The Steering Point Newsletter

Welcome to the Steering Point Newsletter where we aim to bring you the best and most relevant performance advice there is. This mission begins with The 1% Podcast, a source of insights and lessons from some of the best thinkers in their field of performance. We also try to make the best writing on performance available to you with two weekly articles written by the Steering Point team.

16-02-2024

What We Recorded

Behind the Music, Beyond the Mind – Daniel Levitin’s Masterclass on Sound and Successful Ageing

Daniel Levitin is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, bestselling author and musician whose work encompasses music, the brain, health, productivity and creativity. He is the Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at Minerva University in San Francisco and Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal.

He is the author of the best-selling books This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind, A Field Guide to Lies and Successful Aging (published in the UK as The Changing Mind). He has published more than 300 articles, in publications that include Science, Nature, PNAS, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal.

As a musician, he has performed with the likes of David Byrne and Sting, has released two solo albums, produced and consulted on albums by artists including Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell, and has been awarded 17 gold and platinum records.

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Podcast Highlights

2 Myths About the Human Brain

Dr. Daniel Levitin shares two myths about the human brain that he finds particularly misleading.

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Brain Health Tips for Ageing Prevention

“I try to push myself outside of my comfort zone, I recognise from brain science that after the age of 60 we tend to become less exploratory and become risk averse..”

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How Our Brains are Affected by Routine

“There’s something magic about routine…I like work and rest cycles and I think also sleep, as you get older, is very important and we’re finding every few weeks there’s new evidence that a number of incidents of Alzheimers were misdiagnosed…”

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What We Wrote

Employee Retention: the Hows and Whys

“Managers need help with three things. First, in helping shift the focus of career conversation from promotion to progression, including allowing employees to develop in different directions. Two, in creating a culture and structure that supports career experiments. Three, in shifting the focus from retaining employees in their specific team, to retaining employees in their entire organisation.”

By Steering Point Partner & Founder, Shay Dalton

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Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

“The concept of “imposter syndrome”… is described as the feeling of “phoniness in people who believe that they are not intelligent, capable or creative despite evidence of high achievement.” They say these people “are highly motivated to achieve,” but also “live in fear of being ‘found out’ or exposed as frauds.”

By Steering Point Partner & Founder, Shay Dalton

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What We Read

How does the brain keep time? It may rely on the body

How to deal with negative emotional triggers

5 Unusual Ways to Be More Financially Stable This Year