Performance | Jul 1, 2020
Tips on ‘Winning the Lockdown’ from Performance Journal 21; Liverpool’s science, strategy and spirit were second to none; if your hiring process is broken, then design another one.

Hello again one and all. We’re getting there slowly but surely, aren’t we? Best wishes to all of you navigating that return to play, and normality.

By Matthew Stone

We’re here to help if you need us. As always, we also hope that you, your families and your organisations are safe and healthy.

Here is another mix of lessons, stories and insight from across high performance sport and beyond to keep you informed and occupied. I’m always on the lookout for great insights for this Digest, so send me an email (or even a tweet or post) and I’ll look to include them.


7 questions, answered

1. Matt – is it too late to join your Virtual Leaders Meet: Total High Performance event next week?   

Absolutely not. All the info you’ll need below to join us on 8-9 July. Google, Deloitte, San Antonio Spurs, EIS and Philadelphia Eagles all confirmed to speak. Along with our main event partner Keiser, we look forward to seeing you there!

  • Here is the event page.
  • Here is the agenda.
  • Only £95 + VAT to attend if you aren’t a member. Sign up here.
  • If you’re a member, you’ll be granted access to our new virtual platform 48 hours prior to the event. However if you have any questions, you can always email Rory to confirm.

2. Any other high performance content to get our teeth stuck into? 

Absolutely. Edition 21 of the biannual Performance Journal was published last week, and it’s a goldmine for insights, stories and best practice. The regular readers amongst you will see there is no face on the front or specific cover star – that’s because we’ve opted to dedicate the edition to ‘Winning the Lockdown instead. Click here to download, read and enjoy!

3. Do Microsoft updates annoy you? 

Well this one won’t. Here’s the story of how Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, updated the culture of the company by instilling a growth mindset.

4. Do you have a good, robust hiring process?

If the answer is ‘no’ or ‘not sure’, then here’s HBR’s tips on how to design a better one.

5. What makes some people more resilient that others?
Early life experiences and our closest relationships could offer clues. More here from the NY Times.

6. How do you encourage your coaches and practitioners to think differently about data?
The Sport Intelligence team at the English Institute of Sport and UK Sport are striving to do just that. Creating a culture of data exploration across Olympic and Paralympic sports.

7. What’s it like to watch a football match with Eddie Jones?
The Athletic have the answer, as that’s exactly what they did.

We chatted to Eddie too, and he talked a bit about football as well, during Episode 2 of the At Home with Leaders podcast series.

The Digest, Digested

It’s a numbers game

23 new inspiring books…
…from TED speakers.
6 reasons that your…
strategy isn’t working.

5 lessons from…
…Penn Medicine’s crisis response.

4 techniques that’ll make your team…
…more productive and creative.


COVID Corner – because right now, we’re all in this together

The King of the Klopp

This rather smug Liverpool fan couldn’t resist mentioning our first league triumph in 30 years. I’ll save the gloating, and simply point you in the direction of a few of marvellous pieces:

Leaders Linked

Our sports biz ‘Leaders Linked’ has another session tomorrow (Thursday), but this time with a sport performance flavour – a conversation with Les Reed, Technical Director of The FA. Sponsored by our friends at Football Manager. You can register here for free. Hope you can join!

A skulk of Foxes

Nope, I didn’t know what a group of foxes were called either. One to remember for a pub/Zoom quiz. Anyway, Leicester City’s manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken about the leadership group that is helping him implement his ideas.

Poker face

Skill, it turns out, is what you make of luck. That’s according to Maria Konnikova, the best-selling author who has just written the new book ‘The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win’. High recommended.

Epic fail
Ashamed of not achieving something? That’s the completely wrong thing to do. All the learning opportunities are hiding within those ‘failures’.


Diversity and Equality – let’s do something about it.

Mental Health – let’s talk about it.

How Writing About Difficult Experiences Can Help you Take Back your Power.


It’s okay not to be okay with returning to work.


Russell Wilson’s secret to staying focused under pressure

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