The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 22nd January 2021…

February 2


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 ”Kintsukuroi: Rebuilding Hope & Embracing Change” should be on your reading list.
I’ve shared some interesting articles that got me thinking like ”’How To Use Cognitive Psychology To Change Negative Beliefs” and a video of Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman delivering a poem at US President Joe Biden’s recent inauguration.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”
– John Maxwell
Book & Video Recommendations
I found this book by Tyler Cartwright to be a unique tale of personal experience and growth, and refreshingly humble. Tyler overcame odds that anyone would have struggled with, battling depression and anxiety compounded with over-eating and imbibing. After years of suffering, he finally took on the battle with his inner demons. He lost 300lbs, got fit, learned methods to counteract his psychological difficulties and learned to recognize and embrace his flaws.
This is a candid and useful book which encourages us to embrace change in ourselves in the tradition of Kintsukuroi – the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold treating breakage as part of the history of the object and not something to disguise. There’s a lot to think about in here and a lot to take away.
For any of you who missed the inspirational recital by Amanda Gorman of her poem “The Hill We Climb” at US President Joe Biden’s inauguration this week I strongly recommend viewing. In this extraordinary achievement, a 22 year old young woman of colour took the stage with the presence, confidence and gravitas of someone far her senior and held the world in the palm of her hand.
So impactful has this recital been that Penguin have announced that they are going to publish a book of the single poem with an initial run of 150,000 copies – an incredible number for a full collection, let alone a single piece.
This recital has already rightly taken its place in US History – it’s hard to fathom how someone so young could have such wisdom already and express it so well. Even if you saw this at the inauguration, I recommend that you watch it again.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
As a business leader myself, I often find myself either deluged with data or in a position where I need to present data to my staff or others in an impactful way. The temptation can be to just put a bullet point slides presentation together or email a spreadsheet even though the former will likely be yawned through and the latter never opened.
This article is full of simple tips that anyone can utilise to make data delivery more clear, interesting and infinitely more impactful. Crammed with useful advice and a sample visualization for each tip to drive the message home, I found a lot of new tools for my toolbox after reading this and believe it will enable me to communicate data and insights more effectively from now on. 5 minute read
Our mind finds a way to manifest and sustain our beliefs. For example, if we have negative beliefs about oneself it will sustain these, likewise if we have positive ones. Many of us are trapped in a negative belief cycle without even realising it, especially at the minute where we are in the midst of yet another lockdown during the ever-evolving Covid-19 pandemic.
What I find interesting about this article is that it contains easy to follow, practical steps and tips to help us readers identify our negative beliefs and essentially almost ‘reset’ our thought process. I really like the ABC model by Dr Albert Ellis mentioned in the article, as well as the extension which includes disputation. Questioning your existing beliefs is a relatively new concept, and a difficult skill to hone seeing as many of these beliefs manifested within us since childhood. It is something which I will definitely be doing more research on following the reading of this article. 4 minute read
We often think of coaching as just within athletics and sport, and don’t think of the effect or importance it can have within the workplace. As a business owner, and particularly within the world of recruitment, performance management is a continuously important topic, and one which we are constantly trying to improve in. In this article by Quantum Workplace, they share 12 rules to master employee coaching and create a productive team of engaged employees, which I feel would be highly helpful to anyone in a management or leadership role within a business to follow.
One point in particular which I liked was the fact that they said to ”recognise employees often”. As we adapt to remote working and the continuous challenges it brings, the employees itself can sometimes be forgotten about. Doing something small to recognise or celebrate even the smallest of achievements can seriously improve engagement and will be something I will be focusing on within my own business during 2021. 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: Culture – Gary discusses where the concept of culture came from.
2:  Vision – Gary talks about Vision, purpose and higher meaning – the summit and the mountain.
3: Self-Awareness – Gary talks about mental self-awareness and our choice to perform.
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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