The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 5th March 2021

April 9


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 Pat Byrne as well as why ”The 4 C’s Formula” should be on your reading list.
I’ve shared some interesting articles that got me thinking likeLocking In Brain-Healthy Habits” and a video of Simon Sinek’s Top Leadership and Psychology Skills.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
”It is one thing to think gold has some marvellous store of value because man has no way of inventing more gold or getting it very easily, so it has the advantage of rarity.
Believe me, man is capable of somehow creating more bitcoin. They tell you there are rules and they can’t do it. Don’t believe them.”
– Charlie Munger
Book & Video Recommendations
Dan Sullivan is a renowned strategic coach, speaker and influencer for over 40 years. He has compiled some of his thinking into a free eBook that focusses on the building blocks of growth that are commitment, courage, capability and confidence.
He uses his deep knowledge of working with entrepreneurs to frame the process and it can be used by anyone to achieve growth and development.
A short summary of Simon Sinek Leadership Tips. Most people have heard of Simon Sinek as he is one of the most listened to commentaries of leadership and followership and how that dynamic works best. This is a short video by Productivity Ace of Simons top leadership traits.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
This is an interesting Guardian Newspaper article on the dark side of personality tests. Personality tests have become part of the selection process and learning & development process for many companies.
The article highlights a new HBO documentary by Tim Travers Hawkins which is influenced by the 2018 book The Personality Brokers by the Oxford University professor Merve Emre that examines the origins of the favoured Myers Briggs test.
The book highlights the weak origins of the test, developed by non-psychologists and with a weak correlation to job performance. The authors claim that “embedded within it are false and dangerous ideas about race, gender, and class that drive bias and discrimination.”
The book seemingly has forced some Myers Briggs providers in the US to stop selling the test for job hiring, which was news to me and overall the book and documentary propose that users of personality tests approach them with a more critical eye. Like a lot of research, the article raises more questions than it answers, such as decades after the origination of the tests they have been fact-checked by psychologists and with constant feedback the kinks may have been ironed out. But the article is a good starting point, and I am going to try to get to watch the documentary. 3 minute read
Resilience is that ability to weather the storm and bounce back from adversity. It is one of the most desired personality traits and skills that we see in the jobs description. This article explores the results of a 25 country, 26,000 participant survey by the ADP Research Institute studying resilience and engagement.
Some of what came out of it are basics that we all know however some of the stats were surprising. Employees who trust their leader were 14 times more likely to be fully engaged, the most engaged employees were working from home 4 days per week, and most surprisingly – some of the people we rely on to support us the most – nurses and teachers – were found to be the least resilient themselves.
To read more about these topics, the death of the Honeymoon Effect of new jobs, relationships and the effect of the employer’s management of change on employee resilience click below.
11 minute read
We are all familiar with the concept of New Year’s resolutions. Every year, many of us commit to doing something new, whether that be giving something up or taking something up, and start the year with a renewed sense of positivity. However, as this article outlines, that is often soon forgotten as we move through the months and the various stressors they may bring with them.
What would in fact be more effective, is if we were to instead focus on making healthy and positive lifestyle changes. It mentions a study which found that a habit takes 66 days to lock in. The participants were followed for three months, and it proved that their habits became consistent behaviours only after a period of around 12 weeks. That is why initiatives such as ”Dry Jan” and ”Veganuary” don’t usually result in long-lasting behavioural changes.
The article gives some real and practical advice on how to improve in habit forming and making more positive choices. Keeping track and holding yourself accountable is one such advice. As is digging deep and understanding your baseline reasons for wanting to make this change in behaviour. I found the piece really interesting and great for anyone interested in literature such as James Clear’s ”Atomic Habits”.
4 minute read
Pat Byrne has pioneered sleep and fatigue programs for athletes, sports teams and workplaces. He is the co-author of ‘Inconvenient Sleep: Why Teams Win and Lose’, where he uses his expertise to outline the impact of sleep on performance using history of sleep science and decades of research in the area. The book explores the facts and myths behind sleep, sleep science, and sleep monitoring.
He has over 30 years of experience in risk management, performance optimisation and health and safety. The sporting Organisations Pat has worked with include the National Olympic Committee, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, Australian Football League and the National Hockey League.
Tune in as we explore the evolution of sleep science, how to improve sleep quality and how understanding your body’s natural rhythm can help you to improve your own performance, whether personal, business or athletic.
This podcast includes the following extracts:
1: Sleep and Performance: Pat explains the science behind correlating sleep and performance.
2: Sleep Supplements: Shay asks Pat his thoughts on sleep supplements such as melatonin and magnesium.
3: Napping and Fragmented Sleep – Pat discusses the up and down-sides of daytime napping, who can benefit, and what to avoid.
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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