Andrew Meikle’s professional career began in 1988 when he was one of only 12 contracted athletes in the original Uncle Toby’s Ironman Series. Whilst he enjoyed considerable success as an ironman, the podium proved mostly elusive, and so began a quest to fully understand the dynamics of human high performance and what sets the highest achievers apart.
Andrew’s research began in the obvious place – amongst those within the Ironman world who were consistently placing in the top three – and now comprises research and interviews with thousands of high achievers in the fields of sport, science, medicine, academia, the arts, politics, the military and even faith; including such people as: Everest mountaineer - Sir Edmund Hilary, leader - Nelson Mandela (in conjunction with Centre for the Mind), Olympic medallist - Carl Lewis, evolutionary biologist - Dr Richard Dawkins, Japanese samurai master - Nishioka Sensei, Commanding Officer British Army - General Patrick Cordingley, world champion surfer - Layne Beachley, ethernet developer - Bob Metcalf, leadership & change author – Professor John Kotter, Nobel Peace Laureate - Dr Shirin Ebadi, Chief of the Australian Defence Force - General Peter Cosgrove, Zen master - Kitabu Turner, and leading legal and business figures and CEOs including David Gonski, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Gordon Cairns.
For over 20 years this research has continued and evolved to include not only individual high achievers but also ‘high performance environments’ – those places or events where the very best are stretched to their limits: the Juilliard School in New York, Australian Institute of Sport, Royal College of Music in London, Harvard Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Japanese Samurai Masters, leading scientific teams, NASA’s Phoenix Mars Mission, the British Royal Opera House, Elite Military Special Forces, LAPD SWAT, and many others.
The end result is one of the largest banks of human high performance data in the world.
Andrew’s research has been applied in organisations such as Accenture, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Gazprom Marketing & Trading, Perpetual, Woolworths, Wells Fargo, GlaxoSmithKline, Luxottica Retail, McDonald’s, Westpac Banking Corporation, Olympic Sporting Teams and many more.
Andrew has been a Visiting Fellow with the Centre for The Mind, a national think-tank investigating the emotional DNA of mentally and physically gifted individuals, based at Sydney University.
The Harvard Business School has recognised Andrew’s work, and in 2011 invited him to contribute to “The Handbook for Teaching Leadership”, one of only 30 global contributors.
Andrew lives in Sydney with his wife and two young children.