[Video] Clap for our Carers


This briefing is dedicated to thanking brilliant people all over the world who are caring for others during the coronavirus pandemic. In recognition of the fantastic work of the NHS in the UK we wanted to share some insights from those Brilliant Minds we know, who are working on the front line.

Join Professor Martin Elliott as he explains how perpetual improvement comes from data transparency and how life in medicine is a continuous negotiation with risk. Listen to Iain Hennessey explain how successful surgeons differentiate between normal and subconscious fear. Learn from Dr. Neslyn Watson-Druée as she explains how doing the right thing can sometimes mean that you won’t be liked by everyone. And finally, gain inspiration from Professor Elaine Fox as she explains that giving yourself a bit more control in your everyday life can result in a more optimistic outlook.

Finally, don’t forget to show your appreciation for doctors, nurses, other healthcare professionals and all of our carers across the country who dedicate their lives for others at 8pm tonight by ‘Clapping for our Carers’.

Professor Martin Elliott – Internationally Renowned Surgeon
Iain Hennessey – Clinical Director of Innovation at Alder Hey
Dr. Neslyn Watson-Druée – High Performance Executive Coach
Prof. Elaine Fox – Director of the Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience

[Video] Navigating uncertain times


Since our beginning in 2014, Brilliant Minds has brought you the best insights from leading performance experts, adventurers, sports stars and high achievers – and from a diverse array of industries and backgrounds ranging from consumer, to healthcare, to finance, to entertainment. In an attempt to help you navigate the uncertainty that is upon us we have selected a few clips that we hope give you some helpful insights in this difficult time.

Dr. Frank Dick OBE – Performance Specialist, Coach & International Motivational Speaker
Prof. Elaine Fox – Director of the Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience
Alan Chambers MBE – Polar Adventurer, Former Royal Marine & Motivational Speaker
Dr. Guy Meadows – The ‘UK’s Leading Sleep Expert’ and Co-Founder of The Sleep School
Neil Thubron – Executive Coach, Sales Consultant and Motivational Speaker

[Video] Tackling honest business conversations

[Video] Finding purpose in a second career

[Video] Top 10 Highlights from Brilliant Minds 2019


2019 was a particularly exciting year as new celebrities joined the Brilliant Minds stable, including David Coulthard, Lawrence Dallaglio, Lord Sebastian Coe and Ed Balls. They added to a library of 1250+ clips from 130 Brilliant Minds experts sharing insights and inspiration to help you succeed in your career, in business and in life. Here is a look back at our top 10 clips of 2019.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from the HTL team.


David Coulthard MBE – Translating Formula One skills to entrepreneurial success


Lawrence Dallaglio OBE – Scenario planning helps ensure you “get back on the helicopter”


Professor Jo Delahunty QC – How to be an authentic leader


Steve McCulley – “I came to terms with dying in an irrigation ditch in Afghanistan”


James Pearce – BBC news tip: human element is critical in storytelling


Katharine Merry – Team building – No one is successful on their own


Iain Hennessey – How robots help restricted children attend school


Dr. Kevin Dutton – Introduction to Elite cognition


Professor Elaine Fox – Our cognitive biases are embedded in sand not rock


Neil Thubron – External purpose critical to achieving big goals

[Video] How to tell compelling stories


Every corporate wants to tell its story, yet many are simply bad at it, churning out safe corporate messaging that do not cut through in the highly competitive market for attention. Protagonists. Antagonists. Surprises. This week we’ve bought together story telling experts to share tips on the key elements of great stories.

James Pearce: Journalist, BBC Sport Presenter & Olympic Games Correspondent
Richard Brimblecombe: Classically Trained Actor, Facilitator & Personal Coach
Nick Cook: Aerospace & Defence Industry Consultant, Corporate Storyteller & Author


[Video] Surviving the Maelstrom (how to maintain composure)


According to Lord Coe, when the going gets tough, there are no shortcuts or easy ways out. You’ll need to have your own self defensive mechanisms to manage these pressures. In this briefing four high performers share advice on maintaining composure, and dealing with mistakes and failure.

Lord Sebastian Coe CH KBE: President of the IAAF, Olympic Gold Medallist & Former MP
Helen Glover – Olympic Gold Medallist & Number One Female Rower in the World
Ed Balls: Former Labour Politician and Cabinet Minister, Broadcaster and Writer
Gavin Hewitt – Writer, Broadcaster & Former Chief Correspondent at BBC News


[Video] Harnessing the power of elite cognition


Sports science shows that when elite players are compared to non-elite players, the gap in mental performance is huge. So when we turn to the business world, the under-trained area of cognition is ripe for large gains to be made. So what is elite cognition? And how do you train it?

Dr. Kevin Dutton – Research Psychologist & Expert on the Science of Social Influence
Prof. Elaine Fox – Director of the Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience
Dr. Steve Ingham – World Leading Performance Scientist & Keynote Speaker
Lawrence Dallaglio OBE – Former Wasps, England & The British Lions Rugby Player

[Video] Getting back on the helicopter