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Dominic Irvine

Founding partner of Epiphanies LLP

Founding partner of Epiphanies LLP

Let's Hear It For Gut Feel

After the First World War, much work was done to find a way to measure fatigue but it was deemed such a subjective concept as to be impossible to develop any meaningful way of objectively measuring it.
06/03/2017 13:38 GMT

The Business Of Fatigue

It turns out that's not quite the case. The evidence emerging from research is that mental fatigue is the controlling variable in physical performance rather than purely physical factors. Your tolerance for exercise is impacted by how mentally tired you are.
02/11/2016 12:32 GMT

The Jingle Jangle of Resilience

In the absence of clarity from the literature, you will need to define what you mean by the terms you use and be consistent. In so doing, you will avoid the jingle jangle nonsense that dominates resilience.
09/09/2016 16:00 BST

In Control in Spite of the Facts

As a client once said to me, I don't mind if the ambush is going to come from somewhere as long as I know that's the case. It's when you think you will be ambushed ahead and it comes from behind that frustrates you. Secondly, the real lesson from Brexit is do it with people don't do it to people. Working with the EU is something we will need to do together and not have done to us.
25/07/2016 09:36 BST

Wash Your Hands of Behaviour Change

Never has 'to wash your hands' of the problem been so apt. The clues to organisational behaviour can be found in the humble paper towel.
02/06/2016 11:54 BST

The Nonsense of High Performance

High performance is a truly special state achieved by very few and within a clearly defined context. It's a worthwhile thing to aspire towards achieving but let's not be naive in thinking it's possible for everyone.
06/04/2016 11:54 BST

Reflections on Business From the Andes

I sat in a meeting this morning facilitating a difficult discussion, wishing I could have bottled the experience in the Andes to share with these people. That selfless desire to help others succeed and the determination to do something incredible was a heady mixture.
10/03/2016 15:11 GMT

A Flight of Fancy - The Future of Learning

The world of business is missing a trick. The greater use of simulation to help improve people's skills could lead to substantial improvements in performance. We should learn the lessons from other sectors.
11/01/2016 11:01 GMT

Sleep on It

When talking about sleep deprivation, we're not talking about days staying awake. It's about the impact of something as simple as a long day. If you were to get up at 6am, by the time midnight comes round on the same day your reaction speed will have slowed, both short and long term memory will be affected.
10/12/2015 09:57 GMT

Does mental toughness have any place at work?

With the recent news of AB InBev's takeover deal being accepted by the SABMiller board, there will be many in both businesses who will be anxious about their futures. Expressions such as 'Toughen-up' or 'deal with it' hardly seem helpful. And yet, surviving what will be an intense period of uncertainty surely requires some sort of mental resilience?
13/10/2015 14:22 BST

Success Has Many Parents, Failure's an Orphan

Would I have preferred to break the record the first time round? Of course! I wouldn't wish the pain, anguish, doubt and sense of failure on anyone else. That said, success is all the sweeter and my insights all the richer from the failure. If you can embrace your failure you simply can't be a loser. And that for me, above all else is the most important lesson.
20/05/2015 14:53 BST

Breaking a World Record

At 03:41:02 on Thursday 7th May 2015 the wheel of our tandem bike crossed the finish line in John O'Groats, 842 miles and 45 hours, 11 minutes and 2 seconds after leaving Land's End. We had smashed the long standing record last set in 1966 by over 5 hours, a record that had withstood many previous attempts including two of my own. We had ridden almost non-stop through wind, rain, sleet with tail-winds, cross-winds and head-winds.
20/05/2015 10:45 BST

"What's wrong with these people?" - Part 2

Those of you with bad habits - like buying a chocolate bar when you fill up the car with fuel, or in the habit of drinking every night, will testify how hard it is to break the routine.
10/03/2015 13:53 GMT