Performance | Sep 9, 2020
30 new books to help you learn this fall; authenticity is the biggest buzzword of them all; why not being a jerk according to UC Berkeley is a good call.

Hello high performance people. Hopefully you’re making progress, both professionally and personally, back to some sort of new normal. We wish you luck if you are, and we’re here to help if you need us, so please do reach out if we can assist you with anything.

By Matthew Stone

As a big fan football on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s exciting to see the Premier League and NFL seasons upon us this weekend. Best of luck to all our friends at the start of a new campaign!

Here’s another bi-weekly collection of news, insights, stories and tips from across the industry and beyond. Enjoy!

6 questions, answered

1.    Matt – any ways I can learn and connect with my peers through Leaders in the coming weeks? 

Absolutely, that’s the reason our Virtual Roundtables exist. Here are the upcoming topics:

  • What is the future of high performance? (Sept 15)
  • How the recent pandemic will influence the modern athlete (Sept 22)
  • The art of effective change management (Oct 8)
  • Rethinking organisational diversity (Oct 20)

Members can sign up via the My Account page. If you’re not a member but want to access these virtual roundtables and much more, contact my colleague Harry.

2. Want to learn something new this autumn?

Here are 30 book recommendations from Adam Grant to help you do just that.

3. What is the biggest buzzword in leadership at the moment that you’ve heard?

Authenticity. So much is being written about how to be truer and more transparent, and it’s not hard to see why. Here’s how you can be a more authentic leader.

4. How do you build grit?

Go back to basics.

5. Does being a selfish jerk get you ahead?

No. Shock!

6. Can ignorance be a good thing?

According to psychologist Barry Schwartz, apparently so.

The Digest, Digested

It’s a numbers game

7 strategies for…

…leading a crisis-driven reorg.

6 mistakes you should never make…

…when thinking about diversity and inclusion.

10 leadership lessons from…

…Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall.

1 new phone app…

……from the Next Big Idea Club.

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

Patience is a virtue

Leading in a crisis takes patience. Slow down and get ahead, and see your team increase its creativity, productivity and collaboration.

Think big. Go far

Russell Wilson certainly has. That’s why he’s one of the most unique and talented players in the whole of the NFL. Here’s a breakdown of what makes him so special.

Don’t shoot the messenger

Sometimes you have to deliver some less from ideal news to someone. Here’s how to do it and not end up being hated for it.

Pride and prejudice

Prejudice and bias is always going to exist as it’s how we’ve developed over time. It’s what we do with these thoughts and opinions that will help us to succeed.

The Observer Effect

To make change, or get a more accurate view of the world and how it works, first take a step back and observe. The picture, and your opinions, may look a little different than it did before.

Director’s cut

A throwback interview from 1970s, where Director Jean Renoir gives us a simple reminder of how to approach being a good leader – ‘Set goals. Reflect on your failures, and recognize your success.’

Diversity and Equality – let’s do something about it

Mental Health – let’s talk about it


Ex-football ‘hardman’ Vinnie Jones opens up about his struggles since losing his wife Tanya. It’s not an easy watch, but it’s an important one. Don’t bottle it up men, it’s vital to open up. Well done, Vinnie.


Two top coaches having a chat. What’s not to like?


Haven’t read it yet, but can’t wait to do so. The Hurt by Dylan Hartley alongside the ever-impressive Mike Calvin is out now.

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