How to get ahead in the office – with help from Team GB’s psychologists

How to get ahead in the office – with help from Team GB’s psychologists

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Dr Chris Shambrook and his colleagues have helped turn Britain’s rowing team into a medal factory. Could the same methods help you win gold at work?

Be it a pool table in the office, beers on Friday or a nap room, the business world is constantly searching for the next psychological nudge to improve performance. Now, managers are turning to sports psychology to find the answers. This is the thinking behind Performance Fest, a corporate away day set up by PlanetK2, a group of Team GB psychologists.

The day’s events ranged from Brazilian drumming to dance choreography to martial arts sessions. I sat down with Dr Chris Shambrook, a sports psychologist who has worked with the British rowing team for five consecutive Olympic Games (a team that won three gold medals and two silvers at Rio 2016). Here, he explains the lessons that businesses can learn from great athletes.

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