mindflick presents… Beyond Winning

Over recent months the mindflick® team have been working hard behind the scenes to pull together our first ever ‘mindflick® presents…’ event.  

On Monday evening at Lords, we welcomed friends, colleagues, and practitioners from across the world of sport, business, and education to explore how we can create and sustain high performance in teams and organisations.

The evening, entitled “Beyond Winning”, began with mindflick® CEO Andrew Strauss delivering an insightful, entertaining and personal account of the lessons learnt throughout his career in elite sport.

Taking us back to a wonderful summer of sport, Andrew began with the unforgettable moment when the Cricket World Cup 2019 went down to the final over of the competition – a moment that transcended the boundaries of both cricket and professional sport.

Another highlight of the evening was a fascinating panel discussion with Claire Foy (Head of Learning and Professional Development at Coutts bank), Danny Kerry (Head Coach to GB Men’s Hockey), David Young (Sport Psychologist to England Cricket), and Pete Lindsay (Head of Products at mindflick®).

Throughout the discussion, and lively Q&A, a number of counter-intuitive ideas appeared to connect these differing worlds of high performance. In this short blog, we have tried to capture some of our favourite take-home messages from the evening, that encouraged us to ‘switch our thinking’…

#1: High performance is having confidence to commit to your performance AND the ability to adapt your mindset…

#2: While preparation is vital to performing under pressure, it’s ALSO about having the courage to flex…

#3: High performance is about playing to your STRENGTHS and recognising when these strengths become your WEAKNESSES…

#4: Long-term success is not just about winning – it’s about HOW you win…

#5: We should strive to never fall too much in love with our wins – it’s this that can become the ENEMY of adaptability…

#6: Leadership should be DISPERSED across a team and not sit solely with one individual – bringing a range of styles and maintaining clarity of direction when the unexpected occurs…

#7: Self-control in not about controlling your emotions – but is about accepting them and managing your RESPONSE to them….

#8: Embedding the benefits of adaptability across an organisation requires a CONSISTENCY of message and commonality of language…

Attendees networking at Beyond Winning
Attendees network in the Pelham’s Suite which overlooks the pitch at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the location of England’s World Cup victory.

 

Moving Beyond Winning…

Moving beyond winning requires individuals, teams, and organisations to question what success truly is, staying connected to something more meaningful than just the result. The key lessons shared from all our speakers shared one common ingredient – the ability, in some way or another, to adapt when needed.

We have to challenge the traditional assumptions of high performance environments and move away from the tendency to stay rigidly fixed. Instead, the modern world requires us to remain humble, stay curious, embrace diversity of thinking and encourage adaptability.

A huge thanks goes out to everyone who helped us put on a fabulous evening, from our panel to all those that attended, and we can’t wait to welcome familiar faces to our next mindflick® event…