The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 19th March

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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 Patrick McKeown as well as why ”’The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation” should be on your reading list.
I’ve shared some interesting articles that got me thinking likePersonality Intelligence: What It Is, Why You Need It and How to Get It” and a video of British philosopher, journalist, and speaker Alan Watts.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
”Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
– Cyril Northcote Parkinson
Book & Video Recommendations
We are often advised to look to history when making decisions, to be aware of the recurring themes and factors that if we are aware of helps us make a more informed decision.
In the Idea Factory, Jon Gertner explores the origins of some of the most influential developments of the twentieth century, presenting a fascinating yet previously untold chapter of American history. Central to the book is the story of a small number of innovative and brilliant professionals who spent their careers at Bell Labs, the research and development wing of AT&T.
A great read to stimulate creativity, ideas and their execution, motivations or simply learning from the past.
This is a short video yet it is loaded with advice and insight about forging a career. Mainly aimed at college students the lessons are applicable about any stage in life and about being true to ourselves and authenticity.
Watts was a British philosopher, journalist, and speaker who is credited with bringing eastern philosophy to western civilization. Here he lays out a simple logical argument for doing what you really want to do in life.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
This is a super article by the Farnam Street blog.
When it comes to making choices, our surroundings are important. It’s difficult to make healthy choices when you’re too busy to think, just as it’s difficult to eat healthily if your kitchen is full of fast food. Just as the kitchen influences what you eat, your work space influences how you make decisions. Especially essential read with so many working from home in perhaps less than ideal conditions.
Some takeaways include
• Structure your day to maximise your energy
• Use chunks of time and be conscious when interrupting other people
• Make effective behaviours easy
2 minute read
A well researched piece from the Entrepreneur Europe blog. The central argument is that we need a more productive and efficient way to collaborate in an increasingly diverse and dynamic environment.
The piece starts with stating that communication is essential and the pieces and dialogue
helps with understanding. However, it asserts that a type of intelligence that embraces the entire individual, or what the articles refers to as the intelligence of personality, is just as essential. Groups can experience more efficient communication and better coordination by growing a team’s personality intelligence with a personality blueprint.
3 minute read
With remote working seemingly here to stay, it is easy to lose focus sometimes. Staying mindful is one way to alleviate stress and stay in the present moment. Some may say it’s hard to remain mindful in a world that is predominantly virtual and so ”always on.”
This article by Harvard Business Review offers some tips on being mindful when working from home. From staying in the present to enabling connection and community, this article offers advice which many of us may have overlooked. It touches on how as a leader we may also admit to some vulnerability right now, which will allow our employees to empathise with us. This can help create an employee culture of engagement and inclusivity, which many businesses are struggling to provide right now.
3 minute read
Patrick McKeown is a world-renowned expert in breathing with nearly 20 years clinical experience. He has written eight books, three of which were bestsellers. Patrick has also been published in numerous publications and journals.
He studied at Trinity College Dublin and went on to study breathing with renowned Dr Konstantin Buteyko in his Moscow clinic. He became a practitioner and proponent of the Buteyko Method, which uses nasal breathing, breath control and breath holding as a treatment for health conditions. Patrick founded the Buteyko Clinic International based in his hometown Galway.
His work helps use simple breathing exercises to improve the quality of life for people who suffer from asthma, sleep disorders, high blood pressure and just anyone interested in improving their overall health and wellbeing.
His latest book, ‘The Breathing Cure’, has been called “the definitive book on breathing”. It contains simple home practice exercises for adults and children, research-backed methodologies that help you to use breathing to improve your quality of life.
Join us as we unpack the science and health behinds quality breathing, entering the flow state and the breathing exercises and tests you can practise today.
This podcast includes the following extracts:
1: Oxygen and CO2: Patrick explains how body temperature and carbon dioxide affect the delivery of oxygen to our muscles.
2: Exercise: How to Decongest your Nose: Patrick teaches an exercise that any of us can use to easily decongest our nose.
3: Breathing and Stress: Advice to people who want to enter a greater flow state and overcome heightened anxiety.
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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