“Don’t do it! Stay away from your potential. You’ll mess it up, it’s potential, leave it. Anyway, it’s like your bank balance – you always have a lot less than you think.”
~ Dylan Moran
Let’s say that, in contrast to Dylan, we want to better understand ourselves and explore what we are truly capable of. What potential lies within us, our teams and and our organisations? Today we are continuously looking for ways to optimise ourselves, our time and our processes, and today’s guest makes it his job to enable people to do just this.
Dr. Andy Walshe is a globally recognised leader and expert in the field of elite human performance. He has spent more than 20 years researching ways to “Hack Performance” in sport, culture, military and business to create a deeper understanding of the “Human Potential Construct”. Andy’s ultimate vision is a world where we have established a known recipe for elite performance and thus can equip some of our greatest minds with the tools they need to succeed and improve the world. Andy’s elite performance programs are designed to make accessible, and to democratise these tools, and understandable to all regardless of industry, vocation or passion.
Currently leading Human Performance for Red Bull, Andy works with hundreds of international athletes and business leaders to develop and implement elite performance models. In 2012 he lead the performance plan for Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking jump to Earth from the stratosphere. Andy also founded “Glimpses”, the annual Human Potential Red Ball gathering, a highly-interactive two-day conference bringing together world-class talent.
In today’s podcast, Andy and Mark sit down to discuss the intricacies of human potential and how certain qualities of elite performers resonate across sectors, industries and arenas; how companies can evolve to enable more talented employees to excel and his project Human 2.0 which looks at how new technologies especially in the arena of Artificial Intelligence encourage us to explore our own potential at a much higher level.
What Was Covered
[4:40] What kind of work does Andy do for Red Bull?
[8:50] Our identities can be very tied up with our achievements. What has Andy found when he’s pulled back the curtain on these high-achievers?
[14:05] Ultimately, the process of achieving our goals will take care of itself. Focus on the process.
[19:45] What advice does Andy have for a leader looking to develop their talent?
[24:00] Andy likes that there is a ‘fail fast’ mentality, but believes people aren’t being trained on how to fail.
[28:45] Look at how many experiments you’ve conducted over the last year. Based on that number, you can tell whether you’ve created a company culture that supports innovation.
[30:30] Andy is working towards a method to teach the next generation these important tactics and skillsets.
[40:10] What has Andy changed his mind about recently?
[41:45] What does Andy do to remain creative and innovative?
[43:10] What does Andy attribute his success to in life?
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