The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 2nd October 2020.

October 6


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 onThe 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
‘Serving vs. Served: The great paradox of life is self-sacrificial service. More I give, with no expectation of reciprocity, the better life goes for others and me. Counterintuitive and countercultural.
Brent Beshore
Book & Video Recommendations
Robin Hanson is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Kevin Simler is a Writer and Software Engineer. The book explores self-deception and hidden motives in human behaviour.
Then, once everything is clearly visible, we can work to better understand ourselves: Why do we laugh? Why do we brag about travel? Why do we prefer to speak rather than listen? It is an accessible introduction to an often misunderstood area of motivation, and is written in a refreshingly straightforward manner.
The publisher’s website describes the aim of the book as ‘to track down the darker, unexamined corners of our psyches and blast them with floodlights’. The main proposition of the book is that we are very often not aware of our real reasons for most of our behaviours. Our behaviours are optimised for living in a social group and very often, from the point of view of natural selection, it is useful if we are not consciously aware of our real motivations.
The book is split into two sections. The first, entitled ‘Why We Hide Our Motives’ includes an introduction to the subjects of animal behaviour, signalling, social norms and self-deception. In the second section, title ‘Hidden Motives in Everyday Life’ each chapter covers an aspect of human behaviour and describes how it can be explained through the framework of signalling and self-deception outlined in the first section. The chapters in this section cover body language, laughter, conversation, consumption, art, charity, education, medicine, religion and politics.
You won’t see yourself – or the world – the same after confronting the elephant in the brain.
Ray Dalio is a renowned fund manager and Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates. He published the best-selling book, Principles, in 2017, which shares the insights that Ray Dalio has gained from his experience as one of the most successful businessmen on the planet. His advice shows us how solid-core principles can make decision-making an easy process, no matter what situation you’re in. With life being complicated enough as it is, these principles will keep you from second-guessing and provide you with the tools needed to be both highly analytical and highly successful.
He later went on to summarise the lessons, from the book, on social media – this 30 minute video is an excellent summary of the book and introduction to its many lessons.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
More organisations have felt the need to have more than one CEO in recent years, to share the workload and responsibility of leading an organisation. Co-CEO’s of The Harris Poll , John Gerzema and Will Johnson, are no strangers to this concept, having successfully co-led together for the past three years. Netflix are another such organisation who have announced they’re following this leadership style recently, with the elevation of Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos to co-CEO, where he will share the title with founder Reed Hastings.
John and Will talk us through the four basic rules to position co-CEOs for success in the following article for Harvard Business Review, which include picking the right partner, setting expectations, defining roles and responsibilities and distributing authority but not responsibility.
They mention various studies which show that this model of co-leadership is both efficient and effective. It lowers stress levels for those in critical positions within the business and promotes a more fluid hierarchy. Could this be the way forward for business leadership models? 3 minute read.
The original method used for goal setting has to be ”SMART”. The classic acronym: Spe­cif­ic, Mea­sur­able, Achiev­able, Real­is­tic, Time-bound, has been used time and time again by individuals both in their personal and professional lives and is a regular feature in courses of study. However, maybe it’s time for a rethink?
Clear Review analyses another method which could be used to achieve high-quality goals. ”The 5As Test” basically requires goals to be Assessable, Aspirational, Aligned, Accountable and Agile. They recommend this for progressive organisations as a plan which can be used by both employees and management to devise realistic development plans for staff.
With such a focus on goal setting, personal development and self-improvement in recent times, this is a must read for anyone looking for a new way to manage their performance. 3 minute read.
Great article with a deep look at team building, span of control and team composition but its primary focus is around developing leaders from your team. It gives great insight about the impact of each person you add to your team and why it is harder than the one before.
The article also reveals the challenges as well as the opportunities we have in bringing out the best in others and ourselves. In addition, as your team grows “communication, delegation, and other issues build up, it then becomes easy to have soft skills slip”. The breaking point, the article concluded in 10 direct reports and when you have too many direct reports, developing leaders who can take some of that responsibility from you and manage their own team is key. Some advice in developing leaders from within include:
1) Let go of your fears and desire for direct control.
2) Look for the leaders already on your team.
3) Sell them on the opportunity and set them up for success.
4) Coach and develop them. 8 minute read.
My guest this week is John Doran – Teacher, Guidance Counsellor and Author of the acclaimed book ‘Ways to Well-Being’ which is being taught in over 140 schools in Ireland and Europe. It focuses on teaching young people how to manage their emotions, change, relationships – everything to ensure they thrive no matter the challenge. He is also a Founding Chairman of the Network of School Planners and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Ireland and a prolific public speaker on the topics of well-being, resilience, stress management and maximising performance, both nationally and internationally.
John is passionate about the transformative power of education to disrupt lives for the better and is dedicated to helping young people do everything they can with all that they have in the time that they’re given. In a world where our attention and our time are scarce, we are delighted to have John on the podcast to talk about his experiences and research into performing in what is an increasingly busy and complex world.
During the podcast, John gives his insights into the real meaning of well-being, well-being in the workplace, schools etc. We discuss mindfulness, happiness, young people’s wellness and John’s thoughts on the education system. Here are some audio-highlights from the conversation:
1: The need to be more WEIRD – John talks about cultivating relentless curiosity, initiative and awareness in young people when it comes to their potential, talents and strengths through Wisdom, Empathy, Initiative, Responsibility, Development.
2: Emotional Intelligence – John explains the three components of emotional intelligence and how you can learn it, along with how to have empathy in the world of work.
3: Happiness – John challenges the traditional ideas we have about success and puts it to us that true happiness comes from “knowing that I’ve done the best with the ability that I have.”
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Some Other Editions of The Podcast
Episode 29 Ade McCormack is a former technologist who today is focused on helping individuals, organisations and societies thrive in the digital age. He has written a number of books on digital age matters and has lectured at MIT Sloan School of Management on digital leadership. Ade similarly had columns in the Financial Times and CIO magazine on this theme. He has worked in about 40 countries with many of the world’s most recognisable brands. He also works with the University of Cambridge in respect of executive education.
Episode 25 Joey Boland is a former Dublin hurler and founder of Sports Physio Ireland, which provides physio care for the Dublin hurlers, as well as various club teams in the capital. In this episode, we talk all about how he is training the current generation of athletes through the Coronavirus pandemic.
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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