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

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.

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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

 

@jack is in town, new connections, & having more than one true calling 💬 🐜 💫 #54

It’s lovely to be around so many inspiring activities happening seemingly fast. What an age to be living in!

Let’s get into it ~

@Jack Came to Visit.

It was delightful to hear @jack‘s fun & humble insights yesterday. Here are the outtakes ~

* Point of sale (POS) systems [have the potential to] organise your business – e.g. as a cafe if you move the biscotti jar and the POS shows sales have increased then you know this new layout works.

* @jack watches the team dynamic now a lot more than hiring the best/top people (he referred to a sensational engineer in early stages of Twitter who was often negative though also understood Twitter’s end to end system so if he left they wouldn’t be able to bring the system back. After he left the system did indeed go down and three others rose up to sort it …& became leaders). He now hires for team dynamic and looks for how individuals support each other. He still doesn’t always get it right.

* “Identify the things you believe in then have a lot of patience around building the things you believe in”

Good to also hear him talk about helping to bank the “unbanked” and Square’s involvement in blockchain tech (this article provides more info).

[Think you’ll like this KP. Thanks for the invite Will. Great to see you Matt 🧢 ]

Thanks for the photo @Phoriamedia

Creating Connections.

While the “Lost Connections” title didn’t draw me in, I’m rapt by this book [Thanks L.]. It refreshingly challenges many aspects and perspectives of western society, combines this with experts’ insights, data and a respectful, calm suggested approach to realistic improvements. These quotesshow the breadth and depth of the insights.

I’m more than half-way through and it’s in my top 3 books. Whoah!

The bonus of the Audible book is the author is highly engaging and the content flows easily into the next topic. It’s an audiobook that I’m drawn to keep listening to and not wanting it to end (this doesn’t always happen). Oh and another bonus is that his voice is like Jude Law’s 😉

If you’re interested in ways to enhance your life, read it.

And if you’ve friends dealing with / who’ve dealt w depression it’s worth reading to review and reframe your perspective on it. Reframing depression. It’s about time.

> 1 True Calling.

Emilie Wapnick’s “Why some of us don’t have one true calling” is excellent! By her definition I’m a “multipotentialite”. Have a watch – you may be too!

This talk is a wonderful way to empower those you know (send it to them!) who thirst for learning and don’t mind having ‘beginner’s mind’ often.

[Thanks Merv!]

What (online) has delighted / fascinated me / had me think ~

Dane at Patagonia here in Australia consistently posts interesting, on-brand insights about community, sustainable products and more. Worth a follow.
If you’re enjoying this then people you know may too. Hit forward!

I’m in catch-up mode on all the videos from NYC Crypto week & also the Boring update – what did you enjoy?

We’re doing some interesting B2B sales and growth hacking experiments at Serversaurus. I’ll include links here from what works. #CrashTestDummy 😉

*High fives!*
Sam

SamanthaBell.com.au
RunwayDigital.com

How blockchain tech broadens thinking + what has recently fascinated us online. 👌 🙌 #52

🎉🎉 2 years 🎉🎉

This email is my 52nd. Thankyou for joining in, it’s fun receiving your replies!

Here’s what I’ve recently loved seeing online:

Oh, Carter Digital httpsters, you showcase such a clever combination of digital (“http”), sustainability ease (carbon neutral) and inviting words (“fine folk” on their email list)  ~

Surely Elon is proud ~
The world’s biggest About page?
Culture Amp’s “Need” filter on their Case Studies page reminds potential customers of their products and areas of specialisation. #clever
Startup inspiration ~
#truth ~
I love it when people keep it real ~
…and when well known people reply / acknowledge comments online ~
“Shiny” and “New” is pretty fun. Well done Hipchat 🙂
…watch to the end! Thanks Pete 😅😆😎
Thanks to my surfing pal Nic for this photo taken from the surfcoast.

Fascinating thinking

I’m really enjoying seeing blockchain tech broaden people’s thinking about providing services and products in the most effective way possible. This threadtalks through the example of a John Deere tractor.

“[The tractors’] value, including their resale value, is highly dependent on the continued efforts of the manufacturer to keep that software up to date…
they are near worthless unless issuer keeps promises they made about future effort.”
~

What are you enjoying online?

Sam

SamanthaBell.com.au
RunwayDigital.com

Double Your Estimates, A Curious Mind & Voice Assistants 😎 😍 👌 #51

Double Your Estimates.

Early in my career an experienced Project Manager gave me advice that I still use: when estimating, come up with how long it’ll take then double it – that’s the number you give others. It’s surprising how often it works and how a simple equation reduces stress.

Here’s an example: you’re asked to finalise a presentation. In your mind you quickly work out that it should take you about a day. Say it’ll take 2 days.

Part of the reason it works is that it’s simple.

It recognises that the future can’t always be predicted in the moment: you may want to do something else that comes up, people may need longer to review, or a multitude of other things. It provides an opportunity to deliver early and remove unnecessary stress on those around you.

Delivering early is fun.

Curious?

OK, I know. It was only two emails ago that I declared my favourite book of the past ten years. It’s still true. This one, A Curious Mind, by Brian Grazer is nipping its heels!

Brian Grazer is an ultra-successful Hollywood Producer who promotes the role of curiosity in enjoyable and successful lives. In his twenties he deliberately met a new person each day and he explains how his 35 years of ‘curiosity conversations’ have informed so much of his work. He surprised me by talking of how he manages through curiosity: that through honestly asking questions people are empowered.

I particularly enjoyed his honesty and application of curious questions when working with actors who’s job it is to manipulate you in to believing them…

He also suggests we don’t recognise curiosity highly enough. I agree.

Let me know what you think if you read it. I’m …curious.

Thanks Caleb for the recommendation!

🎉🎉2 years 🎉🎉

The next of these emails will signify my having done so for 2 years.
Let me know what you’d like to read in celebration. Toot toot!

Be amazed.

So much is changing in the housing market [thanks Fred]:

Great reads / listens

  • Search “Burniske” (the author of CryptoAssets) on your podcasts app and many will come up. They’re probably all good. This one is a great extension to the book and also a summary of crypto assets book. [1 hour listen]
  • For the creatives ~ [thanks Nick]
    “the best way to thrive in your creative life is to pretend like you’re in Groundhog Day…”

For you / your CEO

  • If you’re wanting to quickly get up to speed on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Robert Scoble & Shel Israel’s The Fourth Transformation is a good overview. If you’ve already watched a few videos or followed VR & AR commentary, I suggest not much will be new to you. I liked learning about headsets picking up autism in children (and the potential for saving a lot of confusion).
  • Check out these fascinating comments on the current state of Voice Assistants:

Waving from an Autumnal Melbourne,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com