New Board Members, Flexible Teams & Refreshing Websites 🌏🎳🖱 #60

Stronger Strategy: Two New Board Seats

Imagine having two seats at your organisation’s board table or your project’s board – one for the planet and one for the children.

In the prince2 project methodology a board is an equal number of customers and supplier representatives – that is, people who’ll receive the result of the project and those supplying the bits to bring it to be. I’ve seen this work well as the two important stakeholders have a voice.

Throw in the planet and the children and BOOM we’ve got the future represented. So simple. So sweet.

Thanks to BFry for the origin of these thoughts – prompted by this podcast {really worth a listen – go beyond the different language used and listen to the end}

 

refreshing runwaydigital.com

We’re improving our online sites: runwaydigital.com, samanthabell.com.au, LinkedIn, other social media, better displaying our free resources & frameworks, refining our systems to distribute information and updating our products and services for you.

What do you like? What would you like to see? Shoot us ideas. Thanks

My aim is for brevity, clean design, clear credibility, interesting offerings, and having sites we use as examples to inspire others.

Thanks to Kimberley & Ryan for the inspiration and insight.

quick LinkedIn upgrade

I’ve a new LinkedIn look. It only took a few minutes thanks to quick creative from Canva (so simple!). Thanks to Fabien for the tip of the colourful ring around the profile photo to standout in a LinkedIn search.

 

What’s happening online?

Focused, fascinating & humane insights on leading virtual, flexible teams by Tim Buzza. #agile #lean #trust #remotework #highperformance #selforganising #futureofwork #tealorganisation #communication #inclusion #adaptable #mindset

Why you should make useless things.

Go Gus!

Nice one Sammartino ~

Wonderful footage of big mountain skiing with friends. Thanks Daffy.

Thanks FB newsfeed eradicator for this quote:

What’s happening in your world?

As always, wishing you well,
Sam

Audacious leadership, free resources & Sophia the robot 🙌🍴👥 #59

 

Audacious Leadership

Amongst current organisational terminology of lean, agile and service or human centred design, there’s a missing piece: audacious leadership.

That is, believing in and having conviction on a seemingly impossible idea, knowing that the context around the idea may change in time towards the idea being possible, trusting your gut instinct that drives you, and having the courage to take inspired action.

I’ve often seen the result of these activities: surprise, delight, shock and awe that something that seemed impossible was… indeed… possible.

Elon Musk attracts many world-wide fans. So many of his plans seem audacious.

What’s your audacious idea?

Get in touch if you want help planning how to make it a reality. It’d be great to see you fly.

You can do it! Go Left.

What’s happening online?

We’ve a new “free resources” page. First version. More to come.

Tips for being open-minded.

As always, the Australia Instagram has me chuckling:

Amazing photo – fascinating too!

Keeping it real ~

Sophia might start sweating?

Have fun,
Sam
SamanthaBell.com.au
RunwayDigital.com

Trust, Business Growth & Optimising Sales 😍 😎 💪 #58

Trust, growth and optimising sales

In Dan Pink’s “To Sell is Human” book he mentioned we’re now all in sales.

In the past few weeks I’ve been optimising a system to connect clients with large volumes of relevant potential customers. It could be called sales.

In refining this system, I’ve realised that now there is a massive opportunity to quickly find people online who connect with you as an individual – to find the people who will be inspired to quickly become customers, be ultra-helpful in sharing your business via word of mouth, as well as helping find answers.

The thing is, now you can connect with anyone. You don’t want to be connected to everyone. Business is fast and there are loads of messages, notifications and as the volume increases, people increasingly look for people they trust.

Being connected to highly relevant people who ‘get’ your way of thinking, your values/philosophies, your work and style… people who trust you… means you can quickly gain answers, do business together, ask for connections to potential customers and more.

LinkedIn and other social media services provide quick messaging. If you’re connected with highly relevant and engaged people you have less noise in your network and you can quickly message and create progress.

And that’s the key!

I’ve been saying for years: grow your relevant online audience, find your “niche-niche” people – the very select group of people in the world who know and respect you. Don’t bulk up your LinkedIn connections for the sake of likes and numbers, grow your relevant audience so you connect and engage with people who’ll take action.

Start now – type in a topic of interest in LinkedIn search and refine the search to your city. Click on ten profiles, read their summaries and if you’re inspired by what you read and see, hit connect. (Leave the others.) When connecting, include a message that explains why you’re interested in their perspective and what you’d like to learn from them. Be real and honest!

Repeat the process. Aim for 10-50 messages a week. Go! Discover your international peers and future colleagues.

Time is of the essence and fast progress is within your reach.

You don’t yet know the gains you’ll have in the future…

Tim B – thx again for the excellent session & sharing this post.
Cam – yesterday’s chat inspired this!

This is Giles’ post that explains the automation tool for LinkedIn connections and messages, combined with LinkedIn Sales Navigator and a few other tools. We’ve refined this slightly and tailor it for relevant audiences.

If you want to connect with more highly relevant people / customers, book in a session with me.

Enjoy these online treats ~

Fabulous, brand-relevant heading on Bitly’s recent questionnaire:

Succinct and engaging words (great example whether or not you’re wanting to raise cash for your business):

Fun quote (via the Facebook newsfeed eradicator!):

Another on business culture: “The Heartbeat” by Fred Wilson – I love the opening line “The best companies I work with have a heartbeat, they operate on a pace and a cadence and a rhythm that is…”

I’ve been working with website hosting company, Serversaurus. Here are a few of the tips I’ve picked up about website hosting.

Just in case you’re listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast I’ve recommended and can’t bear the first few minutes, know that I generally skip the first four minutes so I’m straight into the introduction and interview. May that be useful!

Wishing you well,
Sam

SamanthaBell.com.au
RunwayDigital.com

Where is your website (and where is it going)?

By Runway Digital Capt’n, Sam Bell

Image credit.

We’ve been working with a BCorp*, webhosting company called Serversaurus. We became their customer 5 years ago, attracted by their values, quality, results-orientated culture and customer care (which is highly responsive and awesome).

If you have a website or are thinking of getting one, here are the practical, website hosting insights I’ve recently learnt that may help:

1. Hosting can be cheap. When there’s an issue, quality support counts.

Don’t go cheap on something that could have issues that need immediate attention. If you can’t reach the call centre urgently or can’t understand the operator, your stress levels may rise. A caring person on the other end of the call or chat matters.

Remember this can be: your website goes down, your site is no longer secure and you can’t work out how to fix it, you crash your site, an unknown reason crashes your site, you need a quick backup restored….

Get great support in advance for these moments. Look after yourself and your team.

Btw, since 2006 we’ve used cheap and expensive hosting providers, including Bluehost, Hostgator, Melbourne IT, and Go Daddy.

2. Many people change their website hosting when there’s an issue or their host lets them down. Such a shame!

These days no-one needs their site to be offline… ever. Please don’t wait for issues with your website or data. Migrate to a fantastic supplier.

Having been a customer for 5 years, we’re in awe of Serversaurus quick response, their ability to go beyond the extra mile for customers and their 100% uptime. Incredible hey?

3. Btw, website / data migrations can… suck.

‘scuse the slang. Serversaurus’ Migration Directors are Mackenzie, Nick, or Marty. They kindly watch the transfers, directs and updates you on progress. Phew. So good. (We experienced it when we moved from Bluehost.)

4. When migrating make sure your website backlinks and relevant, highly-valuable data is retained.

Don’t lose your SEO data. I’ve heard of websites that brought in extremely high value sales who migrated, lost their links and their sales leads stopped – 100’s of ’000s of $’s of sales.

If you’re migrating and creating a new website, chat w the Serversaurus crew and/or make sure your developer knows what files to backup and move across.

Hold on to your old hosting account until you’re happy that your site(s), your email addresses and other data is working as you’d expect.

5. People don’t realise that hosting with Amazon/AWS or other international providers can mean their data isn’t in Australia.

I like the idea of of knowing where our data is. We hadn’t realised that storing data with international organisations meant my data could be anywhere in the world. Serversaurus is based in Australia with data stored in Melbourne and Brisbane, plus they support big and little sites. Oh yeah!

May your online experiences delight,

Sam

* Relevant links:

What’s a BCorp?

Serversaurus – their sweet spot is digital & creative agencies, festivals, superannuation, social impact and education providers and they’re growing into other arenas. Oh yeah.

Quick connections, Engaging LinkedIn & Clever Devices 💗 😎 🌟 #57

QuickConnect Someone!

This my great friend Kimberley and me looking chuffed on my first day in Bali. Our fortnight there was so full of fascinating experiences and great work outcomes, wonderful conversations, incredible food, exploring (❤️North Bali), learning, hugs, grins, kindness, new friends, increasing mutual understanding and of course increasing ESP / shared intuition as has happened for both of us for years. To truly, unconditionally love and understand another gives such richness to and gratitude in life.

As I deepen friendships and let some friendships go, I’m reflecting on the incredible gift given in introducing and recommending someone to another. The gift of your intuition, a gift of possible deep understanding, of a combination of shared interests and fascinations.

Introducing someone is so special. These days it’s so easy – a message between people on Facebook messenger, LinkedIn messages, email,… sometimes it’s as simple as ~

“You two are awesome. Coffee! 😄

Highly relevant, curated experiences, insight and people is what can make face to face and online experiences so rich. Help others to find their people.

I’ve also reflected on the awe-inspiring steps it took to meet someone as special as Kimberley and how it might have not happened.

Thankyou to Priscilla who introduced me to Gravbrot Lodge in the 90’s, to Barb & Randy Reusch, the Boxers and Paul for the inspiration to do Mark Impey’s skiing clinic in ’09 in Red Mountain (where I met Kimberley), to Michel for her Bali haven, to K’s Dad for his integrity (inspiration) and to Ms Kim for her everything. x

[btw HBBFry ❤😄]

What has enthralled and delighted you online recently?

Enjoy these gems ~
Nick’s engaging LinkedIn profile. Could it be because of the deep blue image? 😁

I’ll be watching this one again [thanks Rossco and Eddie]. Chris Dancy on taking your devices to another level.

On the way out of Bali a lot of ash went into the air and my flight was delayed so I was attracted to this image with the “STUCK IN BALI” heading. It was great to see officials, businesses and locals trying to provide clear advice on what to do while it was unclear when the airport would re-open. Quick pickup headings like this work so well.

Enjoy the *connections*,
Sam

SamanthaBell.com.au
RunwayDigital.com

10X-ing, the Strategic Advisor + Performance Coach & discovering digital gold 🚀 🌌 💰#56

Winter has chilled Melbourne in the past week with over 1m of snow falling on my beloved Mt Hotham hills.

I’m writing from Bali, visiting a dear friend temporarily living here and celebrating my (tropical) birthday next week. The lush green surrounds are relaxing and as always the food is stylishly presented and scrumptious. It brings a grin to my face seeing so much life, relaxing on the shores at sunset.

May all be well in your environs.

_____

I’ve been working with three organisations to have them become more focused and agile. Interesting the topic of conversation has increasingly been about roles – new roles at that.

Here are the insights ~

The Strategic Advisor + Performance Coach

I find working with high performing leaders fascinating and rewarding. Being in strategic conversations, using natural instinct to hone people’s aspirations into realistic business plans and actions, clearing their way when needed, seeing individuals fly and surprise themselves – it’s good fun.

Recently clients have been wondering ~

a) how growing organisations with high performers set themselves up to ‘self organise’ – the impossible dream that may be possible – where individuals can be self-led in a culture and environment that has them progress, perform, develop, enjoy life,…

b) what high performers need to succeed

c) how to differentiate an organisation to attract high performers

In high performance environments trust can be built quickly as people deliver what they say they’re going to, or maturely communicate and reset if they can’t, and agility can happen in part because individuals know what they’re fascinated by and what they’re good at, and communication can be direct with this undercurrent of respect and vision alignment.

When people are operating in these environs, new ways are required to support their progress, enjoyment and development.

Instinctively, and from experience, one of the solutions is having access to strong and respected supporters, guides, leaders and trusted peers to listen, to suggest practical solutions, and nudge (kindly, sometimes strongly).

Such people can use their intuition to sense what the person needs to gain progress (as an individual AND in their projects/activities/organisations), so they feel heard, supported, weight lifted off their shoulders, understood, appreciated, have clear direction and more.

Cue: [some aspects of] Wendy from the show “Billions” who’s known for contributing value that correlates directly to the company’s great success.

She’s a strategic advisor and performance coach who meets with individuals at set and spontaneous times and does all of the above. She’s there when needed to uplift performance and outcomes and involved in strategic decisions, planning and is constantly aligning people’s direction to the detailed vision.

In high performance environments people are motivated to improve so tailored support makes a difference. Perhaps your organisation could do with a character(s) like this?

(Hey Aussies, you can watch Billions on Stan)

The Digital Researcher role.

For close to ten years I’ve encouraged clients to engage a Digital Researcher in their organisation: a person who can track and explore trends, emerging tech, products and new entrants via relevant forums and sites such as Kickstarter, social media and their (expanding) wide network of industry and market experts. As delivery becomes faster / instantaneous, having a person delivering these insights (and inspiring others to do so) seems obvious. I’ve often worked with wise Eddie Harran to provide these services for clients.

Opening up to opportunities and being aware of the risks is good business. Get started!

Your role in this research

Being connected to what fascinates you as an individual affords a natural tendency to the research just mentioned.

An organisation of aligned individuals, all contributing insights to what’s happening, what’s coming and highlighting risks to be mitigated sounds great to me.

What has enthralled you online recently?

Enjoy these gems ~

10X your thinking. Sounds simple. It could be!

This may have you believing your BIG ideas are possible and lead you in to protecting your crazy thinking.

I love the idea of running fast with experience and instinct – perhaps that means checking business cases/plans at the door of the “crazy factory of your organisation” and getting on with bringing your moonshots to life.

There’ll be more of this happening in the future. “Here’s to the crazy ones”, hey Steve Jobs?

“This is a very short, roughly 10-minute, episode. It explains how to ..escape incremental thinking and think truly BIG. I loved it so much that I now listen to it on a regular basis as a reminder. Perhaps you’ll end up doing the same…. Astro is currently Captain of Moonshots (CEO) of X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory for building magical, audacious ideas that, through science and technology, can be brought to reality.” Tim Ferriss

I’m excited. Thanks Claire 🙂

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” — John Cage 

Thanks Derek.I love that Andō posted a reply – you may be interested to become a patron..

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Hey Aussies – I hope you meet James ~

Have fun,
Sam

SamanthaBell.com.au
RunwayDigital.com