The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance.

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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Shay
Quote Of The Week
‘Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.’
Annette Funicello
Video & Book Recommendations
Since 1979, Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. He is known around the world as both a guest conductor and a speaker on leadership — and he’s been known to do both in a single performance. He uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues. He has been described as “Arguably the most accessible communicator about classical music since Leonard Bernstein, Zander moves audiences with his unbridled passion and enthusiasm.” It still is my favourite Ted Talk.

20-minute video.

“Less” | Andrew Sean Greer
A possible staycation read? Although Greer doesn’t shy away from concepts like loneliness and sadness, he has also succeeded in writing possibly one of the funniest novels of the decade. “Less” is about aging, about relationships, about writing and traveling, and figuring things out even after you probably already should know them, and it’s a great laugh.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
How to Better Use What You Read in Books | Todd Brison
Knowledge is possibly the most valuable pillar of improvement. Books are special because you get entire decades of lessons from the author wrapped in a 300-page package. Good article on reading and applying the knowledge and turning that stack of unread pages on your bookshelf into actual value in your day to day life.
6 minute read.
11 Habits of Successful People on a Day Off | Kate Mitchell
We all know what is good, what we need to do in order to be successful. We study time management and learn how to prioritize the workweek. But what about the weekend or a long weekend? As Aristotle said: “We are the result of our habits, and perfection is not one action, but a habit.”

5 minute read.

Lessons Learned from Working with Jeff Bezos | Dan Rose
Not quite an article but an interesting tweet-storm by an early member of the amazon kindle team who shares lessons learned from working with Jeff Bezos like learn and adapt / Cannibalise yourself / and just because something ain’t broke, doesn’t mean you can’t make it better. Great read
6 minute read.
Season 5 Takeaways – The 1% Podcast
We created the 1% Podcast to bring you insights, advice & experience from some of the world’s leading Performance experts to help you to get that 1% Extra from your own performance – business, personal or sporting. We are delighted to say that the entire Season 5 of the 1% Podcast is now available from all podcast channels, which included in-depth discussions with:
Episode 30 Elite performance coach Enda McNulty on maximising our potential including motivation techniques & growth mind-sets
Episode 29 The effects of digital tech, willpower and cognitive athleticism from digital futurist Ade McCormack
Episode 28 Learnings about the art of networking and the importance of global diaspora with Kingsley Aikins
Episode 27 Bryan Burnstein discussing the unique challenges around establishing a performance science capability at Cirque du Soleil and his current role working with Kitman Labs
Episode 26 Suzanne Dempsey – Deputy CEO and DON at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital on leading during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic
Some takeaways from this series below
“We’ll be with you every step of the way”
Deputy CEO and Director of Nursing from the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Suzanne Dempsey discusses how it was her relationships of trust and integrity that helped her to give comfort to concerned front-line nurses to come to work despite their fears and know that their leadership team was listening to them and implementing every measure possible to protect them throughout the crisis.
The 3 Pillars: Prepare, Perform, Recover
With so many different types of performers to take care of, and so many training and monitoring techniques out there generating a lot of noise, Bryan Burnstein and his Performance Science team at Cirque du Soleil built all training and monitoring plans around the three pillars of Prepare, Perform and Recover in order to maintain performer motivation and to create progression.
Just the right amount of challenge
Elite performance coach Enda McNulty describes his philosophy of getting out of our comfort zones but not so far as to sabotage ourselves. Whether in an athletic, personal or business setting, he recommends graphing out your own intended trajectory of challenge, skill and experience and ensuring to get the challenge element at just the right level for each individual and then compounding that with the advice from a really good coach.
“Other people are going to make decisions about you”
CEO of the Networking Institute Kingsley Aikens talks about career progression and how that old-style advice of putting your head down and working hard doesn’t apply anymore. He discusses the vital need to have advisors, mentors, and sponsors in our careers and the increasing importance of exposure in the workplace as your career progresses versus skillset or basic image.

About the Author

Shay Dalton

Shay Dalton

Managing Director

sdalton@lincoln.ie+353 16498583

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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