The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 15th January 2021.

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The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance

Welcome to this week’s The 1% Extra Newsletter and our first of 2021! This week I included some clips from our latest episode of The 1% Podcast with Gary Keegan, as well as why ”Parting Words: 9 Lessons for a Remarkable Life” should be on your reading list.
I’ve shared some interesting articles that got me thinking likeHow I Approach the Toughest Decisions” and a video of an interesting TED Talk on happiness.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
“A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying… that he is wiser today than yesterday.”
— Jonathan Swift
Book & Video Recommendations
Ben Ferencz is a captivating author and, after a century of life, has seen and done things that have given him a truly unique perspective. This is quite a short book but comes with some compelling ideas about life and how we perceive it that I found to be insightful and thought-provoking.
Born in Transylvania, he survived the Holocaust, grew up as a poor immigrant in the US, Ben won a scholarship to Harvard and went on to live a long happy life, constantly overcoming challenges that came his way and taking part in some of the biggest events in history like storming the beach at Normandy on D-Day and prosecuting the Nuremberg Trials.
This is a treasure trove of advice and wisdom from a truly great man who doesn’t just say it but lives it.
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken.
In one of the world’s longest studies of adult life, researchers have collected a cornucopia of data on their physical and mental health.
“The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” said Waldinger.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
This article by the former President of the United States is an eye-opener into the art of decision making. He starts off by outlining how he realised very early on during his stint in office that no decision he had to make would have a clear-cut answer or was black or white. He gives numerous examples of this from his presidency which involve topical issues such as sexual harassment in the workplace to the war in Afghanistan.
It is interesting to see Obama’s take on how he approaches decision making, and into the number of complex situations he had to navigate and decisions he had to adjudicate.
We can take some key learnings from Obama’s decision-making process, such as;
”When you have a tough, almost unsolvable decision to make, you don’t just want people to tell you what you want to hear.”
”There was something liberating, and humbling, about leaning on a process.”
The way Obama speaks about his family, his daughters and wife, and their impact on his decision making is refreshing and I feel this article is a quality read for anyone in or interested in leadership and assertiveness in general. 8 minute read
Personal development is somewhat of an abstract topic, but one which is undeniably popular none the less. In this short piece, Darius takes us through what exactly personal development is, as well as the four stages of it. The stages are as follows:
  • Discovery
  • Consumption
  • Application
  • Teaching
Teaching is the most desirable state and one we achieve after going through the whole personal development process. What I like about this article is that Foroux refers back to his own experiences which triggered his self-development journeys, such as a breakup, loss and career uncertainty. He then uses these experiences to mould the process which he talks about today. A really inspiring, thought-provoking and insightful read. 4 minute read
I expected the usual hypotheses on creative thinking from this article and was pleasantly surprised to find some well researched and interesting new ideas and proofs. Specifically, the core of the article is around how people with creative minds actually often have a different vision to people who don’t. Think Pablo Picasso for example. This is termed ‘creative vision’.
The authors – academics in personality psychology from the University of Melbourne – explore the up-sides and down-sides of being open-minded and link to some interesting tests you can do yourself, academic papers and other articles so if this topic interests you there’s a lot to unpack here. 4 minute read
Season 7 of The 1% Podcast kicks off with Gary Keegan, Founder and CEO of Uppercut, a High Performance Consultancy, and a driving force behind much unprecedented Irish sporting success.
During the episode Gary gives ”A Masterclass in Performance Leadership” where he speaks about his background, his work to date and much around the topics of the art of leadership, coaching models and the importance of mindset, character and teamwork in #performance.
Gary and Shay Dalton go on to have an insightful chat where they touch on his general approach and attitude to performance, which has brought so much success to teams and athletes he has worked with, including the Dublin senior footballers and Tipperary Senior Hurlers. A really great episode for anyone interested in the world of sport, coaching and performance in general!
This podcast includes the following extracts:
1: “Pressure is a privilege.” Gary explains how to interpret pressure to improve performance.
2:  Leadership – Gary describes how he evaluates the influencing skills and other traits of the leaders he meets.
3: Evolution of Irish Boxing – Gary talks about his pride, excitement and optimism regarding the evolution and future of Irish boxing
To read a detailed summary of the discussion or to listen to the full episode and subscribe to The 1% Podcast click here.
If you enjoyed this episode of the podcast, here are some more you may appreciate…
Suzanne Dempsey – the Deputy CEO and the Director of Nursing at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. The Mater Hospital is at the epicentre of Ireland’s battle against Covid 19.
Trish Murphy – a qualified and accredited psychotherapist, trainer, and offers counselling and therapy in couples counselling, sexual intimacy and individual psychotherapy.

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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