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1 Quote Worth Pondering
“Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned.”
Ed Mylett
2 Video & Book Recommendations
+ What do Lucky People do Differently?
Some people seem born lucky. Everything they touch turns to gold. Others are dogged by misfortune. It’s not just people who might be lucky or unlucky – it can be single acts. This short video by the BBC tries to answer the question – What do lucky people do differently? 5-minute watch here
+ Deep Work By Cal Newport  


One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you’ll achieve extraordinary results. Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

Buy book  here     Author’s site here


3 Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading

New Neuroscience Reveals 5 Secrets That Will Make You Emotionally Intelligent


Feelings (even negative ones) direct our attention and focus our thinking, often in helpful ways, and can have enormous impact on our decision-making.  This is a well-researched article highlighting five rules that will move us towards greater emotional intelligence.         8 minute read here

Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked: Here’s How to Stay Sharp

Losing focus is easy, really easy, it’s getting it back that’s the hard part. Yet despite knowing the dangers of distraction, we do very few things to protect ourselves from it. This is a well laid out article on attention, how it operates and how we can maintain it better. 6 minutes read here 

+ The Road to Self-Renewal  

This isn’t a recent article but I only came across it recently.  
This is a speech by John Gardner delivered in 1990 to McKinsey & Co. and it is packed with wisdom and is still as relevant and vibrant today as it was then.  Must-read if you haven’t seen it before. 10 minute read here


Takeaways – The 1% Podcast 
Episode 14 

Paul Flynn – The tactics, routines and influences of a GAA great.  


With six All-Irelands, 10 Leinster titles, five National Leagues, Paul Flynn will be remembered as one of Dublin’s all-time greats. As well as earning four consecutive All-Stars, Paul was a central influence in the Dublin team from his debut in 2008 to his retirement in 2018. In this period, he epitomised the resurgence of Dublin GAA and re-defined the role of wing forward in a period where elite GAA players brought the game to a new level.


+ Influences and mentors

Right from the beginning, Paul’s parents were his earliest influence ensuring that he had the right mindset around the commitment to training and games. He talks about how throughout his life he has made sure that he always surrounded himself with mentors and now makes the effort with the more junior players to mentor them if they need advice.

+ Graft, practice and coaching

Paul remembers when he first became a County player and his kicking needed some work. He credits a combination of back-to-basics training with Pat Gilroy and Bernard Brogan, putting in the graft himself by consistently practicing his kick and the benefits of feedback, structure, and guidance from coaches for his improvement which eventually led him to All-Star status.

+ “It’s his calmness that transcends the team”

Paul discusses playing under the leadership of Jim Gavin and what made Gavin such a great Manager. He credits Gavin’s calmness and composure with having a big influence on the composure of the team when playing, and equally when at training or in the dressing room. He talks about how whilst Gavin’s management style evolved over the years, he never changed these core principles.

+ Sport skills that transition to business

There are many traits that you can learn in sport and apply in business: purpose, commitment, dedication, goals. Paul discusses how in his current leadership role as CEO of the Gaelic Players Association he has paid attention to things like feedback, recognition, instruction, clarity, and purpose so that people he leads know how to progress, have clear instruction but are also given autonomy.


The most recent three editions of the podcast:
29 Thought leader Ade McCormack on boosting personal and organisational                         performance in the digital age  


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                                              



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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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