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The Dark Side of High Performance

Disturbing news from Olympic and Paralympic sport recently, with a few high-profile allegations of bullying in teams where athletes have felt vulnerable and unsupported. We call this the dark side of high performance, the inevitable consequence of pushing all the dials into the red zone, without the ability to fully rest, recover and recharge. Similarly,…

We’ve found a new approach that will complement our work as executive and team coaches, and leverage our impact to improve engagement, leadership and performance right across a business.  It’s called Actionable Conversations TM, and it’s taken off in Australia, Canada and the US. We’re excited to be the first Actionable Consulting Partner in the UK.…

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…

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…

Remote coaching – the key lessons

Over the past year we’ve been working with clients who are based in Africa, South East Asia and the US.  Global companies already rely on virtual communication; so coaching by phone and Skype is readily accepted.  We’ve been pleasantly surprised at how effective remote coaching has been – it’s challenged our own bias for working…

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%…

We’re all coaches now, aren’t we?

William Winstone provides some tips on how to introduce coaching skills into your management style. Like it or not, coaching’s an increasingly important aspect of management. But coaching as a line manager is very different from bringing in an external coach – not least because people won’t be expecting you to sit them down and…

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…

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…