The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 26th March

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The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance

Welcome to this week’s The 1% Extra Newsletter. This week I included some clips from our latest episode of The 1% Podcast with Patrick McKeown as well as why ”Moore’s Law for Everything” should be on your reading list.
I’ve shared some interesting articles that got me thinking likePerspective Taking: A Brain Hack That Can Help You Make Better Decisions” and a video of Lisa Feldman Barrett, one of the most-cited scientists in the world.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Shay
Quote Worth Thinking About
”If I organize my life in such a way that I get lots of long, consecutive, uninterrupted time-chunks, I can write novels. But as those chunks get separated and fragmented, my productivity as a novelist drops spectacularly.
What replaces it? Instead of a novel that will be around for a long time, and that will, with luck, be read by many people, there is a bunch of e-mail messages that I have sent out to individual persons, and a few speeches given at various conferences.” 
– Neal Stephenson
Book & Video Recommendations
First off this isn’t as much a book as a blog or mini booklet but it’s available in full in the link and worth a read.
Sam Altman portrays a future in which the AI movement has resulted in vast social wealth. He then suggests the creation of an “American Equity Fund” to equally allocate some of the coming wealth and allow everyone to benefit from it.
“AI is going to change a lot of things. The world is going to get phenomenally wealthy. I wrote about what I think will happen, and an idea for how we could change our economic system in light of it. Imagine a world where, for decades, everything – housing, education, food, clothing, etc. – became half as expensive every two years.”
Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is among the top one per cent most cited scientists in the world for her revolutionary research in psychology and neuroscience.
In this slightly longer than usual (from the Extra) video, Barrett explains how our emotions and brain operate. Barrett is known for debunking some popular psychological and scientific facts and she does it again here in a video based on her best-selling book, How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, including “No one detects emotions in anyone else” and “As scientist, I have to tell you emotions are not what they think they are”.
A fascinating and well-made video and worth the 40 minutes to answer some question like:
Why do emotions feel automatic and uncontrollable?
How does emotion affect disease?
How can you make your children more emotionally intelligent?
As Malcolm Gladwell said about the book “It took a subject I thought I understood and turned my understanding upside down.”
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
Neuroscience suggests that one approach to take to problem-solving is to take on the perspective of others. This is a crucial life skill, which may enable us to get out of tricky situations.
With this in mind, it makes sense that perspective-taking is a practice that is increasingly being promoted within organisations. Businesses are continuously introducing initiatives and strategies which seek to integrate this into working life. Studies have shown that this improves inclusion, cross-collaboration and risk management.
This article includes exercises which one can undertake to improve the art of taking on someone else’s perspective, and how to put it all together to enhance one’s leadership skills. A must-read for individuals to improve both their personal and professional lives alike.
4 minute read
This article looks at why blending both introvert and extrovert skills is indispensable in the workplace and also how to achieve this powerful blend. People who have characteristics of both introversion and extroversion will do better in many job situations including traditional extrovert jobs like sales, according to research.
Adopting your personality to become an ambivert is not that hard, the article argues, especially as most people are on a sliding scale of extroversion anyway.
The approach is “more about adaptive leadership style” than a personality overhaul, and gently pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, says Alisa Cohn, a start-up and CEO coach based in New York City. Overall “the most successful leaders are the ones who can recognise a situation and adapt their style as necessary.”
Great read for many interested in leadership, personality traits or communication.
3 minute read
A well researched article on arguing that it’s time to take a fresh look at the transformational power of managers. This transformation includes employees being more engaged, and up to 45% more productive in certain instances. It also goes on to discuss manager burn-out and the priorities for managers going forward which include:
• Well-being
• Belonging
• Remote and hybrid teams
• Learning and growth
In addition, it lists some of the ways organisations can support managers and what motivates managers including:
• Doing challenging work
• Feeling trusted
• Building positive relationships with colleagues
• Organisational growth mindset
3 minute read
Patrick McKeown is a world-renowned expert in breathing with nearly 20 years clinical experience. He has written eight books, three of which were bestsellers. Patrick has also been published in numerous publications and journals.
He studied at Trinity College Dublin and went on to study breathing with renowned Dr Konstantin Buteyko in his Moscow clinic. He became a practitioner and proponent of the Buteyko Method, which uses nasal breathing, breath control and breath holding as a treatment for health conditions. Patrick founded the Buteyko Clinic International based in his hometown Galway.
His work helps use simple breathing exercises to improve the quality of life for people who suffer from asthma, sleep disorders, high blood pressure and just anyone interested in improving their overall health and wellbeing.
His latest book, ‘The Breathing Cure’, has been called “the definitive book on breathing”. It contains simple home practice exercises for adults and children, research-backed methodologies that help you to use breathing to improve your quality of life.
Join us as we unpack the science and health behinds quality breathing, entering the flow state and the breathing exercises and tests you can practise today.
This podcast includes the following extracts:
1: Breathing and the Ovulation Cycle: Patrick talks about the impact the ovulation cycle has on a female’s breathing patterns.
2: Breathing and Performance: Patrick talks about how we may miscalculate someone’s ability, child or adult, if we don’t take into account their breathing and sleeping patterns.
3: Breathing and Stress: Advice to people who want to enter a greater flow state and overcome heightened anxiety.
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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