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Welcome to this week’s edition of The 1% Extra Newsletter. The 1% Extra brings you the best takeaways from performance experts onThe 1% Podcast, as 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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Quote Worth Reflecting On
“I frequently worry that being productive is the surest way to lull ourselves into a trance of passivity and busyness the greatest distraction from living, as we coast through our lives day after day, showing up for our obligations but being absent from our selves, mistaking the doing for the being.”
Maria Popova
Book & Video Recommendations
The 10 Rules for Talking: An Expert’s Guide to Mastering Difficult Conversations|
Tim Harkness
I interviewed Tim Harkness this week for the new series of the podcast which is out next Wednesday. Tim is Head of Sports Science and Psychology at Chelsea Football Club. As part of the research, I read Tim’s recent book on Communication and I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy. Its packed with great advice from someone who has communicated and coached in high performance cultures across the Globe. The book, in my opinion, is about so much more than communication and conversations. It addresses some of the essential themes around personal interaction, how we think, how we express ourselves and create meaning from these interactions. It’s really about how we live our lives and how we can live them better by improving our communication. Its laid out in 10 rules and covers a huge amount of ground and not always the obvious areas you would think of, which was great. Tim has real transcripts of real conversations in the book that show the rules in practice that backs up the research and story-telling thorough the book. It’s one I imagine I will be going back to time and time again.
How to Boost Energy Naturally – The 5 Best Natural Energy Boosting Foods |
Dr. Josh Axe
If you have been looking for a “boost your energy naturally” diet this may be of interest. Jose Axe is a well respected voice in the natural food community and in this video he walks through what this would like like with hardly tips and advice. If you find yourself constantly dealing with fatigue and low energy levels, he suggests that there are plenty of natural remedies that can help boost energy levels.
Switching up your diet, including more physical activity in your routine, improving your sleep quality and using peppermint oil are all easy ways to get a quick burst of energy. He reminds people to keep in mind that low energy may also be a symptom of other conditions, including thyroid problems, depression or anemia. Consult with your doctor to address possible concerns if fatigue persists to determine the best method of treatment.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
Kendra Cherry discusses the concept of open-mindedness, and its benefits, as well as factors that influence people’s ability to be open-minded and how we can become better at it. She touches on well-known personality psychology concepts such as the ‘’Big 5’’ personality traits, confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect as well as delving further into the characteristics of open-minded people. This piece is perfect for those who want to get out of their comfort zones, adapt to change and engage with others who are different from them – something we all need to get used to in modern life. Being more open-minded can benefit you hugely, both in your personal and professional life, and can leave you open to meeting new people, taking on new perspectives and having different experiences which very from your norm. Being open-minded is generally considered a positive quality. It is a necessary ability in order to think critically and rationally.
5 minute read.
Interesting look at staff management and the challenges that it presents. While volume or the number of reports is a common pain point, this article looks at why it is easier to manage more rather than less – initially it seemed counter intuitive but the article makes a lot of sense. One of the things that came to mind when reading it was Netflix’s talent philosophy: The best thing you can do for employees—a perk better than foosball or free sushi—is hire only “A” players to work alongside them. Excellent colleagues trump everything else.
Another reflection point was how do we look after team members and develop them. Ambitious people especially early in their career are open to looking at the long term impact of their actions and how they can create long term value and enhance their personal brand. This opens up conversations in a way that short term KPIs don’t . Questions like : will there be a network of people who speak well of them in the future and who they can develop long term relationships with. Another point that came to mind is that the best people train themselves. While corporate training has it place, smart ambitious people tend to be hungry for information and are constantly skilling up through reading or are simply proactive about filling knowledge gaps.
4 minute read.
Culture is the way things are done at your organisation. It represents the values, beliefs and related behaviours of the people in it. They are different across companies, industries and countries. Having a strong company culture is imperative these days, both for current and prospective employees, and for building your business’ brand. Gone are the days of a stringent corporate environment, with 12 hour days and very little room for leeway, and in their place are copious options of flexible working, work from home opportunities and social environments.
This article demonstrates how it is not just up to the CEO to build company culture, but of the organisation as a whole with everybody playing their part. It also touches on the benefits of defining and growing culture such as providing clearer hiring guidelines and aligning culture with your business strategy. It also mentions how you should not neglect your company purpose, values and mission statements and gives tips on how to engage your senior management to get on board with the process. A great read for showing how your organisation’s vision of the future can meet its reality, with your personnel being the common denominator.
5 minute read.
Takeaways – The 1% Podcast – Mark Gallagher on Lessons from F1
A Senior Executive and respected Broadcaster in the adrenaline-charged world of Formula One, Mark Gallagher translates his experiences from the race track to the language of business. Gallagher’s passion for the sport has been partly driven by the dual challenges of managing risk and high performance. His roles at the Jordan and Red Bull Racing Formula One teams were followed by his relaunch of Cosworth as one of Formula One’s best-known technology suppliers. He played a key role in developing current technical regulations which place an emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability. His latest book, The Business of Winning: Strategic Success from the Formula One Track to the Boardroom, exposes the behind-the-scenes management of a Grand Prix team ensuring business continuity, viability and profitability.
We talk about F1 today as well as some of the sports legends such as Aryton Senna, Nikki Lauda and Eddie Irvine as well as F1 technology, inter team rivalry and the sports marketing, branding and ongoing popularity.
+ “Eddie Jordan is unconventional. He does the things quite often people least expect”
Old-school yet unconventional, Eddie Jordan was a constant source of controversy over the years. To some he was a genius and a maverick who took huge risks personally by investing in building the Jordan team whilst at the same time often being slammed in the media. Mark remembers his time at Jordan fondly, having fun in the hospitality tent with other teams’ sponsors, working and playing hard and delivering on the track as a glorified part of his career.
+ “There will not be another giant killer
Formula 1 has completely changed over the years with the ban on sponsorship from tobacco companies and the reduction in financial services sponsorship since the crash in tandem with the huge budgets of the top teams. Mark talks about how some of the new elements of technology have reduced the enjoyability of watching the sport, removing the human elements of emotion and error, making races very predictable. He thinks there will have to be some hard thinking about the F1 model in the years ahead.
+ Online racing, virtual moderation and the democratisation of F1 qualification
Never more true than now with audiences at sporting events, competitor participation and travel so restricted, Mark discussed the evolution of the discovery of new drivers via virtually competing in moderation and how this is leading to a younger and more gender diverse generation of drivers coming over the next 10 years will in the future.
Listen to full episode Here
Some Other Editions of The Podcast
Episode 16 As Professor of Modern History in UCD, Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland’s best-known historians. With Brexit raising its head again, its a useful interview to revisit. We discuss the backstop and the fate of the border as well as some of the most contentious political issues of our time with Trump, climate change and the move to right wing politics. Others topic include the challenges faced with the movement from the written word, Ireland and its performance on climate and womens issues, the GAA and its role in society today, and much more.
Episode 30 Enda McNulty on maximising human potential. Enda has created a unique approach to leadership, teams and wellbeing through his learnings in sport, psychology and business.
Episode 20 Robbie Cannon a qualified strength and conditioning coach, is probably best known for his performance work with golf Open Champion Shane Lowry. An accomplished golfer himself, he practices what he preaches and is three times Irish amateur golf champion.  Enjoy this wide-ranging conversation about his career to date, insights into peak conditioning for golfers, working with the Tipperary football team, and Shane Lowry’s plans for 2020 including qualification for this year’s Ryder Cup.

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Shay Dalton

Shay Dalton

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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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