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 the physical demands of dancing, mentorship, and Donny Golden and staying at the top. Next week on the podcast will have an in-depth conversation with Billy Walsh.
We also have a selection of our favourite writing-related to performance and development we are reading, including great articles on curiosity, picking teams and bad bosses! as well as a video about three principles that Steve Jobs followed. Our book of the week is The Laws of Human Nature by Philip Green.  
Have a great weekend,
Shay
Quote Worth Thinking About
“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.”
Writer and essayist Lu Xun on the power of collective hope
Book & Video Recommendations
Understand why people do what they do in this book of The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene. Greene is known for his best-selling books: The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction.
These aren’t so much laws as they are tendencies, in my opinion.
We have strong feelings. We have a tendency to exaggerate our self-esteem. We all have egos. We don’t get to see everything there is to see. We’re looking for proof to back up our claims. There is a dark side to us. The Laws of Our Nature is a fascinating examination of human nature and its tendencies. You’ll never see yourself or others the same way again.
Recent Performance Articles We Have Read
Curiosity in life and in the workplace is so important but sadly it’s not encouraged enough – research has shown that allowing people in the workplace to exercise their curiosity can lead to fewer conflicts and better outcomes.
In this article Ivaylo Durmonski, who rarely disappoints, he makes the case for curiosity and contests that even naturally smart people need to remain curious. Interestingly he also argues that it can complement and at times compensate for a lack of intelligence and that “curious people become smart by accident” – a great read.
5-minute read
We all want to be surrounded by the best people and this desire can affect our hiring criteria causing us to seek “A” players, causing inflation in the basic requirements for many roles. This article explores the concept that just because someone was a high performer at another organisation doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be at yours. We see this is in sport all the time but we rarely transcribe it to business hiring.
Citing research by Google’s Lazlo Bock which led to Google and many other major players reducing their hiring criteria, we are instead encouraged to seek potential from new hires and develop “A” players from within our organisations. It’s a to-the-point read with links to some interesting research and worth exploring if you are hiring or planning to.
3-minute read
The most common reason cited for why people leave a job is due to a cultural mismatch or a boss that drives them insane – October 16th is “Boss’s Day” in many countries.  That means that for 24 hours, workers all over the world are invited to celebrate their bosses, good, bad, and indifferent. However, for those that like prevention rather than cure, this article, from the Harvard Business Review, examines how to spot a bad boss at an interview – some great advice including trusting your instincts and meet your colleagues.
3-minute read
Video Worth Watching
Steve Jobs’s mindset remains interesting and I think as time goes by it may become even more so. This Shane Parrish interview with Walter Isaacson highlights three principles Job’s had – the first two are empathy and focus – the third was impute, a difficult word to understand and apply. Isaacson explains it as, what does something signal when you first see it, what does it imply? He gives some light to this underappreciated trait and it also ties nicely into another article on curiosity in this week’s list
4-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: The physical demands of dancing: Padraic mentions some of the methods that dancers use to maintain their physical condition.
2: Learning by being enabled: Padraic’s coach Donny Golden empowered his students in authentic and relatable ways that encouraged young people to keep their focus.
3: Staying at the top: How observing the best enabled Padraic to shoot for the stars and stay there.
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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