Performance | Apr 7, 2021
To read people better be like Sherlock Holmes; to assist mental recovery create playful zones; the power of feedback will help to answer those unknowns.

Good morning. Goedemorgen. Ohayo gozaimaz! I hope you’ve had a good week so far, and for those of you celebrating Easter I hope you enjoyed the long weekend, and maybe a bit of chocolate?

By Matthew Stone

We’re into the second quarter of 2021 and, as ever, we’re here to assist you with anything you need, so please reach out if you think we can help.

Here’s another compilation of news, insights and stories from across high performance. Grab your brew, take a pew and enjoy the view!

6 questions, answered

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

Our Virtual Roundtables are what you’re looking for. Here are the upcoming topics:

  • Member Case Study – Performing In Pressure Environments with Rachel Vickery (Coaching & Development) (15 April)
  • Psycho-Social Support For Modern-Day (18 May)
  • Fostering Vulnerability In Your Environment (20 May)
  • Leadership Skills Series: Teamwork & Building Skills (25 May)

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. How can you become the best at anything?

Deliberate practice. Here’s the ultimate guide on how to do it.

3. What’s the key to reading people? 

Channel your inner detective. But can you spot a liar? Probably not.

4. What can you do as a leader to provide a morale boost to your team?

Give a little recognition.

5. What is the key to mental recovery? 

Playfulness. It must be true, because our good friend Michael Caulfield and the team at Brentford FC said so.

6. How do you get better at killing bad projects?

Use stage gates. And this is the difference between ideas that endure, and those that fade.

The Digest, Digested

It’s a numbers game

7 books to help…

…you make peace with your mind.

5 thought patterns…

…that fuel the fear of failure.

3 tools to help…

steady your teams during a transition.

5 insights into…

…why the voice in your head matters.

11 things you must do…

…when communicating.

5 tips to writing emails…

…that will always get you a reply.

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

The power of feedback

If you want to change and improve, you need information and guidance. The most powerful way to effect the change you want? Feedback.

Personal Growth Mondays

Gonzaga were so close to a perfect season, falling at the final hurdle to Baylor in the championship game. They may have not ended the season how they wanted, but they start their week’s with intention, finding time to refocus on personal growth.

Modern up

Approaches to coaching and talent development evolve year on year, season on season. But alongside innovation, many of the fundamentals remain the same. We spoke to leaders from the likes of Liverpool FC and Millfield School, alongside our partners Elite Performance Partners, to find out how they are coaching their modern athletes.

Decision time

There are two main types of a decision makers. Are you a ‘maximiser’ or a ‘satisficer’? When you figure it out, it could help you improve your choices.

Fuelled by science

Nutrition continues to be a differentiator when it comes to taking your athletes to the next physical level, and Performance Directors in all major sports are relying on it more and more to support their performance priorities. Our partners Science in Sport explain more.

Diversity and Equality – let’s do something about it

Mental Health – let’s talk about it


The world needs more scientific thinkers.


I was lucky to meet Ollie Watkins on a visit to Brentford FC’s training ground a couple of years ago (thanks to an invitation from Michael Caulfield). Really lovely lad. Curious. Grounded. Had time for anyone. What an interview, look at the joy! Nice guys don’t always finish last…


Procrastination is innovation.

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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