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Quote Worth Reflecting On
“The biggest generator of long-term results is learning to do things when you don’t feel like doing them. If you let excuses or emotion drive behaviour, you’re cheating yourself.
Put aside the excuses and start doing what you need to do.”
Shane Parrish
Video & Book Recommendations
 5 Ways to Create Stronger Connections | Robert Reffkin
Robert Reffkin is an entrepreneur and social commentator. After studying Columbia University, Reffkin worked at McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, and as a Fellow in the White House before returning to Columbia for his MBA. He ran 50 marathons in 50 states to raise $1 million dollars for charities — including for New York Needs You, the non-profit he founded to serve young people living below the poverty line who are the first in their families to go to college.  In this short talk, Robert highlights that technology has made it easier to communicate but it hasn’t made it easier to connect with other human beings. He advocates some old-fashioned tips to aid connection in a fast-paced world including: 
  • Write a letter 
  • Pick up the phone and dial 
  • Ask interesting and meaningful questions …
The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work | Teresa Amabile & Steve Kramer
Described as a masterpiece every manager should own, the book focuses on something the authors call the inner work life effect: “people do better work when they are happy, have positive views of the organisation and its people, and are motivated primarily by the work itself.” They go so far as to claim their research shows “as inner work life goes, so goes the company.” That’s a bold claim that is only supported by the data in their one study; but this idea has been highlighted in a number of related research on employee attitudes, performance, and motivation. These studies show that how happy workers feel; how motivated they are by an intrinsic interest in the work; how positively they view their organisation, their management, their team, their work, and themselves—all these combine either to push them to higher levels of achievement or to drag them down.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
A Lot Will Change—So Must Leadership | Boston Consulting Group
Becoming a bionic company, one that unleashes the full potential of people and technology, was already becoming an imperative. The COVID-19 pandemic seems only to have accelerated the need for this transformation. In order to survive, thrive, and compete successfully, the article suggests that companies now have only two years (or less) to get to where they might otherwise have hoped to be in five, and details steps to get there, while bringing people along on the journey 6 minute read.
The Work You Do, the Person You Are | Toni Morrison
It’s a year this month since the great Toni Morrison passed away. Morrison was the only African American writer and one of the few women to have received the Nobel prize for literature. This week, I came across this article she wrote about the work we do and lessons from her father. Strong points which are timeless and as you would expect well composed. Some takeaways include:
1. Whatever the work is, do it well – not for the boss but for yourself.
2. You make the job; it doesn’t make you.
3. Your real life is with us, your family.
4. You are not the work you do; you are the person you are.  4 minute read.
‘Productivity Guilt’ Is Very Real Right Now—Here’s
How to Avoid It | Well & Good
When you’re socialised in a society that glorifies being busy, even in lockdown, it can hit you like a freight train: productivity guilt. We hear frequently that in the past 6 months during lock-down and WFH people have found it hard to separate work from downtime and this has led to productivity guilt in places. Interesting article that looks at the issue and how to deal with it. Some takeaways from the article include:
·    Outline your expectations for the day
·    Keep track of what you achieve within a given day
·    Get clear on when things must be done
·    Look out for the repercussions 4 minute read.
Takeaways – The 1% Podcast – Dr Roger McMorrow Reflects on Climbing Mount Everest
On the 24th May 2007, at 8 am, in minus 40°C, Dr. Roger McMorrow reached the summit of Mount Everest the world’s highest mountain from the Southside.
In this episode we find out what it’s like to stand on top of the world, the difficulty in getting back down, find out what is the ‘death zone’, the very real possibility of dying, controlling fear, the psychology of mountain climbing, bodies on the path, how to cross a 50 meter-deep crevasse, setting up the world’s highest medical laboratory on Everest’s South Col, rescuing a young Nepalese woman on the mountain, how long it takes to climb Everest, Sherpas, the Himalayas, Nepal, attitude to risk and much, much more.
+ “I just looked at Everest and I thought there is no possibility that I’m getting up there”
The team’s expedition involved spending three months away from their families including Dr McMorrow’s own 3-week-old baby. He describes the mental challenge during his first night at Base Camp where it was minus 25°C, knowing the level of endurance required ahead with the temperature dropping 0.8°C at every 100 metres ascent, taking all possible measures to minimise risk, and mentally rationalising embarking on the climb.
+ “By virtue of being born we all have this ability within us to tolerate low oxygen levels”
Dr McMorrow gives a fascinating explanation about how in the womb the foetus must survive on very low oxygen levels taken from the mother’s blood – levels much lower than atmospheric oxygen. He attributes the Caldwell Xtreme Everest Group’s ability to acclimatise in 6-8 weeks to oxygen levels at one-third of the level that most patients in intensive care will die from, and most anaesthetists would deem incompatible with human life, to the body’s ability to switch to low oxygen optimised mitochondria and survive.
+ The Sherpas: “They are the Premier League football stars of Nepal”
In Nepal, to be an Everest Sherpa is a highly prestigious job that comes with huge levels of respect. It’s also one of the riskiest jobs in Nepal as was demonstrated in 2014 when the Khumbu Icefall killed 16 Sherpas. The risk Sherpas take is reflected in their earnings which per expedition can be a hundred times the average Nepalese annual wage. Whilst many Sherpas now educate their children abroad in the hopes of having them join medical or legal professions, Dr McMorrow believes that the kudos and earnings of being a Sherpa ensure that the culture and supply of Sherpas will remain.
+ Summit Day: “You’re just breathing, it’s everything.”
Beginning the Summit climb at 9 pm so they could go as far as possible in the pitch dark and subsequently have sunlight to deal with any problems, Dr McMorrow describes the incredible volume of air the body needs to move at that altitude: 8-10 breaths per step and 140 litres of air per minute compared to 2-3 litres when at rest at sea-level. Psychologically overcoming the fear of cerebral edema and general hypoxia involved not just heavy-duty climbing equipment but also huge levels of mental focus and fortitude.
Listen to full episode Here
Some Other Editions of The Podcast
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 13 Nutritionist Daniel Davey practices what he preaches, and in his line of work, it’s the key ingredient for success in managing the diets of two of the country’s leading sports teams: Leinster Rugby and the Dublin senior footballers. He is a senior performance nutritionist and the one ultimately responsible for fueling the performance of some of Ireland’s leading athletes.
Episode 05 David Gillick is one of Ireland’s greatest ever 400m runner, having distinguished himself admirably in his chosen field. He finished sixth in the world in 2009 and won the European Indoor Championships in 2005 and 2007. Along the way, he beat some of the best athletes in the world and realised a lifetime ambition by competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

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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