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

Creating Online Energy, Rejection Therapy (Whaaa?) & Getting Brilliant People to Surprise Themselves 🌟 💭 💎#53

Create Online Energy.

Regularly meeting new people who’ve contacted me to meet-up brings a vibrancy to these emails that I hadn’t predicted. I’m usually on a high on the return walk where I’m jotting down tips or ideas discussed or topics that have reappeared from other conversations – showing these topics are something I’m wanting to explore or refine.

I’ve found 1-2 hours a week to meet new people without an agenda provides an invaluable space to reflect, think out loud, learn, connect with relevant people and open up.

We chat about things like self driving cars transporting mini veggie gardens (!!), new local eateries, improving mental health via new platforms, the richness of human connections, what’s happening in Australia and internationally in the digital / business / customer experience / service design / innovation / blockchain / growth hacking / future arenas, how to help each other’s work, make helpful business contacts and so much more.

In the past I’d take time to check my diary for free space, research and evaluate meeting someone. Now that time is spent in the meeting discussion – made even easier by sending my Calendly link so others organise the meetings – GOLD! Sometimes I research the person online as I’m walking to the meeting, sometimes I don’t – there’s always connections to make.

In some of the meeting I may have the LinkedIn app open to connect them with relevant people on the spot so I’ve nothing to do afterwards. “Breeeeathe…”

Often we’ll be so fascinated with a variety of topics that we leave each other with a hug and a massive grin.

If you’re thinking about Calendly, here are my setup tips ~

  • (Calendly is linked to my Google Calendar via my gmail account)
  • Make the link fun & engaging for people. In my Description/Instructions I’ve added: “Go to Patricia’s on the corner of Little Bourke and Little William Streets (www.patriciacoffee.com.au) and I’ll magically appear.  I’m [my phone number] if you need me.  “magically appear” is thanks to Matt Allen – it works!
  • I’ve up to 2 coffee meetings a week.
  • 45 minute meetings – for focus (with transit, it’s roughly an hour).
  • Ask for the person’s phone number in the meeting setup.
  • Meeting venue is one I love + available times are when the cafe is quieter = shorter queues and more space.

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Rejection Therapy!

Jules Lund is fast-becoming the Aussie-accented @GaryVee which is great to see. Yesterday’s short video showed the surprising gains from having regular courage to request things from others and open up. Who knows what could happen! GO!

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

Tobias‘ sudden explosion into hightop making ~

The way Fitzroy Academy’s course trailer, playing on fitzroyacademy.com, had me pausing other things to watch it. How good is that!

The idea of getting “brilliant people to surprise themselves” – thanks Fred Wilson.


Newsletter intrigue and fun from CHE ~

The timely & kind email from BlueBoat before the end of the financial year.

What could you send?

This fascinating read on the realities of the sometimes tough role as a founder and the sweetness too ~

How sweet is food ~

Set yourself up to win! ~

The amazing feeling of slow motion ~

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What do you want to see next?

Have a fascinating fortnight!
Sam

SamanthaBell.com.au
RunwayDigital.com

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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.”
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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

Something thrilling. #50

When you’ve written 50 emails, one per fortnight,
there may be nothing more to be said.

There again…

The Relationship between Humans and the Creative Mystery. 

In this TED talk there’s mention of a poet running from the field to the house to get a pencil and paper to capture a poem that has just come to them. That was a 80 years ago when there was less of a focus on the “me” creating. Lately I’ve referred to this a few times and how it lightens self-focus.

Elizabeth Gilbert presents this fascinating topic of creativity with elegantly combined examples and threads. It may be worth your time:

Rural and Regional Call Centres. Bring it ON!

I called Apple support recently and was delighted by the calm, empathetic, curious, culturally-relevant interaction. Turned out I was chatting to someone in North West Tassie. Same happened with Aussie Broadband (based in Morwell).

Great to hear of more regional and rural call centres starting up in Australia. Sounds like it’s great for everyone involved!

When VR motivates.

In his “To Sell is Human” book, Dan Pink mentioned academic research where participants wore Virtual Reality glasses to see/feel images of themselves in the future and proved that these experiences had participants more likely to take action on creating longer term wealth.

We never know how new tech will help.

Great book btw. Quick and insightful for everyone – since we’re all in sales these days!

Great reads / listens

  • Creativity is about Math.
  • The Science of Resilience by BBC Radio 4 -includes succinct and fascinating insights to the latest thinking on resilience. This could save you reading many books on the topic (or inspire you to read more!).[Thanks Lyn.] 

Read. Learn. Fast. Sorry, what?

I tried out the Blinkist app recently. WOW! Imagine reading the 8 books on your bedside table within 2 hours. 4 within an hour. I experienced shock. True!

Blinkist is a summary audio and eBook service and it’s by subscription (I have a feeling it was under ten dollars a month).

It feels good to have skimmed 8 or so books that I’d been meaning to get to though the surprise is: I’m slightly disappointed. There were a couple of books I didn’t realise I was looking forward to – in essence saving up to read. Now I’m not inspired to. It’s a surprising & unexpected reaction.

Have you tried it? It may be for you.

Here’s the free 24 hour trial link.

[Thanks to Leah for the tip.]

Have an awesome week.

Cheering in Melbourne,
~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com