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Dominic Irvine

Founding Partner Epiphanies LLP and ultra-distance cyclist

Dominic is the Founding Partner of Epiphanies LLP, a people development consultancy focused on leadership, performance and innovation. With his colleagues, Dominic has grown the practice from developing executives using coaching, to the design and facilitation of international conferences, culture change and leadership development for multinational blue chip companies across the globe. Dominic is also an ultra-distance cyclist who believes in using his business experience to drive sporting success. In May 2015, Dominic was part of the winning duo to smash the iconic Lands End to John O’Groats tandem cycling record – completing the epic challenge in a remarkable 45 hours 11 minutes and knocking five hours off the record. Dominic has co-written a book, ‘Ultra Cycling: An Expert Guide to Endurance Cycling’ with leading sports scientist, Professor Simon Jobson, which looks at how applying business principles to sport enabled two amateur athletes to succeed where Olympians had failed.
Let's Hear It For Gut

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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