The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 25 Sept 2020

September 28


The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance. Insights into leadership, development and personal growth

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% 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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Quote Worth Reflecting On
“To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you, that’s what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself but for one’s community.” 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States who passed away this month)
Book & Video Recommendations
This is Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ first book and while a lot of executive memoirs tend to be a little self-congratulatory, the great thing about this is that it highlights the counter-intuitive approach that was taken by Hastings and the company and how it worked.
Founded in 1997 as a DVD-by-mail business, Netflix now has 7,000 employees, creates its own award-winning TV shows, and reaches 150 million streaming customers in 190 countries. The book tends to focus a lot on culture and throws light on the policy of keeping only the most highly effective people that are essential to innovation and creative success.  Many of the cultural ideas seem to come from Hastings’s preoccupation with organizational design as much as product and technology, and the main focus of the book is how to most effectively manage creative enterprises.
It’s an honest account and Hastings talks about failures as well as successes and there are lots of take-aways for anyone interested in organisational development, culture or scaling businesses
A talk by author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek, whereby he focuses on demonstrating how helping others can create huge results and success for us in the future. He draws on interesting comparisons and shows how giving people confidence will in turn result in them generating further confidence in you. A must-watch for anyone interested in developing their leadership skills and overall personal development.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
Career paths are more fluid than ever before. Most people will have several careers over their lifetime and will easily switch from one industry or area to another. In the following piece for Ness Labs, Anne-Laure Le Cunff discusses the sometimes overlooked ”Adjacent Skills” which can open unlimited doors and career opportunities for professionals. These can include people management, SEO, and psychology – three skills which are imperatively important within the working world. The article explores the benefits of using adjacent skills, such as improving communication and sustaining motivation at work, as well as giving relevant examples of main skills people value within their careers, and the adjacent ones which fall alongside them. A must-read for anyone interested in career progression and upskilling. 4 minute read.
The concept of brain training has been around for years, but gone are the days of practising simple Sudoku, and in its place are new cognitive approaches. This is a subject which always garners mixed opinions, from avid brain training fans to scientists who argue it has little to no effect on the cognitive function. Research Scientist Anja Pahor does a deep dive into the subject, and aims to figure out makes brain training apparently effective by way of her latest online study. The study aims to pave the way forward for a more personalised approach to brain training which will hopefully have more advanced effects on the cognitive function. 4 minute read.
Being world-class, or being in the top handful of people at what you do, seems to exclude us or we think that being world-class is for someone else.  It is still intriguing to know how world-class people get to that level.
People who have worked with world-class performers tend to respond that it is not the obvious things like dedication, drive or setting goals – there are plenty of people who do that who aren’t world-class.  And it’s not that they do different things: they do the same things better or they innovate better.
This article leverages Daniel Coyle’s book The Talent Code and again it focuses on how you practice, not how much. As the article says, “if you structure your efforts toward mastery in a certain way, you’ll hardwire extraordinary results into your brain  –  and you’ll reap not just their external rewards but also find happiness and fulfilment”.
The articles suggest to Chunk It, Try It, Feel It, leading to a deeper practice. This is partly the idea behind less is more – the main reason is that if you do deep practice right, after a certain point, more won’t lead to better — just to more exhausted.
Good advice especially for multi-taskers, as it’s been shown that chunking, not multi-tasking, leads to better results when it comes to learning and productivity. It’s been found that multitasking can actually impair your ability to think.  5 minute read.
The 1% Podcast – Tim Harkness – Head of Sports Science and Psychology at Chelsea Football Club
Tim has over 22 years of experience as a Psychologist and Sports Scientist and currently holds the position of Head of Sports Science and Psychology at Chelsea Football Club. In addition, Tim has worked closely with a diverse group of elite athletes from Abhinav Bindra the only Indian Olympian Gold Medallist since 1980, to the Delhi Capitals IPL team. In 2018 Tim was the Team Psychologist to the Saudi Arabia National Football team at the 2018 FIFA world cup.
Tim recently published his first book, ‘10 Rules for Talking: An Expert’s Guide to Mastering Difficult Conversations’. This book is about more than communication and conversations. It addresses some of the essential themes around personal interaction, how we think, how we express ourselves and create meaning from these interactions. 
During our conversation, Tim and I talk through a range of subjects including creating great conversations, leading decision-making, focus, communication across different cultures, and Tim’s lessons from the book. The advice is both accessible and practicable
“Part of the ability of being an athlete is the ability to think fast and think slow at the right times.”
Daniel Kahneman’s System 1 and System 2 for thinking are well known in psychology circles – thinking fast when we automatically know what to do or the answer and thinking slowly where we need to figure something out. Tim applies these to the athletic world and knowing when to consciously think to generate tactics.
“The Purpose of Communication”
We all practice the art of conversation every day but how often do we think about our own objective or that of the person we’re conversing with? Tim explains some of the different objectives of conversations – factual, forecast, value and allegiance. In this thought-provoking examination, Tim gives some examples of why conversations sometimes don’t work and how this often ties back to differing conversational objectives.
“A major part of confidence is to step out of the binary world.”
Tim talks about how if we can step away from the binary concepts of success or failure, we can become more confident in how we converse. The key concept is that of recognising and understanding improvement, getting closer and closer to each other’s point of view and all of the grey areas in between.
“These people are my allies.”
When discussing the idea of conversations within spousal or familial relationships Tim recommends accepting that you both have some qualities that are unpleasant, seeking out those that you admire in one another and remembering that you’re a team. If you can remember that you are allies then you can turn to one another and save your energy for the difficult conversations you have to have out in the world with other people instead.
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Some Other Editions of The Podcast
Episode 23 Fergus Connolly is one of the world’s foremost human performance thought leaders and influencers. Author of the bestselling book “Game Changer – The Art of Sports Science“, Fergus has applied performance science with leading sports, military, and business teams. He is the only coach to have full times roles in every major sport, including soccer (Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers), professional and college football (San Francisco 49ers and the University of Michigan), rugby (Welsh national team) and elite military units.
Episode 30 Enda McNulty on maximising human potential. Enda has created a unique approach to leadership, teams and wellbeing through his learnings in sport, psychology and business.
Episode 20 Robbie Cannon a qualified strength and conditioning coach, is probably best known for his performance work with golf Open Champion Shane Lowry. An accomplished golfer himself, he practices what he preaches and is three times Irish amateur golf championEnjoy this wide-ranging conversation about his career to date, insights into peak conditioning for golfers, working with the Tipperary football team, and Shane Lowry’s plans for 2020 including qualification for this year’s Ryder Cup.

About the Author

Shay Dalton

Shay Dalton

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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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