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Fitness, Recovery, Improvement. The Art Of Getting Better

Fitness, Recovery, Improvement. The Art Of Getting Better

In my late teens I was pretty obsessed with rock climbing, unfortunately I lived in Kent about as far from climbable rock as its possible to get – I climbed a lot of trees! None the less it has stuck with me as a passion. A couple of years ago I got back to it more seriously doing more and then training seriously. Not actually with any specific goal in mind other than to get better – a pursuit that now takes around 10-15 hours a week. The process as much as the result fascinates me and I’m struck by the parallels between a physical training process and the quest to get better at anything or to perform at your best consistently.

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Armistice Day - Remembrance is Not Enough

Armistice Day - Remembrance is Not Enough

On November 19th, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln, stood at the battlefield of Gettysburg at an event to consecrate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. He was not the main speaker at the event, Edward Everett a fellow politician had spoken for 2-hours before Lincoln rose to his feet. When Lincoln finally rose to his feet, his speech lasted a few minutes and constituted less than 300 words. Lincoln himself considered the speech a failure and the Crowd’s reaction was polite. Now known as the Gettysburg address it is one of the most famous speeches in American History and one of the profoundest statements on how we should frame our relationship to those who paid the full measure of sacrifice with their lives.

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Building The Dream Team

Building The Dream Team

Dream teams are often a fantasy collection of all the talents with the assumption that individual talents will lead to team success. But individual talent is actually a poor predictor for team success. Teams with the most individually gifted members often end up less, or only equal to the sum of their parts. It takes more than talent to transcend the limitations of individuality, as all great teams are exponentially more than a collection of individuals. Here are some quick observations on great team characteristics:

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