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Understanding Understanding

Thoughts of the week

“Understanding understanding”


When looking at the definition of understanding the nouns state  the ability to understand something; comprehension” and “sympathetic awareness or tolerance”. The adjectives state “sympathetically aware of other people’s feelings; tolerant and forgiving” and “having insight or good judgement”. All of the these meanings are traits of high performing individuals, who are often in charge of something. We have have worked with, and still work with, people like this daily and it is no coincidence that they are very successful, effective and respected at what they do. 

In order to achieve big things there has to be an element of ruthlessness in the approach, especially towards who you’re competing against. If this ruthlessness carries over to the people on your side then they will very quickly pull away from you. The ability to be understanding with the people who are working with you can be so powerful when they are faced with problems, challenges and situations beyond their control. Even though this may slow the process down in the short term, it will speed it up in the long term.

There is a fine balance between understanding someones genuine issue and them being lazy, careless or complacent! In this case action needs to be taken to address and resolve whatever the issue is as soon as possible. However if you assume the latter when actually the former is the case this can cause problems later down the line as people initially respond emotionally to challenge or criticism, especially when they are falsely accused!

The more time you spend in high performance environments the better your ability to understand people will become. Experience creates expertise; the more you get the more you’ll have! Whatever area you spend most of your time in consider the above if you want to get the most out of it and remember if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together…

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Exercise of the week

Profiling | Movement screening | Single leg | Progressions
  • Single leg squat to box
  • Single leg squat on box

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Recipe of the week

Paneer stuffed pancakes w. ground turkey


  • Preheat the oven & baking dish with a little olive oil.
  • Chop broccoli, slice spring onion then add defrosted peas to the mix, transfering to baking dish.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the beaten 4 beaten eggs, skimmed milk, light cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, ground black pepper & crushed garlic. Pour over the broccoli, onion & pea filling, making sure all the vegetables are evenly distributed in the egg mixture.
  • Top the filling with more cheese smoked paprika & red chili powder.
  • Bake in the oven on a medium heat for 1 hour / until egg is set. Cool for 2 minutes, making sure serve warm. Accompany with a green salad of your choice as in picture.

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Training song of the week

Too Late – Major Look

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