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.

Research is at the heart of everything we do.

We have been researching high achieving individuals and environments for over 20 years – resulting in one of the largest banks of data of this kind in the world – and we continue to add to this research all the time.

Our research into high performing individuals encompasses one-on-one interviews with many of the world’s pre-eminent thinkers, scientists, physicians, sports people, academics, religious leaders and artists. Many are famous, others are well known only to those within their own field – but all are highly accomplished.

Below are just a few examples of high performing individuals who form part of our research:

  • Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela

    Nobel Peace Laureate

    Former political prisoner (1962 – 1990) and President of South Africa (1994 -1999) Nelson Mandela has never wavered in his devotion to democracy, equality and learning. Despite terrible provocation, he has never answered racism with racism. His life has been an inspiration, in South Africa and throughout the world, to all who are oppressed and deprived.

  • Carl Lewis

    Carl Lewis

    Gold Medalist

    Carl Lewis, retired American track and field athlete who won 10 Olympic medals including nine gold, and 10 World Championship medals, of which eight were gold, in a career that spanned from 1979 when he first achieved a world ranking to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.

  • Patrick Cordingley

    Patrick Cordingley

    Major General

    Patrick Cordingley commanded the 7th Armoured Brigade - the Desert Rats, which numbered 12,000 during the Gulf War. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his leadership and bravery.

  • John Eales

    John Eales

    Former Wallabies Captain

    Acclaimed for his cool head in kicking a series' winning goal for Australia in the dying seconds of the 2000 Tri Nations decider, John is a legend of international rugby union.

  • Mimi Silbert

    Mimi Silbert

    Delancey Street Foundation

    In 1971 Dr Mimi Silbert founded the Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco. It is considered a model of social reform and behavioural change. The foundation takes in representatives of society’s most serious social problems as residents, and over 14,000 people from America’s underclass have successfully graduated into society as taxpaying citizens leading decent, legitimate and productive lives.

  • Shrin Ebadi

    Shrin Ebadi

    Nobel Peace Laureate

    Dr Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and founder of the Children’s Rights Support Association in Iran. On October 10, 2003, Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women’s, children’s and refugees’ rights. She is the first Iranian ever to have received the prize.

  • Vernon Kitabu Turner

    Vernon Kitabu Turner

    World Zen Master

    Poet, spiritual teacher and black-belt master of the Bushido Way, Kitabu offers clarity on the astonishing effects of self-realisation on human capacity. His story is a mix of philosophy and theory, and how his faith has been put to practical tests. As an African-American growing up in the segregated South, then at 17 moving to a gang-ridden area of New York City, Kitabu Turner decided to learn martial arts as a means of self-defence and to protect those in need. He earned a reputation on the streets of Brooklyn for his willingness to stand up to violent gang members. His legendary gift has been put to the test countless times. What makes his story unique is that Kitabu is self-taught, or rather spirit-taught.

  • Stan Tookie Williams

    Stan Tookie Williams

    Death Row Inmate & Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

    Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams was the co-founder of the Crips, one of the most notorious street gangs in the US. In 1981, he was convicted of murdering four civilians and sentenced to death. Stan denounced his life and his role as a gang leader, and wrote from prison about the harmful effects of gang life. He wrote a series of children's books that have been popular around the world for their anti-violence message, and helped to broker a truce between the Bloods and the Crips.

  • Federico Faggin

    Federico Faggin


    Dr Federico Faggin is the developer of the world’s first microprocessor, Founder and Chairman of Synaptics, Inc., a US based computer technology company. In 1996 Dr Faggin was inducted into the US national Inventors Hall of Fame.

  • Richard Dawkins

    Richard Dawkins

    Evolutionary Biologist

    As an original thinker on evolutionary theory, Professor Richard Dawkins is considered a revolutionary. He has also been described as ‘a dangerous guy… like Marx or Darwin’. Professor Dawkins is a Charles Simonyi Professor For The Understanding of Science at Oxford University and as part of this role regularly talks to the public regarding his views on the wonders of science. He is author of bestsellers including; The Selfish Gene, The Devil’s Chaplain, The God Delusion and The Greatest Show on Earth.

  • Alex Bellini

    Alex Bellini


    In 2002 and 2003 adventurer Alex Bellini crossed the track of the Iditarod (the world famous sled dog race), completely self-sufficient, by towing a sled with everything he needed for his survival. He covered 600 km finishing the race in 9 days. In 2005 Alex became the first man to cross the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean on a lone trip using a rowing boat 7.5 metres long. In 2008, Alex set out from Lima, Peru, rowing his way across the Pacific Ocean to reach Australia. Although he came agonizingly close to completing this epic goal, after spending nearly 10 months alone at sea rowing almost 18,000 kilometres, a massive storm 150 kilometres from Sydney forced him to quit his adventure.

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