The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 5th November 2020…

November 6


The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance.

Welcome to this week’s The 1% Extra Newsletter. This week I included some clips from my interview with psychotherapist Trish Murphy on personal and professional relationships and how to get the most out of yours, as well as why ”Leadership in Turbulent Times: Lessons from the Presidents should be on your reading list.
I’ve shared some interesting articles that got me thinking like ”Anyone Can Learn to Be a Better Leader”, and a video of Dublin city in the depths of lockdown which demonstrated the effect the pandemic has had.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
 ”When you are doing something you love, discipline comes naturally.”
Rhett Power
Book & Video Recommendations
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a biographer, historian and political commentator. She worked for Lyndon Johnson in the White House and assisted him on his memoirs. She also wrote the bestseller ”Team of Rivals” which was the basis for the Spielberg film Lincoln.
Recommended here is her newest book, ”Leadership in Turbulent Times” and it examines the four presidents she has studied most closely – Lincoln, Roosevelt, FDR and LBJ. It’s a wonderful insight into the USA over the years and the US Presidency, what it meant and what it still means.
The book is partly about what makes a great President and is part history and part a lesson in leadership but it reads like a thriller and it’s unputdownable – it all adds up a great story that is wonderfully told with great insights.
Some of you may have seen this during the week, it is a short video by Academy award-winning director Neil Jordan. In the video he takes extraordinary footage shot by videographer Alex Sapienza, from the depths of Dublin’s lockdown and made from it a portrait of a paralysed city.
Jordan says: “A city without citizens. There’s a beauty in the emptiness, and the dislocated sense of a nightmare, all of which makes Beckett’s words strangely appropriate”.
Actor Stephen Rea performs an extract from Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett as the wonderfully chilling narration to the images. Anything involving Neil Jordon and Stephen Rea is worth a watch and this is no different. 5 minute watch
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
Many of us like the idea of trying to start or form a new habit, however, when an obstacle gets in our way we often give up and fail. However, many of us miss out on the chance to redeem ourselves and give ourselves a fresh start. Author Leo Babauta takes the opportunity to remind us of this in this short piece which is both positive and uplifting.
He described how a fresh start can be magical and gives us the power to:
  • let go of the past and be present
  • learn something new from a mistake or failure
  • reinvent ourselves
  • recommit ourselves
  • and see a project through new eyes
With a lot of us trying to get into a positive routine over lockdown, I think this article is the perfect reminder that as the saying goes, ”if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” 1 minute read.
How many times do we wonder what good leadership is about and how to attain it. Maybe we over think it. People often ask are leaders are born or made?
Personally I think It’s a mixture. I think you are born with certain qualities of intelligence, memory and maybe even empathy. The way you look at the world comes into it but on the whole, I would say leaders are mostly made.
In this article by Harvard Business Review, Monique Valcour asks the question ”if anyone can learn to be a better leader?” To lead she says you ‘must be able to connect, motivate, and inspire a sense of ownership of shared objectives.’ While tools and hacks can be useful, none of them take the place of ‘fearless introspection, feedback seeking, and committed efforts to behavioral change’.
She suggests a number of steps including
• Share your experience.
• Ask the right questions.
• Put yourself in their shoes.
• Acknowledge achievements.
It’s a practical, how-to article with lots of useful tips for those who also think that leadership is mostly developed. 4 minute read
I found this article to be a quite a thoughtful exploration of creativity and how we humans tend to lose our creativity as we mature from children into adults.
Quoting Sir Ken Livingston’s statement ‘We are educating people out of their creativity,’ Edel talks about the education system, Einstein and describes some fascinating research by NASA who did their creativity test that they used to find great potential innovators on the same group of children multiple times from ages 3 to 15 with shocking results!
Applicable to parenting, personal growth or workplace leadership I found this to be a worthwhile and thought-provoking read on the importance of creativity as a trait and how we can nurture it, or at least harm it less. 5 minute read.
My guest today is Trish Murphy. Trish is a qualified and accredited psychotherapist, trainer, and offers counselling and therapy in couples counselling, sexual intimacy and individual psychotherapy.
Trish has appeared as a commentator on Prime Time, The Afternoon Show, Frontline, Live at 3, and teenage programmes on RTE. She is also a regular contributor to the print media in national newspapers, including a weekly column in The Irish Times. She is also the author of two books ‘#Love: 21st Century Relationships’ and ‘The Challenge of Retirement’.
During our conversation, we explore the role of psychotherapy, relationships during lockdown, the role of sexual intimacy, approaching retirement, and relationships for teenagers.
Some excerpts / take-aways:
1: Setting High Expectations from your Partner – Trish talks about setting high expectations for your partner within relationships
2:  Online Dating and Being Honest – Trish talks about online dating and the importance of being honest.
3: Reasons People Cheat – Trish delves into the reasons people are unfaithful in relationships.
To read a detailed summary of the discussion or to listen to the full episode and subscribe to The 1% Podcast click here.
Some Other Editions of The Podcast
Episode 24 Motty Varghese is a Registered Sleep Technologist and has completed a Mini fellowship in Behavioral Sleep Medicine from Perelman School of Medicine under University of Pennsylvania. We discuss why we sleep, the importance of sleep as an aspect of overall well-being, the recent impact of COVID-19 on sleeping patterns, the relationship between sleep and learning and performance, the purpose of dreaming, sleep and nutrition and much, much more.
Episode 21 Jamil Qureshi is one of the foremost practitioners of performance psychology and an expert in high performance. As the co-founder of several change agencies – We Do Things Differently, Loudhouse and JQED – Jamil has worked with a rich diversity of the most talented business and sportspeople and teams in the world.
Episode 20 Robbie Cannon is a qualified strength and conditioning coach, is probably best known for his performance work with golf Open Champion Shane Lowry. In this conversation, we talk 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

Managing Director 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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