Articles & Resources Archive

  • “How failing, losing or looking foolish is often the fastest way to become good at something!” Here’s my experience…

    “How failing, losing or looking foolish is often the fastest way to become good at something!” Here’s my experience…

    I like to ski, I’m not exceptionally good and it’s not a pursuit that I do with great regularity, but I’ve attacked my share of slopes in the past and the lessons I’ve learnt from them seem very appropriate to share now… Best-selling authors such as Daniel Coyle (The Talent Code) and Matthew Syed (Bounce) […]

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  • Transcript: Roz Savage – record Breaking Ocean Rower (Max#40)

    Transcript: Roz Savage – record Breaking Ocean Rower (Max#40)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to episode 40 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. To those who looked in at the life […]

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  • Max#40: Roz Savage – record-breaking ocean rower

    Max#40: Roz Savage – record-breaking ocean rower

    To those who looked in at the life of Roz Savage several years ago, they would have seen someone who appeared to have it all – the A grade graduate, the successful Management Consultant, living the central London lifestyle that goes with it. Yet, little did they know how out of place Roz felt in […]

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  • Why put people on the defensive? Avoid putting people on their back foot

    Why put people on the defensive? Avoid putting people on their back foot

    ‘Why’ is such a small and yet powerful word to notice, understand and be aware of as you use it. Really, why? Well, it does two things very quickly, immediately in fact. Two things you want to avoid. One, it sends people straight to the word “because” which is justifying their actions/decisions and Two, it […]

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  • London Marathon 2012: David Weir and Shelly Woods secure wheelchair double to spur Paralympic hopes

    London Marathon 2012: David Weir and Shelly Woods secure wheelchair double to spur Paralympic hopes

    There were great omens in Paralympic year as, for the first time in five years, British athletes claimed a double victory in both the men’s and women’s wheelchair races. On Sunday, it was David Weir and Shelly Woods, Britain’s leading two wheelchair racers on road and track, having first won the double in 2007. Remarkably, […]

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  • The Five Secrets To Success by Paralympic Cyclist Sarah Storey & Psychologist Dr Rob Yeung

    The Five Secrets To Success by Paralympic Cyclist Sarah Storey & Psychologist Dr Rob Yeung

    This was an interesting article on success, sent to me from Steve Davies (featured on episodes 4 and 6 of the Maximise Potential Podcast). The article focuses on the importance a support network can play in helping someone to maximise their potential….. Despite 37% of all UK adults thinking that their success is down to […]

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  • Congratulations to David Weir who wins his sixth London Marathon Wheelchair title

    Congratulations to David Weir who wins his sixth London Marathon Wheelchair title

    Great Britain’s David Weir (featured on episode 19 of the Maximise Potential Podcast) won the wheelchair race at the London Marathon for a record-equalling sixth time. The 32-year-old won a sprint finish to take the title in 1:32:26 and equal Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record. “This is my favourite win ever because the field was so […]

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  • Transcript: Marc Koska – Inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe (Max#39)

    Transcript: Marc Koska – Inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe (Max#39)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to episode 39 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. At one time or another we have all […]

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  • British Record Holder David Weir aiming to match Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s London Marathon Record

    British Record Holder David Weir aiming to match Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s London Marathon Record

    The British record holder will be up against three former London champions, including the 54-year-old Frei, a London winner three times in the late 1990s, David Weir will defend his Virgin London Marathon title on Sunday 22 April against the strongest field ever assembled as he seeks to match the six London Marathons won by […]

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  • Max#39: Marc Koska – inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe

    Max#39: Marc Koska – inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe

    At one time or another we have all been inspired by an article or television programme, which prompted us to say “I have to do something about that.” Yet, no matter how sincere we are with this statement, in the cold light of day and with our daily responsibilities firmly back in the forefront of […]

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  • 2 years and counting since the first Maximise Potential post!

    2 years and counting since the first Maximise Potential post!

    I was just flicking through the archives and realised that it was exactly two years ago (March 2010) that we posted our first articles on Maximise Potential. Incidentally, we hadn’t launched the podcast yet as that came a couple of months later. I’m constantly looking at what I want to achieve and very seldom time […]

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  • The War on Talent & the two Jim’s….

    The War on Talent & the two Jim’s….

    I came across a thought-provoking article on Linked IN, written by a recruitment professional based in Canada called Jim O’Sullivan (the first Jim), where he very eloquently highlights the work of Jim Collins (the second Jim) relating it to the topic known as ‘The War on Talent’…. Jim Collins, author of ‘Good to Great’, makes […]

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  • Roz Savage to undertake her ‘Olympic Atlantic Row’

    Roz Savage to undertake her ‘Olympic Atlantic Row’

    Roz Savage is the British Ocean Rower & National Geographic’s 2010 Adventurer of the Year. Roz holds four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life […]

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  • David Weir wins the Silverstone Half Marathon in build up to London 2012

    David Weir wins the Silverstone Half Marathon in build up to London 2012

    David Weir, who gave an inspiring interview on episode 19 of The Maximise Potential Podcast, is now in the run-up to the most important event of his life – the 2012 London Olympics. The games will arguably be David’s last in the sport, and the man who has re-written all the record books is keen […]

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  • Transcript: Chris Brisley – Take  cahallenge (Max#38)

    Transcript: Chris Brisley – Take cahallenge (Max#38)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to episode 38 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. Have you ever taken the time to imagine […]

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  • Tom Daley – prepared to sacrifice in the short term in order to gain in the long term

    Tom Daley – prepared to sacrifice in the short term in order to gain in the long term

    Tom Daley is one of Team GB’s greatest medal prospects for London 2012. I just read a very interesting article on him, probably paying more attention to it than I would have done before meeting Chris Brisley (@TakeaChallenge), who was one of the diving coaches in Plymouth, with Andy Banks, when Tom was a young […]

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  • Transcript: Planning for the unexpected in Business (Max#37)

    Transcript: Planning for the unexpected in Business (Max#37)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to episode 37 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. The question of what if is largely one […]

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  • Max#37: Planning for the unexpected in Business – Patrick O’Connor

    Max#37: Planning for the unexpected in Business – Patrick O’Connor

    The question of “What if” is largely one that we all try and sidestep within our businesses, as we all hope that the unexpected will never happen to us. Yet, when the unexpected does happen it is the companies that have dedicated the time and resource to answering that question, that feel the least disruption […]

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  • 2012 is Set to be a Record Breaking Year

    2012 is Set to be a Record Breaking Year

    2012 is set to be a record-breaking year in the UK with the arrival of the Olympic and Paralympic Team GB Games. Here is a excellent article from Baroness Grey-Thompson, Great Britain’s 11-time Paralympic champion, on the Games… Although it is only one day and a training session or two closer to the Games, something […]

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  • Avoid being stuck in a conversation – how to move on when you’re ready

    Avoid being stuck in a conversation – how to move on when you’re ready

    We’ve all been there haven’t we? You’re at a social function, a networking event, a business conference and your intention is to circulate, meet new people, catch up with colleagues and friends and then you get stuck. What started off as an exchange of ideas can then turn into a one-way street where someone goes […]

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  • One Leadership Quality that will Make or Break You

    One Leadership Quality that will Make or Break You

    Philip Fanthom, Managing Director of Jenrick IT recently found this article about leadership skills which he really enjoyed reading and could relate to, so we at Maximise Potential would like to share it as well. One of the most often overlooked aspects of leadership is the need for pursuit. Great leaders are never satisfied with […]

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  • Bonita Norris shares her experience of Ama Dablam

    Bonita Norris shares her experience of Ama Dablam

    Bonita Norris, as featured on the Maximise Potential Podcast, recently achieved her latest adventure of reaching the summit of Ama Dablam. Here is her blog article as she shares her experience: Having had a few days back in the UK i’ve finally had some time to digest what has been an incredible expedition to Ama […]

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  • Bonita Norris – The Ice Queen

    Bonita Norris – The Ice Queen

    Bonita Norris, youngest british woman to climb Mount Everest has featured on the Maximise Potential Podcast, not once but twice! Here is an article we found recently regarding how she and other female explorers are setting a good example to young girls today: The arrival of Amelia Hempleman-Adams, 16, at the South Pole last week […]

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  • Transcript: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Transcript: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Okay welcome back to episode 36 of the Maximise Potential Podcast and the second instalment of our interview […]

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  • Transcript: Becoming a Triple Ironman – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Transcript: Becoming a Triple Ironman – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to Episode 35 of the Maximise Potential podcast. Being able to complete an ironman event is […]

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  • Max#36: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume

    Max#36: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume

    As well as being a triple ironman finisher, Richard Hume is also one a very select group of people to have completed the Atlantic Ocean Rowing Race. This gruelling 3,000 mile event, which can take over 80 days to complete, challenges competitors in ways not comparible to most other endurance events. Dealing with the isolation, […]

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  • Max#35: Becoming a triple ironman – Richard Hume

    Max#35: Becoming a triple ironman – Richard Hume

    Being able to complete an ironman event is said to be one of the most extreme tests of mental and physical endurance on the planet. Competing continuously for over 12 hours; swimming 2 ½ miles, then cycling for 112 miles before completing a 26 mile marathon, will push anyone to their absolute limits. However, now […]

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  • Bonita Norris Summits Ama Dablam

    Bonita Norris Summits Ama Dablam

    Bonita Norris, as featured on the Maximise Potential Podcast has added a third Himalayan peak to her tally. Bonita Norris, the youngest British woman to have climbed Mount Everest, has now also successfully climbed Ama Dablam (6,856m) in the Nepalese Himalaya. Reaching the peak of Ama Dablam is a fantastic achievement for Bonita. She promised […]

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  • David Weir focusses soley on winning Gold at London 2012

    David Weir focusses soley on winning Gold at London 2012

    Double Paralympic gold medalist David Weir missed the New York Marathon earlier this month all in the name of London 2012 glory, writes Ben Baker. The 32-year-old wheelchair racer from Wallington had a 12 months to remember last season, with triple gold at the IPC World Championships in New Zealand over 800m, 1500m and 5000m […]

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  • Do you scare people off?

    Do you scare people off?

    We’ve all heard someone start off with “Well, the trouble is” or “What worries me is” haven’t we? Or what about the classic “Now, our first problem is” – talk about putting you on your back foot and priming you for ‘trouble ahead’. You know the thing that happens when we hear those sorts of […]

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  • Transcript: The New Rules of Selling – Gavin Ingham (Max#34)

    Transcript: The New Rules of Selling – Gavin Ingham (Max#34)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to Episode 34 of the Maximise Potential podcast. No matter if you are responsible for a […]

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  • Take 5 more seconds and save hours

    Take 5 more seconds and save hours

    “Hello, Hi, Hiya, Howzit, Howdee”- just a few of the many ways to greet people but they all come down to the same thing – a quick greeting, an easy opener. According to my trusty dictionary, a greeting is “a polite word or sign of welcome or recognition.” Simple, quick and powerful. So many people […]

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  • Grab attention by adding just one little word and notice how people sit up and listen

    Grab attention by adding just one little word and notice how people sit up and listen

    Small, simple things make a big difference. We all know it and it’s often these small, subtle distinctions we add – garnishes if you will – that change the course and outcome of our conversations and connections. This is going to be so obvious to you – it probably is already from the title above […]

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  • 10 Secrets of Successful Leaders

    10 Secrets of Successful Leaders

    Maximise Your Potential Podcast is all about helping people be successful in life and this article reveals the key tips on how to be a successful leader. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” But, becoming a […]

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  • Transcript: Bonita Norris – How I Set Goals (Max#33)

    Transcript: Bonita Norris – How I Set Goals (Max#33)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to Episode 33 of the Maximise Potential podcast. We are extremely fortunate to welcome back Everest […]

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  • Would you like to see how a thought is created?

    Would you like to see how a thought is created?

    This video has been recommended to us from leading NLP Business Coach, Fiona Campbell. It shows you how a thought is actually created:

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  • What your Attitude is Really About…

    What your Attitude is Really About…

    “It’s the angle your nose meets the wind” – that was the answer I was given by the US naval pilot, Curt, who answered my question ‘what does the word attitude really mean?’ The famous motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said “My altitude depends more on my attitude than my aptitude’ and that phrase has stuck […]

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  • David Walliams takes on Sport Relief Thames challenge

    David Walliams takes on Sport Relief Thames challenge

    Now here is another great example of someone Maximising their Potential, and really testing themselves to see how far they can go . . . Comedian David Walliams is set to swim about 140 miles of the River Thames in just eight days for Sport Relief. Starting on 5 September, the Little Britain star will […]

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  • Steve Jobs – Founder of Apple

    Steve Jobs – Founder of Apple

    Steve Jobs has been most of the most remarkable Leaders in the Digital Age, however news today confirmed that Steve Jobs is stepping down from his role as CEO of Apple. As a Leader, a Businessman, a Visionary and Inventor, Steve Jobs is clearly an individual who tried his all to Maximise his Potential, and […]

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  • Transcript: Exclusive Tips to Maximise your Career – Miriam Lee (Max#32)

    Transcript: Exclusive Tips to Maximise your Career – Miriam Lee (Max#32)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome to episode 32 of the Maximise Potential podcast. As you are all well aware the goal of […]

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  • Sam Parker on Leadership – inspiring videos

    Sam Parker on Leadership – inspiring videos

    The goal of Maximise Potential is to help people develop in all areas of their life, and truly Maximise Their Potential. We do this by producing our own inspiring and educational podcasts and by also bringing together the best content from all over the Internet. For quite a while now, we have been fans of […]

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  • Max#32: Exclusive tips to maximise your career – Miriam Lee

    Max#32: Exclusive tips to maximise your career – Miriam Lee

    The Maximise Potential Podcast, brought to you in association with the Award-winning Recruitment Group Jenrick, is pleased to release its latest interview with Miriam Lee, Head of Business Development for Jenrick IT. Welcome to episode 32 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. As you are all well aware, the goal of Maximise Potential to to help […]

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  • Transcript: Andy North – Endurance Athlete (Max#31)

    Transcript: Andy North – Endurance Athlete (Max#31)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome to episode 31 of the Maximise Potential podcast. In our last episode with Bremont Watches Andy English […]

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  • Managing being “Out of the Office” and Your Inbox

    Managing being “Out of the Office” and Your Inbox

    It’s the dilemma that’s so common now – when you’re “Out of the Office”, how “Out” of the office are you? Following on from Part1 and the importance of putting some helpful structure to your email ‘out of office’ bounceback, a simple-to-follow formula of Acknowledge/Inform/Guide is useful and hits the spot. It’s also the safest […]

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  • The mindset of an endurance athlete – explained

    The mindset of an endurance athlete – explained

    As most of you are aware, at Maximise Potential we are seeking to understand the mindset and approach of what drives people to success within their chosen discipline. I recently interviewed Endurance Athelete, Andy North (Max#31), who is about to embark on the ‘sunshine challenge’ where he will run a total of 25 marathons and […]

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  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

    I’ve recently finished Mindset by Carol Dweck. It was further confirmation that the adoption of a ‘growth mindset’ (as Dweck refers to it), is the receipe for achieving your goals in life. Mindset is a MUST READ in my opinion – and I cannot thank Matthew Syed, author of BOUNCE, for putting me onto the […]

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  • Andy North Sunshine Challenge 2011 – Route Planner

    Andy North Sunshine Challenge 2011 – Route Planner

    Andy North, featured in episode 31 of Maximise Potential, is taking on one of the most challenging endurance pursuits I’ve ever known is his quest to raise £50,000 for Forces Children’s Trust and ABF The Soldiers Charity. Starting in August, Andy will be running a total of 25 marathons, cycling 1,300 miles and even kayaking […]

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  • Children vote Derek Redmond as Ultimate Olympian

    Children vote Derek Redmond as Ultimate Olympian

    I’ve just come across this motivating article on British Olympian, Derek Redmond, which ties in very nicely with the inspiring video about him already featured on the Maximise Potential website. School children nationwide have voted Derek Redmond as the Ultimate Olympian. Primary and secondary schools across the nation, including West Sussex and Derby, experienced a […]

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  • Greg Searle: 5 Lessons to take from sport into leadership

    Greg Searle: 5 Lessons to take from sport into leadership

    Hi everyone! As you know, we had the pleasure of interviewing former Olympic & World Champion Rower Greg Searle, on the podcast last year. I just saw an article from him in the Wall Street Journal Blog and felt is was well worth posting on the site: British rowing athlete Greg Searle first won gold […]

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  • Entrepreneur raises £75,000 using the power of the crowd

    Entrepreneur raises £75,000 using the power of the crowd

    Very interesting article for any aspiring entrepreneurs out there . . . . A small business owner turned down for investment by banks has managed to raise £75,000 through a crowdfunding website. Sue Acton, founder Bubble & Balm, sought growth finance through Crowdcube in return for 15% equity in the business. A total of 82 […]

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