Dominic Irvine
Founding partner of Epiphanies LLP

Entries by Dominic Irvine

Forget Talent, Focus on Hard Work

(0) Comments | Posted 17 May 2016 | (11:47)


It's still written on the whiteboard next to where my static bike lives. The previous night I was sitting at the dinner table, despondent, complaining about how hard it was to complete the training necessary to achieve my cycling ambition - to be...

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The Nonsense of High Performance

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2016 | (09:15)

The nonsense of high performance

How good a driver are you? Ask any group of drivers and almost all will rate themselves above average. If that's the case, who are all the bad drivers out there? Ask a manager if he's good at his job and almost all will tell...

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Reflections on Business From the Andes

(0) Comments | Posted 10 March 2016 | (11:48)


'Lookie' sat next to his bike on the side of the Argentinean motorway in tears. He had reached the end of his tether. Haunted by the memory of a car smashing into him two years previously and overwhelmed by the volume and...

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Resilience - Tears of Frustration

(0) Comments | Posted 11 February 2016 | (09:15)

It was New Year's Eve, 1985. I was 17 years old and on my own in the Lake District High Fells. The weather had closed in and the snow was falling heavily. It was a white out. A bitterly cold icy wind was blowing and moisture was freezing on the...

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A Flight of Fancy - The Future of Learning

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2016 | (10:36)

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.

The Paediatric Consultant looked around the ward. Things were quiet. Placing the child dummy on the bed...

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Sleep on It

(0) Comments | Posted 8 December 2015 | (14:11)

How would you feel if the doctor about to operate on you, yawning, admitted he or she had had a terrible night's sleep. Or knowing the pilot about to fly you on holiday or for work has just flown back-to-back flights in very demanding conditions and is shattered. You're probably...

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All Present and Correct: The Impact of 'Presenteeism'

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2015 | (11:09)

It's the season to be merry, or rather it's the season of coughing, sneezing and that horrible aching sensation so typical of flu. So many of us, when feeling under the weather will struggle into work and do the best we can. We may not be 100% but we do...

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Who wants to be best practice? Not me!

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2015 | (15:53)

It was a leading fashion house that stunned me with their thinking. Their brief was simple, "We lead fashion. We don't follow it. This is our culture. We don't want best practice in leadership development - we want leading practice." It turned my own thinking on its head. Rather than...

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Does mental toughness have any place at work?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 October 2015 | (14:06)

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...

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Lessons for Sport from Business

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2015 | (12:09)

For a 47 year old business man who spends his life working with companies around the world and a hobby of participating in ultra distance cycling events, it's been one hell of a year. Following a decade or more of mediocre results in a variety of sporting events, this year,...

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C'Mon Be Serious! You've No Chance...

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (16:18)

The business of performance

It's not the greatest recipe for the composition of a team trying to break one of the oldest records in cycling - the tandem Lands End to John O'Groats record. Despite repeated assaults, this 49 year old record has resolutely resisted assaults by truly gifted athletes...

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Success Has Many Parents, Failure's an Orphan

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2015 | (10:44)

Lessons from failure and success

Supported by a fantastic team, my riding partner Charlie Mitchell and I broke the 49 year old record for cycling non-stop from Land's End to John O'Groats on a tandem, shaving over 5 hours of the record to complete the 842 miles in 45 hours...

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Breaking a World Record

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2015 | (09:51)

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...

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"Well I Never Knew That!" - Uncovering Hidden Talents

(0) Comments | Posted 2 April 2015 | (10:03)

I remember it well, it was one of those casual throwaway comments "When I rowed the Atlantic...." The very enjoyable conversation with this self-deprecating chap suddenly became a whole lot more interesting. As we probed away, revelation upon revelation of a remarkable past emerged that left us speechless and dumbfounded....

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

(0) Comments | Posted 9 March 2015 | (16:45)

The cold light of day

"I can't believe I did that!" Ever had that sensation, when you look back and wonder what the hell happened? In the cold light of day it seems so stupid. It might be as simple as eating far too much despite your every intention...

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"What's wrong with these people?" - Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2015 | (09:24)

"What's wrong with these people?" Frustrated at the drivers' seeming inability to stop rescanning all the parcels prior to loading the vans, the IT director of a logistics company had his head in his hands in despair. In the cold light of day it seemed incomprehensible to him that they...

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Innovating Value

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2015 | (13:02)

Value is an oft used word in business. We need to create 'value'. But rarely do we take the time and ask ourselves, what do we actually mean by value? From a business perspective the value that matters is that which the consumer deems valuable. In this article I'm looking...

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Lessons from water and lemons: Open Innovation

(1) Comments | Posted 27 January 2015 | (09:53)


There was a time when people believed that cholera was transmitted through the air. This belief was very strongly held, even when the evidence was overwhelming that it was transmitted through water, and many people died unnecessarily as a result. The same thing happened with scurvy, a disease common...

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Productively Lazy?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 January 2015 | (08:36)

You could be forgiven for thinking that we in the UK are a lazy bunch.

The bank-run on Northern Rock in 2007 heralded the start of the Great Recession and since then labour productivity in the United Kingdom has been remarkably weak. Whole economy output per hour stands some 16%...

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It's Not About Teamwork

(1) Comments | Posted 8 December 2014 | (11:13)

Can you believe it? They had promised the customer they would get the work done and they hadn't done it. As one of the partners in the business, I soaked up the criticism from the customer and accepted blame and promised to get it sorted. I listened with boredom to...

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