new technology to help those with sleep apnea.


Tuesday, June 6

Be more awake by day, sleep better at night


Wednesday, June 7

Stop Sleeping On It, And Don’t Go With Your Gut: Advice from Leaders

Common Advice #1: Sleep on it

Common Advice #2: Go with your gut

For those interested, here is the checklist the author recommends:

  1. Write down five pre-existing company goals or priorities that will be impacted by the decision. Focusing on what is important will help you avoid the rationalization trap of making up reasons for your choices after the fact.
  2. Write down at least three, but ideally four or more, realistic alternatives. It might take a little effort and creativity, but no other practice improves decisions more than expanding your choices.
  3. Write down the most important information you are missing. We risk ignoring what we don’t know because we are distracted by what we do know, especially in today’s information-rich businesses.
  4. Write down the impact your decision will have one year in the future. Telling a brief story of the expected outcome of the decision will help you identify similar scenarios that can provide useful perspective.
  5. Involve a team of at least two but no more than six stakeholders. Getting more perspectives reduces your bias and increases buy-in — but bigger groups have diminishing returns.
  6. Write down what was decided, as well as why and how much the team supports the decision. Writing these things down increases commitment and establishes a basis to measure the results of the decision.
  7. Schedule a decision follow-up in one to two months. We often forget to check in when decisions are going poorly, missing the opportunity to make corrections and learn from what’s happened.


Thursday, June 8

Technological Advances Offer Relief to the Rising Number of Patients with Sleep Apnea


Friday, June 9

Lean-burn physiology gives Sherpas peak-performance

The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.