Performance | Oct 21, 2020
Our next virtual event is just 20 days away; why the Nintendo Game Boy isn’t just to play; vulnerable and compassionate leadership is here to stay.

Good morning one and all. The clocks change here in the UK this weekend, as we continue into autumn, we’re here to help if you need us as you continue to navigate this new normal. Please do reach out if we can assist you with anything.

By Matthew Stone

Enjoy digging into another assortment of news, insights, stories and tips from across high performance sport and beyond.

7 questions, answered 

1. Matt – what’s coming up in the next month at the Leaders Performance Institute?

Well it’s looking like an exciting and busy few weeks ahead. Here’s why:

  • Our flagship event of the year is on November 10-11 in partnership with Keiser. Run virtually this year of course, all the information can be found here.
  • Before then, we’re running a webinar on ‘The Rise of Generalists in High Performance Frameworks’ on October 29 with our partners at Elite Performance Partners. Bryce Cavanagh and Aaron Danks from The FA will speaking about their experiences of the topic, moderated by Mo Bobat of England Cricket. Register here, it’s free to join.

2. Anything I’ve missed the last couple of weeks?

Well, our latest State of Play podcast was with world renowned performance coach and team culture expert, Owen Eastwood. We chatted about identity, diverse thinking, group dynamics and his upcoming new book ‘Belonging’.

3. How can you reclaim time and live a happier life?

Be time smart.

4. What does it take to be a compassionate leader?

Help. Provide. Focus. Support. More here.

5. Who’s the greatest active team leader in the whole of sport?

The Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird. Here’s why.

6. What type of culture do you need to foster innovation?

One of intellectual bravery.

7. What can sports learn from the Nintendo Game Boy?

Sometimes you need to take one step back, to go three steps forward. Especially when it comes to technology.

The Digest, digested

It’s a numbers game

5 key insights on creating organisations…

as amazing as the people inside them.

7 things confident people…

…always say.

6 tips from Arthur Blank on creating…

…great corporate culture.

6 books…

…to read this fall.

4 tips for…

…effective virtual collaboration.

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

Early bird

Catches the worm? Not according to a new study that found Olympic swimmers race 0.39 seconds faster in the evening compared to the morning. Have a lie in ladies and gents.

Vulnerability isn’t a weakness

It’s a strength. These unpredictable times need a leader who creates an environment where people feel they can be open and share. Not a leader with fearless bravado.

Creativity is key

Both the arts and science would be considered creative industries, but research suggests it’s a vital core competency across the likes of science, tech, engineering and mathematics too. To prepare the next generation to lead and be successful, teaching creativity is essential.

Once upon a time…

There was a leader who used storytelling get their points across to their teams. It can make or break your leadership, so make sure you write your own ending and use story to make a positive impact on your organisation.

Athlete’s Mindset

Another piece from our new State of Play series, where I spoke to the Golden State Warriors’ Adi Vase on the evolving mindset of the modern NBA athlete and how player profiles are evolving.

Diversity and Equality – let’s do something about it

Mental Health – let’s talk about it


We are hosting a number of conversations across October to mark and celebrate Black History Month. Last week saw my friend and fellow Coventry University alumnus Jaydee Dyer lead a conversation with Emile Heskey, which you can watch back here. Here is what else we have planned before the end of the month.


If you want to improve, accepting constructive criticism is fundamental.


I haven’t read it yet, but I can’t wait to. Adam Grant’s new book ‘Think Again’ is out in February 2021. There’s one pre-ordered present for your Christmas list, folks.

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