Collaboration, collectives and coffee dates

25 May

In the last eighteen months, I’ve had one-to-one coffee dates with 33 people. (I surprised myself with that quick tally!) Here’s what I’ve learned –

When you’re in business, it matters who you surround yourself with. You get to choose your dream board of directors! These people can exist in the ‘real’ world or on the web. As with our personal life, we need to choose who we spend our time with wisely.

As an entrepreneur, I sometimes need to get outside of my own head. That’s why I actively seek out interesting people to talk to. I come away with new ideas and ways of thinking every time. I hope it works both ways. Lately I’ve been asked to join a couple of small ‘Mastermind’ groups. The purpose of these confidential networks is to support each member as we dream and do bigger things! This post is about the serendipitous magic of collaboration and how we can seek it out.

I choose to spend hours listening to business audio pod-casts. I like taking a break from reading so I can treat my ears! Today I’m sharing a 12 minute podcast with Tod Henry from the Accidental Creative. In it, he talks about how innovation is about “groups of people stumbling into the unknown together” and how “We need other people in our lives if we want to do our best work”.

Listen to Tod’s podcast: Your Collective over on The Accidental Creative website.

The Accidental Creative podcast

Would you like to have your own audio adventures? Here are some of my favourite business podcasts. I change them up all the time and some presenters now feel like old friends! I pop on my headphones anywhere and everywhere…

  • The secret psychology of persuasion by web psychologist Natalie Nahai. “Nathalie helps businesses psychologically optimise their online engagement, by applying scientific rigour to their design process. In “The Good, the Bad, and the Dirty”, she will be sharing strategies and tools that you can use to enhance your online presence.”
  • The unmistakeable Creative with Srinivas Rao – “interviews with creative entrepreneurs, artists, explorers and insanely interesting people.”
  • On Being with Krista Tippett – “On Being takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you’ll love to meet.”
  • London Real with Brian Rose – “London Real is the video talk show that introduces you to the most fascinating people on the planet.”
  • Ted Radio hour – “A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world’s most remarkable minds.”
  • Louder than words with John Bonini – “Louder Than Words delivers the creative inspiration you need to be a more successful entrepreneur, writer, designer, or creator in general.”

Three Thought Bubbles favourite business podcasts

The idea behind this post is simple; I want to you to imagine your dream board of directors. Who will stretch you – who will support you – who will help you to be part of something bigger than yourself? The flip-side of this idea is that you get to help other people to achieve even greater things too.

I’d love you to share your favourite podcasts in a comment or over on Twitter – you’ll find me @3thoughtbbls

How do we judge our own business ideas?

28 January

You are often the worst judge of your own ideas

I read an article that begged to be dissected in my head and then shared with others! Tod Henry’s post is called “You are the worst judge of your own ideas”. So severe but perhaps so true! He describes the life story of a great idea from simple hunch to successful conclusion. He says that we need other people to help us interpret and ‘try out’ our business ideas. They are the ones who can give us the feedback on what is worth pursuing.

…The ideas that find their way into the conversations and processes of others are often the very ones that have been selected by the group to be adoptable and practical. Thus, the creator is often the worst judge of the value of their own creation.

This is why it’s so important to have sounding boards, circles, and groups of peers who can offer feedback on your work. Something that is obvious to you may not be obvious to others, while something that you think is profound might be opaque or impractical. Who tells you the truth?

Tod Henry

On Friday I’m giving a workshop on Storytelling for business and I’m excited about the discussions we’re going to have. As business owners, we spend so much time inside our own heads! We all need time to think about what we do in a playful way – to listen to other people’s suggestions – to throw ideas ideas out and see what comes back! Then we can put our ideas back in neater boxes and create strategies…

Try this out – talk to as many people as you can. Share your ideas and be a sounding board for others too. Let me know if you need help with that!

Read Ted’s original post on his website