The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 19 June 2020


Welcome to this week’s edition of The 1% Extra newsletter. The 1% Extra brings you the best takeaways from performance experts on The 1% Podcastas 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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   4 Takeaways – The 1% Podcast 

Episode 28 – Kingsley Aikens on The Art of Networking  

Kingsley writes, speaks, and consults extensively on  Networking, Philanthropy, and Diaspora.  Hugely enjoyable conversation with many insight and anecdotes. Here are some takeaways but I’d encourage you to listen to the podcast as Kingsley is a great raconteur

“Ireland has a resource globally in people who have an affinity to this country”

Kinglsey talks about his work with the American Ireland Funds and how they tapped into the $400Bn a year philanthropy industry of the United States to benefit Ireland which during the 70s and 80s was suffering a particularly violent time in Northern Ireland, and spending that “diaspora capital” in a way that would create the most impact.

“The strongest diasporas in the world are the victim diasporas”

Historically, the largest emigrations have been victim-led. The Irish during the Great Famine, the Jews during the genocide, similarly the Armenians. These diasporas show the greatest solidarity and community globally and have since through organisations like the Irish American Fund and the United Jewish Appeal helped their ancestral countries through philanthropy.

“33% of the people of working age in Dublin were not born in Ireland”

Over 30 million people in the United States of Irish ancestry or heritage in some way. Before the Great Famine, the population ratio between Ireland and the UK was 1:2 where now it’s 1:12. 25% of the population and 33% of the people of working age in Dublin were not born in Ireland. Kingsley questions whether we should all look at our own networks and consider whether they reflect our economy and society.

“People who might consider themselves introverts might be better at networking than extroverts”

Kingsley discusses how introverts can often be better networkers due to the authenticity, integrity, and honesty of their networking efforts. In a world where people rarely listen anymore unless to prepare their own next sentence, introverts tend to have two very powerful tools – they ask questions and they listen. “The most generous gift you can give anyone is the gift of rapt attention.”

The past three editions of the podcast:
27 Former Head of Performance Science with Cirque du Soleil, Bryan Burnstein
26 Director of Nursing & Deputy CEO of the Mater HospitalSuzanne Dempsey 
25 Former Dublin Hurler and Performance Coach, Joey Boland
   3 Articles Worth Reading

Research-backed practices that strengthen your emotional resilience

Psychologists have been studying resilience for decades. Here’s what they’ve found. 5 minute read here 

+ This Is What a Good Day Looks Like According to Marcus Aurelius – By Ryan Holiday 

It’s humbling to think that Marcus Aurelius, the head of the most powerful empire on earth, had the same amount of hours in the day like you and me – So how did he get it all done? Find out here 

+The Law Of Momentum: How To Become Unstoppable

If you’re truly committed to starting something, get started, but make sure that you keep going. Read how in this 5 minute read here 

   2 Book & Video Recommendations

+Why ask why? By the brilliant Richard Feynman

A short, but wonderful and entertaining insight into Richard Feynman and how he thinks and the power of asking Why… As Feynman describes: “But the problem, you see, when you ask why something happens, how does a person answer why something happens?”  Watch here 

+Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life.  By Jim Kwik 

Better than a lot of self-help books, brain performance expert Jim Kwik outlines his core techniques so that people, can boost performance and well-being.  Best described in his own words: “No matter your age, background, or level of education, you can learn new ways to use your brain. If you’ve been searching for better ways of coping and growing, I’m here to help you fall in love with learning again.” Buy here

Author website here

1 Quote Worth Pondering
“So here we have purposeful practice in a nutshell: Get outside your comfort zone but do it in a focused way, with clear goals, a plan for reaching those goals, and a way to monitor your progress. Oh, and figure out a way to maintain your motivation.” 
Anders Ericsson (Who passed away this week)

Author of Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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 @sdalton10

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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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