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Hitting the target: Leadership Lessons from Team GB

The 2016 Paralympic Games provided a beautiful follow-on from Team GB’s Olympic success earlier in the summer. Performance1 is proud to have played a role – William is the sport psychologist with the Para-Rowing team, and Jonathan was in in Rio with the Paralympic Inspiration Programme, helping the next generation of athletes and coaches prepare…

Resilience – the key to dealing with failure

As Michael Jordan famously said: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” The key is to develop ‘tempered…

Increasing our power

Overcoming our barriers to power

Our Difficult Conversations newsletter really struck a chord. So I want to build on this by addressing the underlying dynamic, which is power. How can I be powerful? How can I have impact? These are questions that dog us from the cradle to the grave, with a good deal of family and organisational life in…

Onto the podium

Jonathan Males explores the difference that a 1% improvement in performance can make for top athletes. London welcomed over 10,500 athletes for the 2012 Olympics.  They competed for some 307 gold medals awarded for 39 disciplines in 26 different sports. Allowing for team events such as hockey and rowing, this means that only about 4%…

What’s the difference between making money and being a leader?

Jonathan Males explains why sustainable leadership means taking a much broader view. For some businesses, leadership doesn’t matter. Instead, people concentrate on simply making money. That’s fine. It makes perfect sense. But it’s not the way to create a business that’s healthy and robust and has strong potential for the future. Let me put it…

Leadership, management & running things properly

Alistair Mant weighs into the hoary old leadership vs management debate, suggesting that the L-word (leadership) has been corrupted by current usage, and that the only term that makes any sense is “managerial leadership” – because management and leadership are invariably and inevitably opposite sides of the same coin. The abuse of language We have become obsessed by…

Grace under fire – building resilience

Karen Ellis offers some practical advice on becoming resilient in the modern workplace. Resilience’ has become a trendy term of late. Management literature now sets out personal resilience as an important leadership attribute as well as a factor in organisational success. But what does it really mean? Since the mid-nineteenth century, people have linked the…

Practice makes perfect…or just do it?

Jonathan Males compares and contrasts the worlds of business and sport, and sets out the lessons for managers from athletes. One of the big justifications for hosting the 2012 Olympics is that success on the sports field motivates and inspires the whole nation, and that Olympians are valuable role models. In the words of UK…

Managing nerves to deliver the goods

Do you get nervous before delivering an important presentation or when pitching for new business? William Winstone outlines several ways to keep those nerves at bay before the big day. In the world of sport psychology, some athletes are more prone to performance anxiety and nerves than others. And while in pure performance terms it…

Actions speak louder than words: action learning

Brian Chandler believes that when it comes to learning, actions speak louder than words. Legend has the father of action learning, Reg Revans, sitting in the HQ of the newly nationalised coal industry. In the brave new world that was 1946, people were enthusiastic about modernising what had previously been a collection of individually owned…