Ep 96. Shaun Francis: Eat, Move, Think
“You cannot be an effective employee or executive if you are failing in your personal life and don’t have your health and stamina.”
Shaun Francis is Chair and CEO of Medcan and he’s author of a recently released book entitled Eat, Move, Think: The Path to a Healthier, Stronger, Happier You. He was a student in Stew’s very first Total Leadership class for Executive MBAs at Wharton. Medcan is a global leader in assessing their clients’ overall well-being and inspiring them to live well for life. It’s routinely recognized for as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Shaun graduated from the United States Naval Academy after he was nominated by President Reagan to attend as a Canadian. He received the military’s highest recognition for a civilian, The Canadian Forces medallion for Distinguished Service, for his work on behalf of veterans. He’s received an honorary doctorate and countless other awards. Shaun co-led an expedition to the summit of Island Peak, adjacent to Mount Everest, with 12 injured Canadian, soldiers raising funds the True Patriot Love Foundation, which Shaun chairs.
Stew and Shaun talk about the importance of our physical health for longevity, quality of life, and work performance. They drill down on the best diet (the Mediterranean ) and how it’s a sustainable one, not a fad. They talk about cardio as a way to prolong life and muscle strengthening as a way to improve the quality of one’s life over time. They discuss how the mind, and the way we exercise our choices, is central to prolonged health. They delve into the pernicious impact of the stigma of mental health care. Shaun uses the example of wounded warriors, the most fit among us, succumbing to mental health problems as an illustration how we are all of vulnerable to mental strain. They also talk about the importance of being role models for our children.