The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 9th October 2020

October 12


The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance.

Welcome to this week’s The 1% Extra Newsletter. This week I’ve highlighted the best bits from my interview with John Doran, why Spencer Johnson’s ”Peaks and Valleys” should be on your reading list, and shared some performance articles that got me thinking, like ‘What does it mean to be smart?’, by Seth Godin.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
‘The measure of wealth is freedom.
The measure of health is lightness.
The measure of intellect is judgment.
The measure of wisdom is silence.
The measure of love is peace.’ 
Book & Video Recommendations
This is a short book that can be read in one sitting by Spencer Johnson, the author of the classic, ”Who moved my Cheese”.  Johnson’s calling card has been telling a deceptively simple story that teaches deep lessons and he tries to do the same here. Essentially the message is that we all have peaks and valleys and what you do in valleys determines your peak. To quote from the book “bad things happen to people because of what they do on their peaks and good things happen in people’s lives because of what they do in their valleys”.
The book resonates with me on several levels and you start to look at situations, companies or people who were moulded in tough times and through that went on to greater things. Many of the largest companies around today were formed in the last recession and very often, necessity is mother of invention .
Valleys tend to be hard and quite often we don’t feel like pushing ourselves courageously and creatively, but Johnson’s message is that if we do its worth it.
I had Chelsea FC’s Tim Harkness on The 1% Podcast a few weeks ago and he spoke about communication and how to have great conversations. When researching for the podcast I came across this video.
Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. Entertaining and insightful talk with very practical tips on how to talk and how to listen (hint – all the normal tips like look someone in the eye are debunked). Well worth a watch.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
Sometimes our brain has the effect of distorting the way we think. It’s something which many of us probably don’t give much thought to, but this article brought some surprising ways our brains play tricks on us to the table. This includes hidden biases, our mind taking shortcuts, and our brains playing the ”blame game”.
It also discusses how our brains may be blind to change without us realising and how our memories may not be as sharp as we think. An interesting article for anyone interested in the cognitive function, the activities of the brain and reflecting on our own thought process and personal development. 4 minute read.
Everything Seth Godin publishes tends to be interesting with some learning in it. Whilst this blog post is short it’s well-crafted and the message is clear. Seth focuses on what exactly it means to be smart, and smart people and smart ideas are found in the everyday things around us constantly, if we just opened our eyes to look around.
He also goes on to look at how smart people learn best, revealing their methods and goals, and how they change these methods and goals based on their learnings. Seth’s work is great for continual learning and improvement, and shows us how we can spot the smart in the everyday – whether that be within a colleague, a friend or a boss, or something as general as the people who built the buildings we see around us. 1 minute read.
This straight to the point article is a good study of using a combination of savvy commercial thinking and research-based logic to channel the natural behaviour of your customers. It examines the different ways people are driven to make spending decisions by habit and gives some interesting and practical advice on how to harness the human proclivity towards habit to increase the success of your business.
The main focus here is on “hooks” – trigger, action, reward and investment, and how you can create a better hook than your competitor. Backed with interesting and credible research, Nir examines how companies like Netflix, Candy Crush, Snapchat and Amazon have hacked “The Monopoly of the Mind” with incredible success and gives some straightforward advice on how you can too.
4 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. During this 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 importance of Empathy – John discusses the importance of empathy and why being empathetic in business leads to greater overall success.
2: Is Wellbeing becoming a cliché?  John poses the above question in relation to the topic of wellbeing and analyses how wellbeing fits into the modern working world.
3: Advice on being Present – John gives his advice on how to be more present in day-to-day life and how not to be too hard on yourself if you don’t manage it all of the time.
Listen & Subscribe here – Here
Full Show Notes – Here
Some Other Editions of The Podcast
Episode 32 Tim Harkness Head of Sports Science and Psychology at Chelsea Football Club speaks to us about communication and tips for good conversations, learned from working with elite athletes all over the world .
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 20 Suzanne Dempsey, Deputy CEO and the Director of Nursing at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital speaks with us about leading through the Covid Pandemic.

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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