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27 April 2021 Multimedia

Re-Thinking Performance Culture in Asset Management

  1. Ben Lucas

When Ben Lucas, UK Head of Wealth & Asset Management Consulting at KPMG, wrote that his biggest non-negotiable is daily exercise, the post went viral. He explains why his message resonated with so many people and why exercise, sleep, and time away from a desk are not in conflict with performance culture, as some think, but are what performance is all about.

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Episode Transcript (PDF)

Topics discussed:
2:25 Intro 
3:12 Ben’s exercise LinkedIn post
6:28 What prompted Ben to write the post
9:58 New habits that Ben has formed
13:50 Exercise is a non-negotiable
17:16 Exercise at home during a pandemic 
20:36 Performance culture vs. exercising 
23:22 The importance of sleep
25:09 Survey takeaways from 50 leaders of wealth and asset management firms
29:17 We need to find better language 
31:00 “The COVID muscle memory”
32:40 Ben’s advice to others on building trust
34:45 Wrap-up questions

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