Business, Bikes and Breakfast Radical Accountability Program #BBBRAP 1 Feb. 2019
After months of planning and building the methodology, the first Business Bikes and Breakfast Radical Accountability Program was held on 1 February with 14 delegates each riding their motorcycle our from Parkhurst, Johannesburg to Parys in the Free State.
It rained. It rained a lot. Let’s be clear, it was wet but the riders were in good spirit even after half the crew took the wrong highway off ramp and got lost on a dirt road that was not ideal for Harleys and Ducati Panigales.
The program started with a fun introductory and memory exercise and some deep reflection on 2018, the year gone by. After this some perspective was given on the highs and lows of their year, we ran planning and deliberation on what 2019.
Using the #BBBRAP redline worksheet, each biker looked at their personal lives and business life and devised 4 crucial plans to improve these over 4 periods. These were shared, under no obligation with the rest of the participants, leaving pride off the table and vulnerability in the open.
It was a new experience for all with friends and memories being made as well as driving away with some clarity and purpose for the coming months.
Here is what a few delegates said:
“Over all a really open and vulnerable experience. Spillly also has a way of communicating in a way that makes sense to me plus invites me to get to down to the ‘nitty gritty’ if where the challenges lie…in me!!! Great way to meet new people. Often those people are a mirror to your own experiences, both personally and professionally, so you kind of all help each other out.”
“Spillly helped me finally put a strategic plan-to-action down to paper on things that had been dwelling in the back of my head for months – such a refreshing and inspiring way to start the year. That’s for not only being a good coach Spillly, but a friend in this process too.”
“This platform allowed me to reevaluate aspects of my life from a personal and business perspective and in turn, opened my mind to making positive changes. Best of all, I was able to do it with like-minded business people.”
Each Biker walked away with some insight into themself and appreciated taking the time out the office to focus on growth and improvement across all elements of their life! They also had a working document to reflect back on, as well as a few stickers and a unique BBBRAP poster for the days ride.
Friends were made and bonds of trust established – all crucial for the next ride out on 1 March 2019!
“REFLECT | WRITE | PLAN | SHARE
Here are a few images of the day thanks to Joe at Bonafide Studios.
Those of you that know and follow me see that I’m a big proponent of Freelancers being a major piece of the global workforce in the near future.
Along with Flexyforce.com and Spin Street House in Cape Town, I delivered a 20-minute piece on why Freelancers are not being protected, how they can fix this, what is happening to creative agencies and how freelancers can take advantage of the shift in marketing spend and thinking. I also punted my book whatthefreelance.com a little bit too.
It was a great evening with amazing beer, wine, brains and conversation. It’s coming to Joburg soon, so watch this space!
Once again, I was invited to speak at Vega Cape Town to the Digital Swarm crowd on Freelancers and the future of agency – it’s not all doom n gloom!
So what are the 4 biggest threats to creative agencies? Catch me at the Joburg Leg of this event in July.
For more details firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking to young hungry creative minds always keeps me young [relevant] and in the know as to what the general Zeitgeist of the creative culture and mindset is in Johannesburg. Gotta love a tough Q&A crowd.
Here are some great images from the evening! see you at the next one.
Last Sunday morning, I was given the pleasure of speaking to Ashraf on SAFM on his freelance career and the challenges he faced and often still faces as an independent professional.
The conversation covered aspects of the current economic situation is SA and how the education system is letting people down in the entrepreneurial space.
This week I had the privilege of hosting the launch event for Mike Saunders‘ book, The Five Year Mark. The book is about all the lessons learned in the first five years building Digitlab, a digital agency. You can read my review and my learnings here but those are not the most salient points for me. It was what Mike said when I asked him about the next 5 years and his level of pride in what he has built in the past year, that stuck.
What he said was [in much better English than this] when he started the business, his view of success was to take from the world as much as he could [money] and measure his success against this metric, but over time he has moved the needle of achievement from “Success to Significance.”
Mike wants to be significant. That can mean a legacy business. That can mean helping people grow in their own lives and businesses. That can mean helping someone who is desperate on the side of the road make it through another week. Significance is different from person to person and from interaction to interaction but if Mike is significant to you, then that is his new definition of success.
I like this outlook. A lot. I also believe that if he is significant in peoples’ lives and in business that the old metric [money] will come, in spades as the byproduct. Its not often you meet people who say things like this that you actually believe. Its often just a marketing message, but I believe Mike. You should too. Buy the book.
Betterman is a website dedicated to the thinking man. The man who lives with intention. The man who takes action. It’s a gathering place for those who seek influence and those who seek to make an impact in the world.
Under the Betterman umbrella is the Apex Club, an event that happens for dapper men who want to learn about life, entrepreneurship and leaving an impact. Last week I was asked by Erik to tell my story and share knowledge and learnings about my businesses and experiences. It was a pleasure to have 35 men who genuinely cared about the organisation engage with me and each other at the Maxim Lounge in Sandton.
Here are some pics taken during the event, where I was seen in a jacket [a rare thing indeed!]
Kevin’s presentation was entitled ‘Importance of storytelling and authentic leadership’ and covered the importance of good storytelling in your business and the duties that MD’s and business owners have to become authentic story tellers.
Check out the full presentation here:
The overriding theme that Kevin shared was as follows:
- Be as you wish to be seen and be authentic
- Be available and have an opinion
- Your reputation is all you have
Nicholas Haralambous is the founder of the online fashion company, NicSocks.com.
Nic was the CEO and co-founder of Motribe, the mobile community platform, before the company was successfully acquired by the social network, Mxit in October, 2012. He also founded ForeFront Africa consulting firm before selling that business to Imperial Holdings.
He was selected as one of the 200 young South Africans to take to lunch by the Mail&Guardian, featured on GQ’s list of top 30 men in media and was also a finalist in the Men’s Health Best Men Awards. The company he co-founded, Motribe, was named by Forbes as one of the top 20 startups in Africa.
His career included roles at the Sunday Times, Financial Mail, 702, Mail & Guardian as well as Vodacom SA.