His bio states that he has run 38,000 miles in pursuit of good health. At age 76 he still exercises regularly and if you've seen him in person you can't help noticing that he has a physique that could make guys 20 years younger envious. It's obvious that during the 39 years since Dr. Kenneth Cooper introduced aerobics to the world he has followed his own advice with remarkable success.
Dr. Cooper states that regardless of what your driver's license tells you, your real physical age is determined by five factors. The first three relate to your physical fitness and are:
As I looked at these monitors of physical health I realized they are telling indicators of an organization's age/health as well. Companies with a high capacity to endure, the strength to respond rather than react to change, and the flexibility to adapt to the unexpected generally display a level of overall agility and responsiveness that other more sedentary firms can't demonstrate. These companies are healthier and the have a longevity that was glaringly absent during the dot com craze a few years ago.
People develop endurance, strength, and flexibility by engaging in a systematic process of regular exercise. Companies with a high degree of vitality generally have a systematic method for solving problems, making decisions, and anticipating and planning for future challenges. Healthy companies demonstrate robust critical thinking abilities, deliberately developed over time.
Corporate health is no more an accident than physical health. When problem solving is not a process it is usually a problem. When problem solving becomes a process, it becomes much less of a problem.