The time for adaptation is over: World Cup blog

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Joseph Campbell As the World Cup tournament swings from group stages to the knockout stages – for the bigger, stronger teams there is a shift from a mentality of “collect enough points to advance and conserve energy if you can”,…

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Time, the hidden menace at big competitions and how to harness it

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. Alfred Hitchcock There are 3 ways to slow down time. According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the faster anything travels, the slower time passes, known as ‘time dilation’. The next method is doing all-out, full-gas exercise, say for example 30s maximum effort,…

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CORE skills ain't SOFT

In 1958, as NASA began it’s search for aerospace pilots, the job description listed the need for the following characteristics; · Male (how 1950s?) · Approx 5’11” /180cm · Aged between twenty-five and forty · A science degree · High intelligence · High mathematical ability · Experience as a jet test pilot. There were just…

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The sweet spot: Where Science, Purpose and Art converge

Legend has it, the charismatically, inspiring Baroness Sue Campbell visited Michael Schumacher’s pit in the mid 1990s and saw the chief engineer do two things. First, be extremely picky about how clean the floor was and second obsess about the data they were receiving live from the race. The first shared his meticulous grip on…

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5 ways to justify the term 'elite'

‘Elite Health’, ‘Elite Car Audio’, ‘Elite Wines’, ‘Elite Bras’ Clearly these are just brand names, just as the bloke around the corner who runs a business called Olympic Windows, is claiming special status (unless window fitting has become an Olympic sport recently). But the word ‘elite’ seems to be cropping up everywhere, (damn it, it…

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How SQUIDD can empower others

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. Bill Gates In 2005 I took on the responsibility of line managing a scientist. It may be relevant or not that they were a scientist in another discipline to myself and while I had previously undertaken this task, this was…

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Maximising experiences

I am a lucky boy. Lucky, lucky lucky (apologies if after only 8 words you are now singing Kylie Minogue’s hit or reciting sections of Monty Python’s Holy Grail). When I first started to work in high-performance I was fortunate to begin to work alongside a lady called Ailsa Niven (nee Anderson). My role was…

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