FQ: The Fitness Quotient

The Red Queen effect from Alice in Wonderland states that “it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place”. Ergo, if we want to get ahead of “the pack”, we need to be fitter than the rest.


I’ve previously written about IQ, EQ and SQ and how they inter-relate.

Now there is FQ – the fitness quotient.

It is common fact that managers and MBA students under pressure to perform confuse their life-balance in favor of work or studying – especially in times of pressure. But it seems like the times of pressure seem to be more and more the norm. We have to run faster and faster just to stay in place, much less evolve, or develop or advance forward. Uff…

So, we work too hard. Neglect our family, friends, hobbies – and, well, ourselves. We take up bad eating habits, sleep too little and reduce the much needed physical exercise. Until one day we look down and observe our chest down around our waist like a life-preserver.

Get ready. In St. Gallen, we are about to change these nasty little patterns and habits. We are going to start exercising, running, spinning, doing arobics TOGETHER as a team several times a week. And you will see that you will get your strength back, sleep better and eat better as a consequence.Β The adrenaline and endomorphins which will be released will make you happy and energize you. You’ll see.

In order to “master tomorrow’s challenges” as the MBA mission states, we are going to help you get in shape. Stay tuned: it all starts in November!


11 thoughts on “FQ: The Fitness Quotient

  1. Yep, agree! Beginning from November we will rent a basketball court and play on Wednesday evenings! (Phil organized this!) Would you like to join??
    Cheers, Sven!

  2. Could I suggest that we consider some competitive sports (e.g. volleyball, football, tennis) as well? Usually that makes things more interesting and motivates people even more. In any case, I’m looking forward to it!

  3. Exercise together for our MBA class??? I can’t wait!!! I start to get my training going last week so bring it on! πŸ˜‰

  4. This is great news! What I remember the most outside of classroom activity was spending time on the soccer (football) field or playing basketball or volleyball. It was definitely the best way to relieve stress healthfully and created moments that will be forever engraved in my memory.

  5. We call it a life-saver only in summer. In winter it’s the hibernation package. You’re one season off πŸ˜‰

    Hmmm…. but you have a good point there. Maybe nutrition should start being a mandatory subject for those of us who discovered the connection swiss chocolate = endorphins…

    • l love the swiss chocolate – endomorphines connection.. just wait ’til we get your adrenaline going at the same time. you’ll be freaky smiley πŸ™‚

  6. I suppose the key thing is to make exercise a habit so one would continue to do so even when you are back to working life!

    I used to do regular jogging up the hill behind HSG campus … the fresh air and greenery made the jogging route one of the best I have seen.

    Enjoy getting fit! πŸ™‚


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