The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 12 June 2020

As a valued reader of our Sunday Business Paper Review, we are delighted to introduce our new performance newsletter, The 1% Extra.
A number of people have asked us if we could send a summary of the performance tips in The 1% Podcast, so here is your weekly edition of The 1% Extra – the best we’ve read or seen on performance this week.
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4 Takeaways – The 1% Podcast 
Episode 13 Daniel Davey, senior performance nutritionist and the one ultimately responsible for fuelling the performance of some of Ireland’s leading athletes, including Dublin GAA and Leinster Rugby

+ Nutrition in the Workplace

For most high performers in the workplace, there is an element of pressure and stress on the body and mind. Daniel discusses the importance of consistent nutrition and hydration to allow for recovery from that load to keep the high performance stable. He also discusses how employers should invest time, thought and resources into what they’re providing on canteen menus and how a well-nourished workforce can positively impact the corporate bottom line in terms of increased productivity and reduced sick days.

“Learn to cook and become good at cooking and it will change your life”

Daniel gets buy-in from his athletes by starting his work with them focusing on food not nutrition and then layering on the nutritional knowledge afterwards. By learning to cook and to care about food the athletes, and indeed anyone else, could execute what’s talked about from a nutritional point of view and align their body composition, outlook and nutritional knowledge.


At the outset of his career Daniel spent three and a half years working in the supplements industry giving him a deep understanding of supplements, individual nutrients, what works, what doesn’t, and what’s needed. Whilst he recognises that some individual supplements are beneficial e.g. Vitamin D in Winter when we don’t have enough sun exposure, or Omega oils for low-fish diets, he discusses how we can get most of our nutrients from our diet.

The past three editions of the podcast:

26 Former Head of Performance Science with Cirque du Soleil, Bryan Burnstein

25 Former Dublin hurler and performance coach, Joey Boland

24 Sleep Expert, Motty Varghese


   3 Articles Worth Reading
+Leadership In The New Now 
Good article by Boston Consulting Group on what work practices will be like going forward and how leadership that combines empathy and adaptability, using a practical head, heart and hands analogy, may be the best approach.  5 minute read
+The 10 Most Useful Mental Models 
Mental models are how we understand the world. Not only do they shape what we think and how we understand but they shape the connections and opportunities that we see and are a proven way to approach problem solving. This article by Scott H Young, is a great introduction in some of the most used mental models
7 minute read here 
+The Best Developmental Youth Sports System-Worlds Finest Academy or Fun Play ? 


Enjoyable and insightful look at the best approach to development of kids in any sport – which is best, a structured academy environment or creative and fun free play – interesting results. Great read for anyone with children, coaches and sports fans.  4 minute read here
   2 Book & Video Recommendations
+ Muscle Matters – Ted-X talk by Brendan Egan UCD
This was a video recommended by nutritionist Daniel Davey when he was on the podcast.  Great overview and insight on the importance of muscle building and how to avoid wasting for all ages. 14 mins watch here 
+ Pre-Suasion:A Revolutionary Way to Influence & Persuade By Robert B Cialdini
Robert Cialdini is regarded as the the foremost expert on effective persuasion.  In this best seller, he explains how it’s not necessarily the message itself that changes minds, but the key moment before you deliver that message. 
Cialdini explains how to prepare people to be receptive to a message before they experience it. Optimal persuasion is achieved only through optimal pre-suasion. In other words, to change “minds” a pre-suader must also change “states of mind.”  
Buy book here.
Authors website here


1 Quote Worth Pondering
 “What others think of you is none of your business” 
Jack Canfield



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


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About the Author

Shay Dalton

Shay Dalton

Managing Director 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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