The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 12th February 2021

April 9


The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance

Welcome to this week’s The 1% Extra Newsletter. This week I included some clips from our latest episode of The 1% Podcast with Dr David Coleman as well as why ”Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow’should be on your reading list.
I’ve shared some interesting articles that got me thinking likeThe Rule of 70/20/10” and a video relating to the poetry of David White.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.’
– Simone Weil
Book & Video Recommendations
This book published by Gallup is a follow on to brilliant and popular “StrengthsFinder 2.0” (if you haven’t read it, it’s good and also great for anyone in their twenties who are undecided on what path to take).
A central premise is followed throughout that a focus on your strengths is quicker and more effective in achieving results than eliminating weaknesses. As with “StrengthsFinder 2.0” Gallup have used their long-running research to uncover truths, but here they have extended the strengths to Leadership and Team. The research is extensive having examined over 1 million teams and it concludes with 3 ways to be a more effective leader:
1. Knowing your strengths
2. Getting the right talents on your team
3. Meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership
The book details accounts and nuances around these points and is practical and full of useful tips.
First off, I may be a little biased here as I am a David Whyte fan. He is a poet and author of 10 books of poetry and 4 books of prose and has a worldly wisdom and a wonderful voice that is hypnotising. I came across this short video which combined David reciting extracts from two poems set in the wilds of Ireland (Whyte was born in the UK to an Irish mother).
The musician and composer Owen Ó Súilleabháin incorporates one of the oldest recordings of traditional Irish music in existence. There is a wonderful description and background to the short film in the link and if you want to hear more of David Whyte there is a good podcast with Sam Harris here.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
This article focuses on some hidden rules which we can find in the Kung Fu movie Ip Man. These include the 70/20/10 approach to life, which focuses on the basis that 70% of the time you should rest, 20% of the time you should train and 10% of the time you fight. This an interesting analogy and proves that you shouldn’t be pushing yourself to burnout in order to achieve success.
It also contradicts how much of us spend most days of our lives, and is a different way of pushing the boundaries and exploring the effectiveness of routine. I particularly like this quote from the article ”The opposite of important work isn’t busywork – it’s rest.” which emphasises the fact that without conserving enough energy, you are just wasting your reserves on pointless tasks that hold no meaning. 3 minute read
I’m writing this eating a super food wrap so I don’t feel as guilty. Most of us have heard about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet but it has mostly been focussed on good nutrition and cardiovascular health.
This research article focused on the benefits of memory and thinking skills, which was new and interesting. The takeaway is that there is evidence that a diet rich in green leafy vegetables and low in meat, can help cognitive function later in life but there was no link, good or bad to overall better brain health. 3 minute read
From high school valedictorian to becoming the youngest ever SVP at investment firm D.E. Shaw to founding one of ecommerce’s biggest success stories Amazon, Jeff Bezos gained notoriety over the years as being a brilliant entrepreneur with an amazing mind despite the occasional scandal or misstep.
Bezos’ recent announcement that he would be stepping down from his role as CEO of Amazon inspired this thread of tweets from David Perell listing various lessons he had learned from Bezos over the years and went viral.
A refreshing change from the traditional article or blog format, there’s a lot of wisdom in here and I find it interesting to see the reactions/comments on each tweet. Some of the subjects include decision-making, management style, innovation and customer. This is a must-read for anyone with an interest in seeing a variety of perspectives on a unique entrepreneur.
10 minute read
Dr David Coleman is a clinical psychologist who specialises in children, teenagers, and emotional and psychological development. David is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at UCD.
He has over 20 years of experience in child psychology and has used this expertise in his regular parenting segment on Today with Claire Byrne on Radio 1 and his column in the Irish Independent. David has hosted a number of Irish television shows and documentaries down through the years. These include Families in Trouble, 21st Century Child, Teens in the Wild and Families in the Wild. David won an IFTA for his documentary Bullyproof in 2013.
David’s three books were all bestsellers – ‘Parenting is Child’s Play’, ‘Parenting is Child’s Play: The Teenage Years’ and ‘The Thriving Family’.
He also runs two courses – ‘Scared Kids’ which helps children suffering from anxiety and ‘Headspace Adventures’ which is an adventure therapy programme for teenagers.
Tune in as we discuss building self-esteem and independence, dealing with bullying, and embracing mistakes.
This podcast includes the following extracts:
1: Building Trust in Teenagers – David explores how to make teenagers feel heard.
2:  Launch of Headspace Ventures – David speaks about his business which provides the opportunity for young people to find their strengths in the outdoors
3: What Makes a Happy Child – David discusses the ability of children to process negative emotions and the role of positive parenting.
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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