The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance

Welcome to this week’s The 1% Extra Newsletter. This week I included some clips from our new season of The 1% Podcast with Padraic Moyles, who talks about instilling passion through fun, overcoming anxiety and the role energy plays in learning, hiring, team building and performing.
We also have a selection of our favourite writing related to performance and development that we are reading as well as a video about how we can use our brains more efficiently. Our book of the week is How to Change by behavioural scientist Katy Milkman which focusses on reaching one’s goals.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
“Work and you’ll get what you need; work harder and you’ll get what you want.”
Prabakaran Thirumalai
Book & Video Recommendations

I’ve always been a fan of Katy’s work around choice and transformation. Katy is an award-winning behavioural scientist and a professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Bringing her insights from behaviour transformation Katy outlines in a practice, fact-based manner, how to reach your stretch personal and professional goals.

There are several nuggets in the book and some of my favourites are:
– What it means to align one’s actions with goals and dreams
– Why change is difficult and how to overcome this
– How a fresh start can be a setback to some
– Self-acceptance

Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
The fact that there isn’t much of a difference between someone who feels time pressured (8.6 hours) and those who feel they have a good work/life balance (7.6 hours) shows that companies may not have to do much to boost employee happiness. Interesting, short post that is well researched and has great insights.
3 minute read
We are so embedded in the traditional interview that we rarely lift our head to see how it can be improved or if it’s giving us the correct outcomes.  So this was an interesting article that highlighted Elon Musk’s favourite question and why it is effective.  Great advice about getting past waffle in an interview and zoning in on the right information.
3 minute read
Video Worth Watching
“We now realise that daydreaming can break you or make you” Tony Buzan
In this video Tony Buzan, English author and educational consultant identifies 4 ways in which we can use our brain more efficiently:
1) Realise the power of your brain
2) Make your brain your hobby
3) Use your left and right brain
4) Daydream4 minute watch
Padraic Moyles emigrated from Dublin to New York when he was nine years old. Padraic has danced in Riverdance thousands of times to millions of people at the biggest venues throughout the world over the last 15 years. He became Dance Captain, Principal Dancer and was also nominated for an Ovation Award for his leading role in the show.
Padraic is also a performance consultant working with McNulty Performance over the last ten years providing top class performance workshops and talks to corporate audiences.
Padraic’s mindset, energy, enthusiasm and leadership is world class.
This podcast includes the following extracts:
1: How parents can instil passion and support performance in their children:
Padraic recalls how fun was central to instilling a passion for dance in him and talks openly about his own experience as a parent of two children.
2: Dealing with stage fright:
Overcoming anxiety before shows was a big part of Padraic’s journey to success.
3: Being energised by the audience:
Padraic describes the magical effect of what happens to performers when the audience respond positively.
To read a detailed summary of the discussion or to listen to the full episode and subscribe to The 1% Podcast click here.

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