Performance | Nov 18, 2020
How sport science data helped the LA Dodgers win; to be successful find your paradox mindset from within; insight from NHS Nightingale and what the leadership lessons have been.

Good morning high performance people. Sending you our best as you continue to navigate this new normal sports industry you find yourselves working in. Please do reach out if we can assist with anything.

By Matthew Stone

What a couple of weeks of sport! DJ in Augusta, Lewis Hamilton in Istanbul and Katie Taylor in London, as well as the Scottish Football Team in Serbia and Argentina Rugby versus the All Blacks in Sydney. Some amazing performances, and emotion.

Anyway, enjoy digging into another collection of news, insights, stories and tips from across high performance sport and beyond.

5 questions, answered 

1. Matt – how did last week’s Virtual Leaders Meet: Total High Performance event go?

Well we enjoyed it, and we hope you did too. If you couldn’t make it, fear not as all the session videos are available for members on the Intelligence Hub here, and the key insights and takeaways of what was said and discussed from both days, sponsored by Keiser, can be found below:

  • Day 1 Key Insights & Takeaways found here.
  • Day 2 Key Insights & Takeaways found here.

2. What helped the LA Dodgers win the World Series title?

Sports science data, and our good friends Dave Anderson and Steve Gera of Gains Group and, consequently, BreakAway Data.

3. What can we learn from Covid-19 field hospitals?

A lot, so here’s 10 leadership lessons to get you started.

We had the pleasure of having Lt Col Ash Boreham share his case study from leading at NHS Nightingale last week at our event, and members can watch that session back here.

4. Is a ‘paradox mindset’ the key to success?

Yes. Think like Einstein.

5. What does Tim Ferris think you should read?

These 10 books.

The Digest, digested

It’s a numbers game

5 musts for…

next-gen leaders.

6 traps that…

…eat up all your time.

5 strategies for…

reinventing your career in uncertain times.

3 adjectives could be the key…

…to your next questions in job interviews.

5 key insight on…

…paying attention, mastering yourself and winning.

6 upcoming articles…

…on new leadership mind-sets for data.

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

Pride Cymru

Good friend of the Leaders Performance Institute Dan Clements from Welsh Rugby Union has written about how having a sense of pride and positive approach to leadership development and organisational change can be transformative for your team, and, in turn, can aid sustaining change and ultimately enhancing performance.

Trust issues

How do you know somebody is trustworthy? A difficult one, as you need people in your life you can depend upon, both personally and professionally. T Ryan Byerly via Psyche gives some advice and suggests a good indication is whether someone cares about your intellectual wellbeing.

Looking out for No1

The natural thing to do is look for leaders within a team, those who inspire and set the examples to their teammates. But Per Mertesacker, the German World Cup winner now working in the Academy at his last club Arsenal FC, considers leading yourself as the important first step of effective leadership.

He spoke to us a few years ago about leading in the Premier League too, which you can read here.

Diversity and Equality – let’s do something about it

Mental Health – let’s talk about it


Some amazing sporting feats this week, and some emotional thoughts and feelings from those who achieved them. (Sir?) Lewis Hamilton from his triumphant car, Dustin Johnson in the coveted green jacket and Ryan Christie after 22 years of hurt. Sport is emotional, and wonderful.


I had the pleasure of speaking to Nigel Pearson last week for our State of Play series, discussing all things ‘the modern athlete’, including communication, compassion, empathy, safe spaces and his open door policy. Top man. You can listen on Spotify and iTunes as well.


The Next Big Idea Club, which consists of Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Daniel Pink and Malcolm Gladwell, suggest new books you should be reading every season – so here are the nominees for your winter bookshelf.

Our aim at the Leaders Performance Institute is to connect the most forward-thinking people to discuss best practice and challenge each other’s thinking, so please feel free to reach out.

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