Welcome to this week’s edition of The 1% Extra Newsletter. The 1% Extra brings you the best takeaways from performance experts on The 1% Podcastas well as some of the best performance and well-being articles, blogs, books, videos, and other resources we have come across this week.
 
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Shay
1 Quote Worth Pondering
 
“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”
Maya Angelou
2 Video & Book Recommendations
+ How the Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio
With so much economic analysis at the moment, Ray Dalio’s (relatively) short video is an expert’s view of how the economy works. Well worth the time for anyone who wants to take an informed and engaging tour of all the salient points of how the economy works. The quality of the animation is amazing too. 30-minute watch HERE  

 

Thinking Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman

You will change the way you think after reading Kahneman’s book. It’s a summary of his most important findings ever since he started as a cognitive psychologist in 1961. It is regarded as one of the most important books that have published in recent years
 
Buy book  HERE   
Author’s site HERE    
A good review of the book HERE
3 Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
Don’t Change The Tools – Change Your Purpose 

 Too often, we try to change ourselves so we can do something we “want” to do. And where do our wants come from? Not from within us. It comes from looking at others. An interesting article pointing the way to identifying and playing to our strengths.  5 minute read HERE

A Better Way To Lead In A Downturn   

Unlike with crises past, businesses must respond to the current situation with both an understanding of business reality and of human nature. A thoughtful and practical article highlighting that the decisions that leaders make in adapting to the current environment will have a tremendous impact on businesses, people employed, and society at large. 7 minute read HERE

Making Friends with Difficult Emotions
When we find ourselves in the grip of powerful emotions, what’s often needed is to open up the inner space where we can simply notice what’s going on with ourselves. Good article with clear steps to deal with difficult emotions.
5 minute read HERE
 4 Takeaways – The 1% Podcast   
Episode 29– Ade McCormack on Boosting personal and organisational performance in the digital age

 

On this weeks 1% Performance Podcast Ade McCormack had some fascinating perspectives on the optimisation of organisational performance in the new digital ageWith all of the digital distractions around us today, whilst so many are juggling work and family at home and operating completely digitally, we particularly explored the issue of attention and its impact within the performance setting, both personal and professional.  
 
An expert and thought leader in the future of work, Ade has lectured at MIT, had columns in the Financial Times, and CIO Magazine, and has worked with some of the world’s most recognisable brands around performance and attention.

 

+  The emotion architecture of digital technology

Current digital technology is being built with casino-like emotion architecture to stimulate our brains to release dopamine to give you a hit of satisfaction. Ade talks about how this happens when you open an email to find out what’s inside or click the order button on Amazon and how customer loyalty is being replaced by customer addiction.

The essence of great design is simplicity

 

Ade talks about how, quite often, to appease our ego, we surround ourselves with possessions, however, the fact of owning those things can burn our cognitive capacity in the background. He recommends thinking about our possessions and why we own them and how if we dissolve our ego and explore a more simplistic approach to life we can free ourselves up from cognitive distraction.

 
“The whole university system in my view is broken”

 

In a discussion of the future with artificial intelligence replacing more and more of our manual tasks, Ade talks about how the industrial revolution created the notion of a career, frontloaded with education. In this AI future, with progress happening at such a rate that many careers will disappear and new ones will come along, the universities need to move away from the front-loading approach and move more towards lifelong learning. 
 
The cognitive athlete in the workplace

 

In a changing world, the employer/employee relationship will need to adapt and evolve. Ade talks about the worker as becoming this life-long learning Cognitive Athlete and the employer taking on the role of coach, both working together in a relationship of trust towards a shared vision that benefits the business as well. 
The most recent three editions of the podcast:
28   Kingsley Aikins speaks engagingly about networking philanthropy, diaspora, and            Ireland’s place in the World.   
 
27   Bryan Burnstein talks about performance, team building and entertainment for                Cirque du Soleil                                              
26 Suzanne Dempsey discusses leading from the frontline of Ireland’s Health Service 
And, as always, please give me feedback on Twitter. Which of the above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Let me know! Just send a tweet to @sdalton10
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About the Author

Shay Dalton

Shay Dalton

Managing Director

sdalton@lincoln.ie+353 16498583

Shay Dalton is the Managing Director of Lincoln Recruitment Group. Shay is a qualified ACCA Accountant with over 20 years’ experience specialising in the placement of senior positions across a broad spectrum of Accountancy and Finance positions within the industrial and financial services sectors. Having been involved in the establishment of some of the most respected financial recruitment brands in the Irish market, Shay subsequently set up Lincoln Recruitment Specialists in 2008. He also hold’s an MSc in Organisational Management and is a member of BPS, qualified to conduct and interpret psychometric testing as well an EQi testing.

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