New Board Members, Flexible Teams & Refreshing Websites ūüĆŹūüé≥ūüĖĪ #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 Рprompted by this podcast {really worth a listen Рgo 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

Tips from Elon ūüĎĹ ‚ú® ūüíź #39

Ways to feel happy about your future.

Elon Musk says his massive visions are all about¬†not wanting to feel sad about the future. He suggests people need things in our future to feel excited about (such as the real possibility of a civilisation on Mars). Such simple perspective that’s leading to significant global progress, innovation and inspiration.

“Fundamentally, the future is vastly more exciting and interesting if we are a spacefaring civilisation and a multi-planet species”

“You want to be inspired by things, to wake up in the morning and think that the future is going to be great. And that‚Äôs what being a spacefaring civilisation is all about.”

His insights have inspired me across topics from entrepreneurialism to intentional visions to being playful while aiming high Рperhaps they will for you too via this easy YouTube playlist. Press play and watch each one.

One of the fascinating things is that Tesla’s mission is about influencing the industry (not just selling cars) and if they fail, they’ll have influenced other car manufacturers to progress their sustainable energy cars.

He recently promoted GM making electric cars:

Elon’s Top 5 Areas for¬†Humanity.

The five areas Elon sees as important to work on now for humanity:
  1. Doing Artificial Intelligence (AI)¬†“in a good way”
  2. Reprogramming genetics Рincluding higher bandwidth to the brain.  Whoah.
  3. Self driving cars
  4. Sustainable energy
  5. The Internet

One for the history books!

Since we reuse airplanes, we might as well reuse rockets! Go SpaceX!

Favourite reads & listens

  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy”¬†by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg is a guide for being a great human, a great friend, to those going through the grief of losing a loved one and tips for people who are directly going through mourning. There were snippets in there about resilience and adversity that could apply to other aspects of life though it was predominantly about Sheryl’s story of her husband unexpectedly dying at 47 years old and how she coped and performed with the help of supportive colleagues at Facebook, friends and family and includes the wisdom that helped. An emotional rollercoaster and a book for life that I recommend. 6 hour listen on Audible.
  • Melburnians –¬†Dior¬†is here¬†’til 7 November. The scale of this exhibition at NGV is brilliant as is seeing the House through the years. Worth¬†a couple of hours. If you’ve seen the¬†Dior and I documentary¬†you’ll enjoy the familiarity. I was mesmerised by this¬†Autumn/Winter 2017 show¬†on the big screen:

  • Simple, short watch¬†to support you and the other high achievers you know.
  • Ski like a girl¬†talk by¬†Lynsey Dyer. Lynsey started¬†She Jumps¬†which teaches girls and kids to: Find your own magnificence and sense of belonging through:¬†1. Have a goal 2. Lighten up on yourself 3. Be your own best friend 4. Listen to your intuition 5. Accept all the parts of yourself.¬† ¬†
  • My new¬†airpods¬†are as excellent as people say they are. Effortlessly (so fast) changing and connecting¬† between¬†computer, watch and phone, and comfortable.¬†Ohhhh yeahhh….
  • Enhancing Human Intelligence (HI) via a chip in your brain.¬†What’s possible?¬†Bryan Johnson provides food for thought and insight.
  • “Work should light a fire in your soul!” Go¬†Tina.

Great online presence

  • It was wonderful to be part of¬†Type.Human‘s launch today. Get in touch with them if the¬†idea has you curious.
  • Oh NASA, of course, you’re AMAZING!

  • I’ve been¬†baking. Enjoy!

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency News

Remember that list I mentioned? The one with 25+ links of Blockchain and cryptocurrency insights? It has a few additions for you ~

  • a new, prioritised YouTube playlist,
  • a new video on blockchains for supply chains,
  • a new talk by Andreas about Bitcoin’s future.¬†I particularly liked his analogy to not mistaking smooth sailing¬†as a sign of great sailors,
  • favourite podcasts and newsletters you can subscribe to¬†and more.

Click on those of interest. The YT playlist has a few short ones that are easy to pickup.

Shoot me a reply so I can improve the next email. Thanks.

Here’s to your wonderful¬†week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

P.S. Like my new t-shirt?

 

 

Innovation, Thin Skin & Customer Experience ūüé∂ ūüź† ūüėä #30

Innovation, ‘Thin Skin’ and Customer Experience.

Ughh. Having ‘thin skin’. It’s not something that’s usually welcome. The thing is, these days the awareness meter is becoming an attractive tool that creates the impressive wisdom required to connect with customers, colleagues and partners for quicker and greater innovation, conflict resolution, learning and longer-term progress. Being able to sense what’s needed, what’s possible, imagining, being open to what’s there… it’s important. If you’re someone with thin skin, tips on how to be emotionally strong include ~ * Choose who to listen to. Feedback is a reflection of the person giving it – you can choose whether to listen to it. * Develop listening to yourself and what’s important. Having thin skin balanced with an openness to relevant feedback is an advantage. It gets you closer to beauty for you and others.

FOR WHEN YOU CAN’T ROADTRIP.

Wander. Roadtrips are great for the feeling of endless time; subjects flow amongst quiet moments. Stops at interesting places. A wander with a friend through your local villages can be similar. I enjoyed one recently, walking though Melbourne’s CBD via a great conversation at the fromagerie at the Spring St Grocer, an affogato at their Gelati Store, seeing wild sights at the Exhibition Gardens, cobblestone streets of Fitzroy, a canoe on Brunswick St, Snow White apples from the organic store, happy people at The Rose sitting outside in winter, seeing the Crumpler staff hurriedly pack up, seeing Spacecraft and a parfumerie’s beauty on Gertrude St. Walking towards town the idea of a movie popped up and off we went to the Kino and afterwards a feed at Yamato. A wander and a wide ranging conversation. Wonderful! Who are you wandering with next?

Let My People Go Surfing ~ Yvon Chouinard

Great inspiration via “Let My People Go Surfing” by Yvon Chouinard… from doing business with future generations in mind, to being more aware of the wider environment, tips on building great cultures and doing what’s there to be done. Wonderful business philosophy for Patagonia employees and perhaps your’s too. Highly recommended. I’ve many favourite comments, here’s a couple:

Yvon was the “outside person” at Patagonia, “responsible for bringing back news ideas. A company needs someone to go out and get the temperature of the world”. “Trash our stuff, trash our planet”

If you don’t get to the book, enjoy these insightful quotes.

Free Thrills.

It’s been a while now that I’ve worn un-matching socks. Until recently, nobody commented (or noticed).

Then I started karate and one of the classes is with under 10 kids who’ve started commenting, with confusion, that I wear un-matching socks.

Good fun.

Smile!

Favourite reads & listens:

  • Blockchain introduction:1.¬†Satoshi’s original Bitcoin paper¬†is definitely worth reading – even the Introduction on the first page¬†as it explains the role of blockchain / cryptocurrency and going beyond third party trusted sources. Especially important to read if you are a consultant advising clients. 2.¬†This Forbes podcast: “The blockchain is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and fintech will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.”More blockchain reading is here.
  • Fascinating: 48 hours in VR.
  • Alexa buys Wholefoods
  • Heads up Facebook¬†[thx rosshill]“Treat Facebook as the private walled garden that it is. If you want something to be publicly accessible, post it to a real blog on any platform that embraces the real web, the open one.”
  • Help kids¬†thrive.
  • Delighted to see the¬†tiny homes trend take off. Check out the beauties:¬†here and here.
  • Another inspiring¬†image of future transport. We’ll start to realise how restricted we’ve been with¬†a steering wheel and seats facing forward. Thanks Elon and the Boring Company.

Great online presence:

  • ABC Australia r+d’s entrancing¬†website¬†and their¬†megatrends report which clearly articulates the trends ABC is¬†aware of through their work of engaging with and providing interesting watching for their customers for decades to come.“if you’re aware there‚Äôs a computer there, we‚Äôve failed.‚ÄĚ Bill Buxton on Invisible design
  • This may have you dream up your next project.

The Surfcoast conditions continue to be wonderful, Nic’s just done her first 4 days of yoga teacher training, a few of us are celebrating the passing of a big-hearted friend, others, a family member.¬†Nick’s home at the end of the world (!), Ross and Anne are NYC’ing, SJ’s in AUS, Wends is dealing with a (happy)¬†unwell child, a few friends are sick (maybe from the change in the seasons), two friends are preparing for interstate relocations at the end of the month… much happens as the globe turns.¬†Wishing you and yours well and happy,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

P.S. Interesting natural phone amplifier (from Russell in reply to the last newsletter).

Sunshine, System Integrity & Redefining Work ‚ėÄ ūüĆ≥ ūüėé #29

Sunshine for you…

Enjoy little things: a patch of sunlight or the smooth feel of using a fountain pen.

Quick! Fly somewhere!

Kind ideas.

Get something out.

Pick up surfing.

Be excited about the Southern Hemisphere snow season or the Northern Summer or puffins!

(System) Integrity.

My regular coffee shop, Patricia’s, provides me an incredible experience each time I visit: an underlying interest to provide the exceptional, warm welcomes, happy staff, delicious, stylish products (taste, cups, spoons), fascinated sourcing, a sense of community, lots of awareness / care / kindness, fun and delight (including randomly provided tastings), and a sense of openness.

With such integrity throughout there is a constant focus on the customer experience.

I spotted this in Jony Ive’s foreword in the “Designed by Apple” book. It sums up this idea:

Your turn. Create integrity throughout. Aim high!

Hear’s to your incredible success and recognition¬†Bowen (Patricia’s Founder)!

When you visit Patricia’s, look up and spot the Sunshine…

Redefining “Work”.

John Hagel’s SXSW presentation is a simple, wise, calm view of employment opportunities and threats owing to machines. He reminds that in a traditional sense work is creating replicable, tightly specified, efficient processes and outputs. Who’s best to do these? Machines.

John also mentions microsourcing / outsourcing and how this drives individuals’ unique expression (which is great) though John suggests the ‘gig economy’ will be transitional as activities can be defined and given to machines. Having worked with Virtual Assistants, I found myself nodding.

We’re in the time of working out the next version of work. This is one of my favourite (pretty quick) presentations. Enjoy!

Still anxious about robots and automation? Relax, it’s been happening for ages (cruise control, radio to Spotify/Rdio etc). It’s helpfulness and role is directed by you, by us, as humans. Do what you need to feel empowered (including replying to me here!).

Making Progress.

Writing emails like this gives me a chance to reflect on things that are working for me and pass them on.

A favourite for managing progress is having a ‘returning email’ system. When I buy something and receive an email, I return the order confirmation email to me and set the date to just after the expected delivery date. Usually the email pops up and the order has been delivered – though if not, the email returning has me address.

I can also write an email to someone confirming something important they’ll be doing, click the Boomerang “return in…” checkbox at the bottom of the email and it’ll return at the ETA. …then I don’t have to think about it until the email returns.

I use Boomerang in gmail and gmail’s inbox app on my iphone to return emails.

What tips work for you?

Pump Up The Volume.

It was fun today seeing¬†Apple is releasing a new speaker system. It reminded me of a simple idea I’ve used on the fly – put your iPhone in a tall bowl and it amplifies the speaker. Yay!

Favourite reads & listens:

  • Curious about cryptocurrencies, the Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum and more? Tim Ferriss’ latest podcast is a great introduction. It’s co-presented with one of my favourite thinkers in the world – Naval Ravikant – who kindly¬†simplifies¬†complex topics as they arise. A more advanced watch or listen on the¬†wider context on the future of cryptocurrencies and finance is¬†Brian Armstrong at this week’s¬†Token Summit¬†(thanks rosshill)
  • Alastair Humphreys’ newsletter.

 

Great online presence:

Have a fantastic week from an increasingly chilly Melbourne!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

P.S. Travel links are Aussie/Asia-biased x

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Cryptocurrency & Micropartnerships #28

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Hi Sam,

Welcome to the 28th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions right here?

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Fintech, beyond capitalism and cryptocurrencies.

It was thrilling to see Bitcoin go to over US$2,000 last week. It’s not just about the monetary value of these new currencies though. It’s how the base technology (the blockchain) is providing a new platform from which to do business, to conduct transactions, to share personal information, and much more in a way that’s decentralised – i.e. not biased or influenced or potentially corrupted by those in power locally, by government, large organisations, and powerful individuals. It’s providing the opportunity to reimagine processes or systems that aren’t working as well as they could in the world.

If you’ve not yet heard or read much about the future possibilities of money and tech in the global economy, here are introductory links ~

The role of cryptocurrencies presented at last week’s¬†Ethereal Summit. I highly recommend watching this full video. The first 4 minutes highlight where banking is headed, how online currencies could become the backbone to improve many systems in the world, and how they’re also not a ‘golden chalice’. At 10:30 there’s mention of how through the blockchain you can pay for your coffee at a cafe and also directly tip the coffee farmer a very small amount without fees on either side. There are incredible supply chain opportunities as the supporting tech comes to be and great opportunities in developing countries too.

Why Bitcoin matters (NYTimes)
What is Blockchain

A beginner’s guide to Ethereum
Ethereum is the Forefront of Digital Currency

Thanks to Ross Hill & his Coinbase friends for these links.

Remote / Flexible work.

Looking for a remote job with flexible hours? Here’s a list of sites and joblists to check:

Any other suggestions? Email me and I’ll keep the list going and distributed here.

Local events.

Get into learning! Check out your local meetup events on topics you’re interested in.

If you’re in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Auckland and Perth Laneway Learning is fun.

Micropartnerships.

One of the great learnings I have from creating the Do Lectures here in Australia was the great gains from creating fast partnerships with brands / companies who increase the value provided to customers. This would play out by one of us having¬†a sudden idea of a brand that could offer something to people attending then we’d get in touch via phone or email or through mutual contacts and really quickly we’d have products or experiences people could enjoy.

With this knowledge and as I see companies becoming more globally competitive, it’s powerful and increasingly necessary to have a proactive curiosity around what customers value and could gain from, an openness to get in touch with anyone who can help provide it and being aware of how to quickly build trust.

Who could you partner with fast to increase the worth to your customers?
How can you quickly create trust?

Digital Leadership.

How is your digital leadership learning coming along? Check in to this article¬†to choose what you wish to learn or book a session with me to chart your course, to gain answers to current questions and more. Let’s see you flying high in your work and life opportunities.

Favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:

  • Fascinating to recently meet Thomas King (thanks Jac) and hear his exciting intentions for the future of food in Australia. He has a clean, clear LinkedIn profile.
  • The extended list is here¬†and here.

Have a fantastic week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

P.S. It was a treat to recently be in Tassie (Tasmania). Enjoy the photos here.

 

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