Feb 272014

Leading High Performance: Applying the Winning Principles of Sports Coaching in Your Organisation

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Published: February 2014
Crimson Publishing Ltd
ISBN 978 78059 213 8


This book is best summed up by the quote: “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability”.

This is not a slavish importation of sports coaching into the world of business. It is a well-developed, carefully constructed approach that takes only those sporting elements that make sense and intelligently adapts them for the world of organisations. It is full of anecdotes, examples and new concepts that are as exciting and thought provoking as they are applicable.

Prompted by the events and performance of many high profile organisations and their leaders over the last few years, the book makes the point that most organisations are average and that this is a both leadership and ‘followership’ issue. It sets out the case that leaders are often able to obscure poor results or, set lower than optimal goals and that many remuneration schemes reward not just mediocre performance but even poor performance. Somewhat provocatively the author introduces the thought (and supporting arguments) that if an organisation is just performing averagely is the leader really necessary?

Leading High Performance is divided into two parts:

Part 1 explores the relationship between leaders/coaches and followers/athletes and the responsibilities each have to the other. It provides insights into how this relationship as well as athlete and team development is managed in high- performance sports and how these concepts can be transferred to companies and organisations.

Part 2 focuses exclusively on organisations and how they can use the principles, models and tools developed in Part 1 to build a high- performance environment.

By combining current ideas of leadership in business with relevant practises from coaching and sports science the book shows that high performance is not some holy grail. It is not some inaccessible aspiration achievable only by an elite and brilliant few. It explains how high performance in business can readily be achieved and how leaders can create a high- performance environment through good leadership, good coaching and of course, through their people.

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Murray Eldridge has been a ship’s captain, has over thirty years’ experience in international business, was an international GB rower in his youth and has been a qualified British Rowing coach for the last eight years. Leading High Performance combines his knowledge of leadership, business and sport in new and insightful ways to show exactly how both leaders and ‘followers’ in organisations can maximize their potential and move their organisation into the high performance zone.

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Feb 252014

Nine directors at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management in the Channel Islands are celebrating their Institute of Directors (IoD) results with one director achieving the top national score in the exams.

The directors undertook the IoD Certificate in Company Direction which is part of the IoD’s Chartered Director programme.

IoDAshley Cox, a director in Jersey, received a distinction and attained the highest score nationally in 2013.

The qualification covers an in-depth view of the director role, responsibilities and legal duties of a director, an understanding of the characteristics of an effective board, knowledge of financial terms and concepts and the issues and processes associated with formulating strategic business plans and achieving strategic leadership.

In Jersey, Steve Gully also achieved a distinction for the certificate with Paul Le Brocq, Mark Cleary, Julie Fairclough, Aidan McAvinue and Tony Pitcher gaining passes.

In Guernsey, Ken Bradley and David McNay also achieved a pass grade for the certificate.

Ashley Cox said, “It’s great to have passed the IoD’s Certificate in Company Direction and to have obtained a distinction was a welcome surprise".

“I see the benefits of the course as twofold. There is the way it will impact on the Barclays Channel Islands’ businesses as we look to implement the learning as a senior management team to drive our business forward. It will also help us in relation to the wealth structures we administer for our clients giving our advice and administration a practical edge.”

Paul Savery, managing director of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management in the Channel Islands said, “Barclays is passionate about supporting our employees’ professional development through professional qualifications. These are a fantastic set of results that the senior team should be extremely proud of".

“The IoD exams are advanced professional qualifications so these results really help to reinforce the calibre of the Barclays team.”

James Qualtrough Guernsey Isle-News February 25, 2014

Feb 052014

All Chartered Directors are invited to the Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire Chartered Director Breakfast on Thursday 13 February at 0730 at the Hotel Du Vin in Henley

Chartered DirectorPaul Bennett

Director at PQ Insight

Dear Fellow Chartered Directors,

We are pleased to confirm the arrangements for our first Chartered Director Breakfast Meeting of 2014!.

Date/Venue Thursday13th February 2014 at Hotel Du Vin Henley 0730

If you have not yet attended one of our meetings, this locally organised group was formed by a few Chartered Directors in Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire with the aim of meeting informally on a regular basis. It is aimed purely at Chartered Directors and provides an ideal opportunity to meet one another, make use of the considerable pool of talent within the network and at the same time seek to raise the profile of Chartered Director.

The meeting is informal, with no sales pitch, but with a growing focus on continual professional development a key element of being a Chartered Director. Many of the presentations which are covered in the meetings count towards the Chartered Director CPD requirement.

Confirm Attendance

Should you be able to attend please can you confirm your attendance by email so that we can inform the hotel about exact numbers. Early booking is advised as numbers will be limited.

Information in advance

It would be useful to circulate an attendance list to everyone a few days in advance of the meeting. Please can you confirm you are happy for this to be done and return the information below asap.

Company Name
Contact No
Email Address
Short note – 14 words to introduce yourself
Something that is on your mind in business?


Hotel Du Vin Henley

We have a private room and a full breakfast, coffee and juices will be served.

Cost £20.00. Please bring correct amount on the day.

For directions and more details


There is plenty of free parking in the town centre for the duration of the meeting.


Arrive 0720 for 0730 and finish approx 0930


  1. 0720 - 0730 Networking and Introductions.
  2. Breakfast served followed by discussion to agree future dates and preferred topics.
    (Some excellent speakers already booked for this year)
  3. Close at 0930

Kind Regards

Paul Bennett
07912 503550

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