fitness gym at Hillenbrand Industries is a big hit. Biofeedback and
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There is as Peak Performance Center
at Hillenbrand Industries located in Batesville, Indiana, between
Cincinnati and Indianapolis.
This Fortune 1000 healthcare company has created a Peak Performance
Center as part of their leadership development program. It was
patterned after the program at the Center for Enhanced Performance at
the United States Military Academy at West Point, the nation's largest
performance enhancement center, which was started in 1989 by the
Director of the Hillenbrand PPC, retired Colonel Louis Csoka, Ph.D.
The top 22 executives at Hillenbrand Industries have all completed a
20 session program, on hour long session per week, which included
training on the Freeze Framer (heart rate variability); respiration, EMG
(muscle relaxation), and skin conductance biofeedback (GSR), followed
by EEG (electroencephalagraph) training to enhance concentration.
The executives participated in five one-hour sessions of EEG Training,
consisting of individual coaching including a wideband suppression
protocol (a lack of wasteful bursts at all frequencies).
In the first and the last session, they were tested by measuring how
long they could concentrate and hold all EEG levels below 30
microvolts. During the pre-test, the first trial averaged 19
seconds, ranging from 10 to 40. The first trial in the post test
was more than twice as long, 44 seconds, with the range running from 25
to 65 seconds. The average duration of the best trial per session
almost doubled from 65 seconds at the pre-test to 128 seconds at post
test. The ranges were 18 to 180 and 48 to 220, respectively.
This is clear evidence of very rapid learning. Response to the
program was overwhelmingly positive. It produced notable
improvements in their ability to attend in crucial meetings, engage in
critical performance appraisals with employees, and deliver exceptional
presentations. These executives, particularly the CEO, have
returned voluntarily for many additional sessions and the program is
being expanded to 39 more executives. Hillenbrand has purchased Freeze
Framers and Peak Achievement Trainers for their top executives.
Their CEO and Dr. Csoka are writing an article for Harvard Business
Review. The Peak Performance Center is expanding and looking for
Neurofeedback for peak performance is approaching a critical mass.