The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 22 May 2020

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The 1% Podcast, as 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 26 Season 4 Highlights – Performance Takeaways 


+Stephen Smith CEO, Kitman Labs

“When you put a group of people that care deeply about a problem in a room together they will learn and find ways of solving it.”

Stephen discusses how over the years of building Kitman Labs and working with all of the biggest sports franchises in the world, he moved on from his initial approach of hiring for deep technical skill and now prioritises passion and hiring people who care about what they do.

+Robbie Cannon, Golf Expert and Coach to Rory McIlroy

“I said to my caddy after 5 holes that this guy’s gonna be a superstar.”

Robbie recalls the first time he played a round with the then 15 year old Rory McIlroy and how with both Rory and Shane Lowry their incredible talent for the game was very apparent even from a young age.

+Fergus Connolly, Global Performance Expert 

“Set an alarm for going to bed at night”

Fergus recommends establishing a routine – getting up at the same time, prioritising what you need to get done during the day both professionally and personally, do it and then stopping and taking time for relaxation and loved ones. The most important part of this routine for Fergus is going to bed at the same time in order to start the day with getting up at the same time.

+Motty Verghese, Sleep Specialist 

“3 things happened around the same time. Daylight savings changes, there was Covid19 and the anxiety associated to it, and there was we started working from home and with the remote working there was a little bit more flexibility.”

Motty discusses the toll that keeping inconsistent hours can have on the number of sleep cycles we experience in a night, our ability to dream and our daily low, medium and high-level decision-making processes.

The past three editions of the podcast:
25 Former Dublin hurler and coach, Joey Boland
24 Motty Varghese, Sleep Expert
23 Global Performance Expert, Fergus Connolly
3 Articles Worth Reading
+The Power of Deep Thinking: Essence of Creativity by Dr Jamie Schwant
The power of deep thinking is the essence of creativity. By learning how to think differently and deep, you will find that it is not only your creative thinking, but your critical thinking skills that vastly improve. This leads to higher levels of thinking and powerful problem-solving skills that you simply did not have before. 10 minute read here 


+Elon Musk by Tim Urban
Elon Musk was stirring controversy again this week with his 
Red Pill tweet For those interested in Elon Musk this is a must-read article. 
15 minute read here
+Without Women there is no Democracy, Boston Review 
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote in the US. With this backdrop this is an interesting article, headed Without Women there is no Democracy, outlining the argument for gender equality in political office. 4 minute read
   2 Book & Video Recommendations
+Biking on Water

Australian Motocross rider Robbie Maddison becomes the first person to surf a wave on a motorbike. In a promotional video, Maddison is filmed riding a modified motorbike along the world famous waves of Teahupoo and Papara in Tahiti.  Hard to believe until you see it. Watch here

+The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz By Erik Larson
I finished this book recently –  enjoyable and easy read with interesting correlations to how the current crisis is communicated today


From the back cover .. “Every time Churchill took to
the airwaves it was as if he were injecting adrenaline-soaked courage directly into the British people … Larson tells the story of how that feat was accomplished … Fresh, fast and deeply moving.”  Buy here


Review of the book here


  1 Quote Worth Pondering
 “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”


   John Wooden
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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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