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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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Quote Worth Reflecting On
“What work would you do for free? What impact do you want to make on others? By starting there, you can begin to get a sense of where you should focus your limited time and energy.”
Robert Glazer
Video & Book Recommendations
What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of the 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life. 12-minute video.
Chuck Feeney : The Billionaire Who Wasn’t | Conor O’Cleary
Many in Ireland are familiar with Chuck Feeney despite his low profile. Chuck Feeney today is a man of no property. He and his wife Helga live in a modest rented apartment in San Francisco.
This extraordinary philanthropist has been quietly giving away his fortune for years. No one knows how many people he’s helped, but they number in the thousands or even millions. As he says himself “it’s the intelligent thing to be frugal”. It’s a great insight into one of the greatest influencers of the past 50 years.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
5 Components of Emotional Intelligence | Kendra Cherry / Very Well Mind
Emotional intelligence involves the ability to understand and manage emotions. Experts agree that this type of intelligence plays an important role in success, and some have suggested that emotional intelligence, or EQ, might even be more important than IQ. In any case, research has suggested that emotional intelligence is linked to everything from decision-making to academic achievement. 5 minute read.
How to Read Self-Help Books | TJCX
A much-needed, well-balanced look at the self-help category. This article covers which types of self-help are worth reading and how to get the most from them. Last year Tim Ferris, an avid reader and writer, announced that he was stopping reading new books and only reading books that have stood the test of time – is that the approach we should take with self-help books too. 5 minute read.
Straightforward vs. Complicated People | The School of Life
What makes straightforward people gratifying to be around and if we are complicated how can we untangle ourselves by noticing and growing curious about the origins of our habitual evasiveness. An interesting article looking at how our interactions and communications are affected by these two personality traits or habits. 5 minute read.
Takeaways – The 1% Podcast – James Kerr – Author of Legacy: What the All Blacks can Teach us about the Business of Life
In 2010 James became one of the only ever people to be allowed inside the camp of the New Zealand All Blacks, the most successful sporting team in history. What he learned from this experience he translated into 15 lessons that can be translated into any high-performance team be it sport, military, or business for success.
James Kerr’s book has been described as ‘seminal’ by the Independent newspaper and ‘unputdownable’ by Bloomberg. The Daily Telegraph newspaper called it the ‘modern version of Vince Lombardi’s guides to coaching’ and says ‘for those searching for genuine keys to team culture, it is manna from heaven.’ It’s still one of the most popular 1% Podcasts.
+ “It’s the people, it’s the people, it’s the people.”
Quoting from the Maori proverb “What is the most important thing in the world? It’s the people, it’s the people, it’s the people” James learned from studying the All-Blacks that whilst we spend a lot of time talking about processes and culture and leadership it’s the actual people within the team that make the team.
+ Leading Remote Workers
Whilst nobody in June 2018 could have possibly imagined that during the Covid-19 Pandemic so many of us would be working from home so suddenly and simultaneously, James talks about how leaders in atomized organisations need to be powerful storytellers in order to get the message of belonging across to their employees. This, he says, is essential to maintain the culture, buy-in, and retention of your best workers.
+ Focus, discipline, integrity, success
The All Blacks have an incredible legacy of discipline with very few players having ever been sent off during a game. James puts this down to keeping the focus on the wider goal of winning the game rather than the instant goal of winning the ball in a way that may result in your sending off. He draws the parallel with the business world where he advocates acting with integrity at all times, pointing out that if you cut corners you’ll eventually get the red card!
+ “You can’t copy the All Blacks’ culture.”
The All Blacks worked hard to define and create their culture by means of inclusive discussion. James points out that any organisation looking to create a strong culture needs to do two things – ask people questions about the sort of culture and environment that would help them thrive and then take some accountability for making that happen.
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The Most Recent Three 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 29: Thought leader Ade McCormack on boosting personal and organisational performance in the digital age.
Episode 28: Kingsley Aikins speaks engagingly about networking philanthropy, diaspora, and Ireland’s place in the world.

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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