Welcome to Human Performance. I'm Larry Maguire, organisational psychologist and writer on work, creativity, behaviour, and performance. I created this site to share science-backed information to help you reach your mental peak and take command of your own working life.
Whether you're just starting out on your career journey or you are a seasoned veteran, I hope that the content here helps you develop and refine the skills you need to succeed. My aim is to help you become the self-motivated, self-determined conscious agent in your own life & work.
These vital mental skills include resilience, problem-solving, decision-making, emotional regulation, and leadership. They are cultivated through the application of techniques such as self-talk, imagery, self-regulation, time in solitude and other strategies. When you take the necessary time to learn and apply them, your experience of the world, others, and yourself will change for the better.
I'd like to break down how that looks, but first, who am I?
A Bit of Background
At the time of writing, I'm just about the right side of fifty. I hold an honours BA in psychology from Du8blin Business School and a Master's in Work & Org Psychology from DCU Business School. I am a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland, a member of the Association of Coaching, and have been self-employed since I was 25. I live in Dublin with my wife Joanne and our three kids.
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Peak Performer is a community for current and aspiring self-employed people dedicated to personal development and peak performance in their work. Connect to like-minded sportspeople, solo workers and business owners, develop your mental skillset, and help each other find clarity and direction in daily work using the science of psychology.
Becoming The Performatist
The Performatist is the one who makes a dent in their own private corner of the world. It is a person who becomes an active, autonomous agent in their own work and life experience yet capable of engaging and working successfully with others. It is the experience of what Maslow called Peak Experience and what Csikszentmihalyi termed Flow. Through the application of psychological skills, we begin to command our own daily work for its own sake, for the inherent enjoyment we derive from it. The aim of the content here is to promote a state of being whereby each of us becomes The Performatist. Rather than being pushed around and dictated to by the dominant social narrative, we instead apply the principles of the psychology of human performance to act purposefully, command our own work, and perform to our own personally written script to healthy positive growth-oriented ends.
My Best Content
When you become a regular subscriber and reader, you can look forward to in-depth science-backed content detailing the operative components involved in human behaviour and high performance. I'll dig into contemporary theories and research on performance, behaviour science, creativity, and work psychology. We'll explore proven practices for delivering the best results and offer you real-world solutions to your everyday challenges. Here are the primary content topics we'll cover.
Primary Content Topics
The podcast focuses on the psychology of human performance. It's hosted on directly on this site and distributed to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and everywhere good podcasts are played. I'll be discussing the components of human performance and introduce you to research experts on a regular basis. Listen on your favourite player below to get each new episode.
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I regularly publish new articles on the art and science of human performance. Topics include creativity, behaviour, performance, daily work, and the self. Enter your details to get it to your inbox.
- Read articles on the psychology of human performance and apply what you learn.
- Listen to the podcast to reinforce your learning.
- Join the community
- Consume lots of books on behaviour & performance.
- Subscribe to the Human Performance newsletter.
- Book a One-to-One Consultation or find out more about coaching.
Finally, a guarantee; the content here is for your information and my own personal enjoyment in writing. There is no hard sell, and I will never promote or peddle your information to third parties. I will recommend to you books and other content that supports the content here, and I will occasionally offer you my own books and other products – that will be its extent. My efforts are foremost to write on topics that have captured my interest and to give you information that can possibly help you. If you choose to take the next step and engage me further, I'd be delighted with the opportunity to work with you.
Regards for now