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Episode #33: What’s the secret to performing at your best?
The Green Room by Deloitte podcast
Muhammad Ali famously said that if he was a garbage man, he’d be the world’s greatest garbage man – such was his drive for being the best at whatever he was doing.
Our sporting prowess may not match Ali’s, but many of us can relate to taking pride in performing to the highest level we’re capable of. Writing the best essay we can at school. Running that 5k in the park against the clock every Saturday. Nailing our first 100 days in the new job, even if we’re still learning. Doing the best we can – every single day.
But what does it take to be the best you can be? And perhaps more importantly, how do you do it consistently?
Sport and business. There’s been no shortage of comparisons between the two over the years – think ‘winning as a team’ or ‘crushing the competition’. But if we really want to understand what it takes to ‘win at business’, the chances are we’ll need to look a little deeper.
In elite sport, results matter. But athletes and coaches are equally serious about performance. Did you know as much as 90% of an elite athlete’s time can be spent preparing and just 10% doing the job? At work we talk about performance too – but too often only really value results. We’re busy ‘doing’ versus reviewing and preparing. But what if we did? Would it lead to better results?
Both worlds have a lot in common. Dealing with pressure. Being disciplined. The dilemma between spending time building on our strengths or working on our weaknesses. Coping with setbacks. And of course, creating the conditions for the magic of teams to happen.
It’s a big topic. But one many of us can all relate to.
Tune in to find out:
- Who listens to ‘This is me’ to get pumped?
- The reasons Joanna thinks people in business should rest like athletes
- How to cope with pressure and deal with the inevitable setbacks
- Why getting a dog might just be the answer to anything?
Laura Kenny CBE
If you’re interested in any of the topics we talked about during this episode, you might find the links below useful.
Deloitte Transition Labs - Find out more.
The Inner Game of Tennis, a book by Timothy Gallwey recommended by Joanna
High performance podcast – human conversations about what it takes to perform at your best, with examples from business and sport