Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Unfiltered Live 3: How to Win in Business Fast (a.m.)

Carla has worked with me on gigs for the past two decades, she is EVP and GM International at SweeneyVesty. Here is a two-part guest post from Carla who attended the Unfiltered Live event.

Shed 10 on Auckland’s waterfront was the place to be on Tuesday 22 May. Some of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs flew in from all corners of the globe to speak at the third Unfiltered Live event held. Iconic business stars each shared their 5 ideas on how to win in business fast.

The day had an electric atmosphere. It was a rapid fire of intel, insight and inspiration from some of the best business minds in the world. During the breaks, there was 1000 people networking, a productive hum in the air from new connections being forged.  

Here’s some truncated bullets from the morning session of speakers:

Kevin Roberts Chair of Unfiltered and emcee kicked the day off. We live in a VUCA world - Volatile, Complex, Uncertain, Ambiguous – which is daunting for the establishment. 

For entrepreneurs, leaders and optimists everywhere it’s the best time ever to be alive and in business because we live actually in a SUPERVUCA world – Vibrant, Unreal, Crazy and Astounding. 

Ideas are everything, they are the currency of a SUPERVUCA world. Execute and move from ‘Getting Things Done’ to ‘Making Things Happen’. Recite your ABCs…Ambition, Belief and Courage every morning.

Brilliant global creative and fashion powerhouse Karen Walker encouraged us to get fully immersed, pack our bags and go to where it is happening. Always turn up. Show our ideas. And…you’ll never be ready! Be in the game. 

Work at your luck, work hard for your luck, put yourself in a place where luck can happen. The “supernova” moments in business are fleeting, manage them by being agile and not gripping on too tightly. If you get it right, and collaborate with other businesses, special moments can happen where 1 + 1 = 3.

The idea is everything. We don’t always need to know the detail or the how, those things can happen through great partnership. The stories shared by Karen on her journey and successes were truly inspiring.

Thought leader, disruptor, innovator, and futurist Frances Valintine’s world is digital and we have to think digital first in business and global from day one. It is imperative that we shift digitally. Need foresight and insight. Change makers are coming, they will rewrite the rules. They are from half the world's population who are under 18.

Get out of echo chamber of NZ. Be curious. Go where populations are young. We need to find new forms of protein that are environmental sustainable. As a country we need to be looking forward at how we attract talent. The young aspire to be in tribes to collaborate and share economies. With the intersection of tech and education, if we all live longer from 65 to 95, how are we going to keep learning? Be bold, brilliant and mission driven.

Two time Paralympic Gold medallist and record breaker Liam Malone, was “not born to be a winner” with fibular hemimelia, and at 18 months old he had both legs amputated below the knee. Society may call him disabled, however he had a vision, “I am able”.  

Be the best you can be. To win fast, you have to start fast. Liam gave the best ever description of CRAP: Criticism, Rejection, Assholes & Pressure. Be prepared to fail fast. Take positives out of failure that those who succeeded wouldn’t have noticed.

Have a winning mindset. Within business you have to deal with a lot of change and be in a hyper competitive state, so train your mind. Practice mindfulness, be consistent. Be bold, go the whole way, put your neck out.

23-year old entrepreneur Sharndré Kushor is co-founder of global business Crimson Education, a Westpac Woman of influence and a leader that is doing what all great leaders do, creating other leaders. Her advice is to never stop learning. Find mentors and experts. Mentors are an effective way to learn, they can help you navigate ideas quickly. Always have people around you that are experts. 

Leadership. No one wants to stand on the battlefield alone. Humans make decisions on how they feel. Trust is built in small increments and can be broken easily. Trust account has withdrawals or deposits.

Culture is so important in high growth companies, roles change quickly so you need to have people who can go above and beyond.

Growth. Ask: what would I do if I was not afraid? What impact do I want to make on the world? Don’t benchmark on those around you, forge your own path.

Find your fuel. Need to be self aware, strengths, weaknesses. What makes you tick? Solve problems that fuel you, do something that you think matters. Level up, continuous improvement. Solve the problem.

Before we went to lunch we heard from Florian Renndorfer, MD of BMW NZ who shared BMW’s vision for the future. They are well on the way to an electric fleet. By 2025, BMW will have 25 electric vehicles, two of which were at Shed 10.

BMW and Unfiltered are seeking budding entrepreneurs, start-up businesses or someone with a vision to shape tomorrow’s world. There are amazing prizes. To enter go to www.driversoftomorrow.co.nz.

What a morning session!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Unfiltered Live 3

Check out Seven Sharp’s guide to business brilliance after visiting Unfiltered Live on Tuesday.

Monday, May 21, 2018

It’s Good News Week.

Two of my favourite projects, Blackpool Museum and Lake District Tourism have just received £7.3 million from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund.

Blackpool Museum.  Due to open in 2020, the Museum will display artefacts, music and performances from within Blackpool and partners including the V&A, EMI Group Archive Trust and the British Music Hall Society. The Museum - the biggest new museum development in the North West - is expected to attract almost 300,000 visitors a year and will be developed on the world-famous Golden Mile.  It will aim to engage younger audiences in the history of Blackpool and further strengthen the town’s tourism offer.  It will be creative, interactive, fun and funny!

Lake District. £3.29 million will be invested in a project to strengthen the visitor experience at Windermere Jetty, Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Museum and Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum.  The money will be used to enhance the visitor experience at these attractions, increase accessibility and improve exhibition spaces.  The regeneration project aims to attract nearly 150,000 additional visitors, create 150 permanent jobs and boost cultural tourism to the newly designated World Heritage Site.

The projects will build on the impact of the Great Exhibition of the North, which launches in Newcastle-Gateshead on June 22.  The event is set to be the biggest in England this year and will showcase the best of Northern art, culture and innovation.

Bloody Brilliant!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

12 Records in One Season.

For those of us who were there (1.8 million over the season), we may never see the like again.

Manchester City 2017/2018.  The Record Breakers.
·       Most Premier League points -100.  Beating Liverpool in ’78/’79 (98) and Chelsea in ’04/’05 (95).
·       Most wins – 32.  Spurs 31 in 1960/’61 and Chelsea 30 in 2016/’17.
·       Most goals – 106.  Chelsea in 2009/’10, 103.
·       Least amount of time trailing – 153 minutes.
·       Most away wins – 16.  Chelsea 15 in 2004/’05.
·       Most away points – 50.  Chelsea 48 in 2004/’05.
·       Best goal difference - +79.  Chelsea 2009/’10, +71.
·       Most consecutive wins - +18.  Arsenal +14, 2002.
·       Biggest point gaps to second – 19.  Man Utd +18 in 1999/2000.
·       Most passes attempted in a match – 1,015.  Man City 976 V Everton and Chelsea 2017/18.
·       Most passes completed in a match – 942, 92.8%.  Man City 905 V Everton, 92.7%.
·       Most possession in a game – 82.95%.  Man City 82.28% in 2012 Vs QPR.

Smashed it.

Superbia in Proelio.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Modest Proposal – Part Two.

John Wareham worked with Kenny Johnson – career criminal, career inmate.  Until he met John at Rikers Island where he joined John’s Taking Wings programme.  Five years of classes and Kenny turned into a teacher and guide.  He was tragically felled by a heart attack at age 49.

Crazy for Conspiracies
Excerpt from a poem by Kenny Johnson, which he delivered at protest rally on the steps of the New York State Capitol building, shortly before he died.

You might not agree with me,
say I’m crazy for conspiracies,
but if education’s the key
to what a person needs to be,
why aren’t we building schools
instead of penitentiaries?
Yeah—those concrete cookers breeding villains;
kids come home with stigmatisms,
short on skills and stoicism,
left to cope, with little hope,
and in their palms a wad of rope
to hang themselves,
as tucked into society’s unforgiving shelves
shamed and lost and left to delve
into what they know best
—and you or I could guess, more or less—
what that might be;
drugs and crime and the old paradigm,
of doing time to end up doing more time.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Finding Leonard.

On September 27 1960, Leonard Cohen bought a house in Hydra for $1,500 using a bequest from his grandmother.  The three-storey, 200-year-old whitewashed building had 5 rooms, a large outdoor terrace, no electricity, no plumbing, no running water.  Leonard lived here for more than 10 years and never sold the house.  It was a place of tranquility, donkeys (even today no cars are allowed on Hydra, voted the most beautiful island in Greece and the 11th most beautiful in the world), the Aegean, wine, songs and creativity.  ‘Bird on the Wire’ and ‘So Long Marianne’ were written here.

I grew up with the legend of Leonard in Hydra, and earlier this week I finally got to experience it at first hand.  His favourite haunts are still there, Roloi Café where his first ‘concert’ took place with only a dozen friends in the audience, and The Pirate Bar (O Peiratis) in the Port.

We trekked up to his house.  (Son Adam just recorded an album there.)  It’s unmarked.  Unspoiled.  And the telegraph pole/wire that inspired ‘Bird on the Wire’ stands tall in the April sunshine.
         “Greece is a good place
         to look at the moon, isn’t it?
         You can read by moonlight
         You can read on the terrace
         You can see a face
         As you saw it when you were young”

Muse Marianne died in Summer 2016 from leukemia, 81 years old.  Leonard wrote her as she lay dying:
         “Well Marianne it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon.  Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.  And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that.  But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey.  Goodbye old friend.  Endless love, see you down the road.”

Leonard joined his love less than 100 days later, on November 7, 2016.

His spirit lives on.

Especially in Hydra.
         “Like a bird on the wire,
         Like a drunk in a midnight choir,
         I have tried, in my way, to be free.”