Performance | Jun 4, 2021
Think like Charles Darwin and get on the move; The Captain Class book got Chelsea back in the groove; learn how focusing on brain functionality will help you improve.

Hello. Habari. Halløj! I hope you’ve all been great since the last Digest. We’re getting close to the summer, which means some brilliant sporting tournaments are just around the corner. Best of luck if you’re part of the preparations! As ever, we’re here to assist you with anything you need, so please reach out if you think we can help now or at some point in 2021.

By Matthew Stone

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 – where can I go if I’m ready to challenge how I think about people, culture and leadership?

Luckily for you, we have our Virtual Leaders Meet: Evolution of Leadership event next week, 9-10 June. We have speakers from Google, the All Blacks, Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Devils, Aston Villa FC, and the English Institute of Sport. Interested? More info on how to join here. If you’re a member, you’ll automatically be registered for this event.

2. What do people need to perform at the highest level?

Productivity and well-being for starters.

3.  Are your insecurities what you think they are?

No. Here’s three steps from Adam Grant on how to harness your own self-doubt as a fuel for success.

4. How do you measure inclusion in the workplace?

Listen to your people. And while tackling these challenges, leaders must ensure measuring and managing inclusion stay on the to-do list as well.

Here’s an added podcast discussing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

5. What’s the difference to being first and tenth?

Brain functionality, and Dr. Shai Efrati from Aviv Clinics explains how they’re helping some of the world’s best athletes.

6. What is harmonious passion? 

Just ask Jayne Ellis, Performance Director of British Wheelchair Basketball, who believes anyone at the highest level needs just that.

The Digest, digested

It’s a numbers game

3 must read blogs…
… for when the chips are down

5 new books that will…
… give your IQ a major boost

2 must read…
… non-fiction books of the season

5 new books that will…

… 10x your productivity

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

From specialist, to leadership

Everyone reading this would have come into the industry as a specialist in a certain area. You may still be a specialist in something. But to make the jump up to being a leader, the likelihood is you’ll need to diversify your knowledge and start leading in areas you may not be as knowledgeable on. Here’s some tips on how to make the transition.

Brain power

Today, the difference between being first or tenth is milliseconds of brain functionality, and Dr. Shai Efrati from Aviv Clinics explains how they’re helping some of the world’s best athletes.

Chelsea Smiles

The turnaround of fortunes at Stamford Bridge since Thomas Tuchel took the reins has been remarkable, and they now find themselves as European champions. How? Team chemistry, a Spanish banquet, small footballs and of course, our good friend Sam Walker’s and his book Captain Class.

Walk the walk

Does movement help the brain tick? Consider Charles Darwin, Toni Morrison and Jeremy DeSilva. Research suggests creativity improves by 60% after a walk.

Diversity and Equality – let’s do something about it

Mental Health – let’s talk about it


You can’t win anything with kids…But you can win something if you make an outstanding contribution to kids development – and that’s exactly what Fulham Huw Jennings and Brighton’s Dan Ashworth have done, being presented with the Eamon Dolan Award at this year’s Premier League Youth Development Conference, which we were delighted to be a partner of this year.


We’ve got Dean Smith, Head Coach of Aston Villa FC, speaking at the virtual event next week. To whet the appetite, here’s a throwback to our At Home with Leaders podcast with him back in May last year.


The Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Vikings and New Zealand Police discuss how their organizations have provided for the mental health of their employees in part two of Winning the Mind Games.

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