Psychologist, Pete Lindsay presents at the 2017 Supporting Champions Conference discussing his work with Mark Bawden at Mindflick who have developed a tool for improving performance by understanding one’s performance preferences.

0:25 The importance of understanding personality preferences in order for us to perform to our optimum
2:10 None of us are perfect!
2:26 Timing, finding the right time to deliver the right intervention in the right way
3:38 Gathering resources so that you can focus on the impactful intervention
4:53 Character comes before competence
5:27 When interviewing, we ask, “Are the candidates passionate, hungry, humble do they want to learn, are they socially smart?”
6:49 To be successful you need to be contextually sensitivity
7:56 Know me, know method, know foibles
8:34 Two lenses, two metrics of personality profiles. How do you make your decisions and where do you get your energy from?
9:30 FLEXing your style, how to effectively work with others
9:59 People change across contexts, the extent of the power of context is 70:30
10:17 Personality can change with volitional effort
14:15 We all have blindspots, when played in the wrong context they can be a weakness
15:14 How do teams perform well in volatile environments?
16:33 Building psychological safety
17:42 The importance of influencing other practitioners, influencing with integrity
19:15 Differences allow us to be more agile and flex our style
19:51 Pig Wrestling – pigs are problems, never wrestle with a problem!
20:38 Tackling the wrong problem
21:11 Premature evaluation problem! That one intervention is vital, so take the time to clean up the problem before launching the intervention.

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Dr Steve Ingham is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton's running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success. Steve has worked at the English Sports Council British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, where Steve was the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Steve is author of the best selling ‘How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of helping ambitious people to find a better way of creating high-performance. Steve hosts the Supporting Champions Podcast on sharing his pursuit of understanding and exploration in performance.

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