The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 20th November 2020…….

January 18


The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance.

Welcome to this week’s The 1% Extra Newsletter. This week I included some clips from my interview with former professional rugby player and adventurer Damian Browne on adventure and testing new boundaries, as well as why ”Yes To Life In Spite of Everything’ should be on your reading list.
I’ve shared some interesting articles that got me thinking like ”’How To Have a Difficult Conversation” and a video of a TED Talk on losing yourself in a state of flow.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
”To develop a complete mind: study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
Leonardo da Vinci
Book & Video Recommendations
Most people have heard of the author Viktor Frankl and his book Man’s Search for Meaning. This is his new book Yes To Life – In Spite of Everything. Frankl focuses on how it is not only our actions which gives our life meaning, but how being fully present and experiencing beauty can also contribute to a meaningful life.
Frankl is a renowned psychiatrist who was in Auschwitz and was released. He went on to deliver a series of talks revealing the foundation of his life-affirming philosophy. Frankl’s words ring true in 2020 more than ever, as he learned from his fellow housemates how to say ‘yes to life’ – something which we should take forward for ourselves and apply to our own lives in these uncertain times.
Musician Diane Allen explains how to find out what your own flow state is, and how to design for it on purpose. Keynote speaker and violinist Diane Allen is on a mission to help people deeply engage with their lives and reach their potential. What began as a personal challenge for her to own her A-Game, has grown into a passion and a mastery for helping others to own theirs.
A New York City trained violinist, Diane became the Concertmaster of the Central Oregon Symphony. With her Copper Dragon Violin in hand, she now helps organizations to cultivate their talent, increase engagement, and improve performance. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. 13 minute watch
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
This is a great article for anyone interested in how to have successful difficult conversations.
We had Tim Harkness, Head of Sports Science and Psychology with Chelsea FC on the podcast recently talking about his book on having good conversations. His research and applications was fascinating and this article caught my eye as this takes a similar approach but adds some new dimensions. The article is very practical and informative with a step by step guide on how best to approach this area. Some of the takeaways include:
Common for people to avoid conflict but avoiding it tends to create more
There are three outcomes from a difficult conversation – full solution, a plan or an understanding.
Listening is everything
You’ll be heard more by describing your experiences and emotions (rather than listing your counterpart’s mistakes)
A single statement has the potential to transform the conflict and a guide to finding this ‘gem statement’
This is a short summary and the article is well worth digging into more for anyone interested in this essential area that we all face from time to time. 4 minute read
Intentional learning is the process of treating every experience as a learning opportunity rather than a separate entity. The desire to learn should always be amongst us, and we should always be curious. This article circles around a recent report by global consultancy firm McKinsey which delves into the process of intentional learning and how we should be focusing on reskilling to fill jobs created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In order to acquire this, one must have a growth mindset and an element of curiosity, which most people have anyways but they need to realise how to hone this skill. As automation increases, people need to strive more than ever to learn as much as possible in order to keep up with this new wave of technology. McKinsey focus on the fact that even pre COVID-19, the world of stable employment had ceased and everyone needs to keep up with employment skills and trends in order to stay relevant in the jobs market. An inspiring and thought-provoking read!
3 minute read
Cal Newport is an interesting guy. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT and writes prolifically about performance, focus and time-management. In this piece for the New Yorker, he looks at how email and technology, which were supposed to improve our work and productivity, have instead done the opposite – removing boundaries and routine.
In this article he largely the bullet-journal method, follows the productivity journey of Merlin Mann through various phases, as per his 43 Folders blog. I particularly liked where Cal explored David Allen’s acronym – GTD – Getting Things Done. This methodology is surprisingly simple to implement in whatever way suits you. He also looks at Drucker’s work in the mid-20th century on the economic transformation from manual labour towards cognitive work and the importance of creativity and innovation to stay ahead.
If you want to learn about productivity strategies like “Inbox Zero”, and how productivity is very much a personal thing as well a collective thing, I think this is a great article about how you can learn to do your best work.  10 minute read
My guest today is Damian Browne.
Damian Browne, former professional rugby player talks to us about the exploration of his physical and mental limits, rowing the Atlantic and conquering the Seven Summits.
Damian played elite rugby with clubs such as Leinster, Connacht and Brive. After retirement, he embarked on a life of exploration and adventure successfully defeating the Marathons des Sables, single-handedly rowing the Atlantic and is currently working his way to climbing the Seven Summits – preparing for his Mount Everest climb in 2021.
It’s an exciting narrative with some unique insights into motivation, grit, performance and pushing yourself to the limits from someone who still hasn’t found his own boundaries despite conquering some of the toughest challenges in the world.
Some excerpts / take-aways:
1: Joe Schmidt – Damian recalls working with Joe Schmidt and Joe’s focus on process, training and responsibility.
2:  Marathon des Sables – Damian talks about his preparation for his nutrition for the 257km run in the desert.
3: Facing Danger – Damian talks about the difference between being harnessed into the boat on his Atlantic trip, having no harness on Everest and how he deals with the fear.
To read a detailed summary of the discussion or to listen to the full episode and subscribe to The 1% Podcast click here.

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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