Welcome to this week’s 1% Extra Newsletter. Our latest Podcast guest is Dr Ian Robertson of the Global Brain Health Institute. This is the first of a 2-part Podcast with Ian where he speaks about the winner effect and how we can cultivate and harness it in our everyday lives. Also included is a selection of writing we are reading related to performance and development plus ambient music selection from BBC Sounds.

Instead of picking a book of the week I’ve included a link to the best books of 2021, a useful list this close to Christmas.

Have a great weekend,



The 1% Podcast – Ian Robertson


The Winner Effect – The Science of Success and How To Use It

Listen to the full Podcast here or if you’re time-poor I’ve selected 3 sound bites I found compelling.

Full Podcast

The Winner Effect


Success begets more success and Ian gives examples of how this has now been backed by science.

1 min

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The Loser Effect


Just as success begets more success sadly the opposite is true too in how the brain handles failure.

1 min

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Competitive Mindset


What is your key metric of success? Ian speaks about the dangers of a comparative mindset when setting goals.

2 mins

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Insight of the Week

“It’s the same lesson I learnt in that cell. What you have to do is live for the day, you have to say, now is life, this very moment. It’s not tomorrow, it’s not yesterday, its now, so you have to live it as fully as you can. Invest in every day.”

Terry Waite, Humanitarian 

Book Recommendation

The Best Books of 2021


Rather than our normal book review, linked here is a great site rating the best books of 2021, some we reviewed here earlier in the year. For anyone looking for a book for themselves or as a present, this is a great place to start.  

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Music For Work, Study or Concentration

Focus Beats – BBC Sounds


From the excellent BBC Sounds site this is a compilation of new producers and legends with two hours of non-stop beats for concentration and focus. Research shows that the correct ambient music can lead to a 7x increase in focus with a 3.6x decrease in stress … We think it’s worth a listen.

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Article Recommendations

What’s your purpose? Moving beyond the ‘Why?’


A thoughtful article reviewing purpose primarily related to work but this can be modelled for anything. The useful aspect here is moving beyond Why, popularised by writers like Simon Sinek. While acknowledging the use of reflecting on Why, the article takes us to the next step. 

Acknowledging that fulfilment comes from a ‘cause that is bigger than us’ – (this can be your cause within the company or a connection with your companies cause) as well as connection to the people in the organisation, the tribe, as is the expression of your talents. To move beyond this, we need our own purpose and to be able to connect to the organisation from that place, knowing at times that this may differ from social norms and what is regarded as successful. 

2 mins

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Learning by Doing: When Does it Work? When Does it Fail?


An interesting question and one that comes up regularly. The article digs deep into the question of, is “focussed doing” enough or what else is at play. There is some trade off involved, including:

–        Go-figure versus being taught

–        Piecemeal versus tackling the whole task 

–        Practice versus Performance

–        Are all skills learnable?

Some advice on this subject includes:

–       Instruction + practice beats practice alone

–       Start simply with lots of examples

–       Background reading is useful but it’s not better than doing

–       Alternate between the whole task and breaking it down

It’s a detailed article but a super starting point for anyone working at complex tasks or learning a subject or skill. 

4 mins

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The Psychology Behind Meeting Overload


Despite what appears to be an overwhelming consensus that bad meetings are typically wasteful and unproductive, many companies continue to struggle to avoid them.

The authors examine the psychological traps that lead us to schedule and attend too many meetings, as well as ways for helping individuals, supervisors, and organisations overcome those obstacles.

While there’s no way to totally eradicate the basic human biases that underpin these tendencies, a better understanding of the psychological variables at play can help us all work toward healthier communication norms, more productive interactions, and more organised calendars.

4 mins

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