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Can Partnerships Really Work? | Adam Walker, Co-Founder SIdeways8 | Part 2 of 3 | Episode #342

Adam Walker co-founder of Sideways8, a digital agency based out of Atlanta. At Sideways8 we start by creating an amazing website that communicates to the right people in the right way, then we help drive traffic to that site. We value communication, quality and sarcasm.

Adam co-founded his first nonprofit when he was a senior in high school (my co-founder was a junior). Since then he has started two other nonprofits, the most recent of which is 48in48. 48in48 puts together events that build 48 websites for 48 nonprofits in 48 hours. In 2017 they held the event in four cities, but in 2018 they will  have grow that to six and continue to expand internationally from there.

Blog at https://adamjwalker.com,

Podcast at http://techtalkyall.com 

twitter @ajwalker. 

 

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Stages of Change (#81)

One thing I have noticed over the years is that our relationship with change is somewhat schizophrenic. We want change, demand and clamor for it. Politicians promise it, but then are often not very welcoming when it arrives. Dealing with change is something we all struggle with – even reject outright – and it can take us a while to accept the realities that change brings.

I have seen this repeatedly in both in the workplace and in my personal life. Over this time, I’ve come to see a pattern that I think parallels the five stages of grief, which I’ll refer to it as the four stages of change. These are:

  1. Confusion and Surprise: Upon being presented with change, we often react with surprise and want to know why the change was necessary.
  2. Reacting to the Differences: Rather than focusing on what’s new, we tend to hyper focus on what is missing or different, ignoring things that have been added, often to our benefit, but carefully noting something that was taken away.
  3. Pining for the Past: Suddenly we are nostalgic for things we did not realize we even cared about; this often this results in anger and frustration.
  4. Adaption and Acceptance: Eventually, we adapt and get used to what’s new through repetition; we might even begin to appreciate it. Now, something that was a significant change has become the norm. Through repeated exposure, we’ve adjusted to it, whether we like it or not.

These stages are often most prevalent when we don’t know change is coming (e.g. a new website update, a software upgrade, etc.). All of these stages came together for me a few years ago when Starwood launched its new responsive website.

When I first logged on and saw the changes, I was confused and surprised. As the differences unfolded, I became annoyed and angry. I couldn’t find the simple functions that I had become familiar with. I even wrote an article on why companies should not design desktop sites for mobile experiences. I looked for user groups of angry people who felt the same. Alas, after a few weeks and months of using their new website layout, I eventually got used to the changes and forgot what I was missing. My brain had adapted and I accepted the new structure.

Change is inevitable. Although it may not always feel like a positive thing at first, it’s necessary for progress. If you want to improve your ability to affect change and encourage acceptance, here are two rules that I think are very helpful to consider:

  • Don’t let change be a surprise: In fact, the earlier you can discuss and prepare others for the changes ahead, the sooner they can go through the aforementioned stages, which will likely accelerate the process towards acceptance.
  • Everything new is old: When there is a familiarity in something new, it can go a long way towards speeding up the acceptance process. Nowhere is this more evident than vinyl records and vintage tricycles. Vinyl record sales are up 100 percent a year and Radio Flyer’s vintage tricycle is now one of its best sellers. In fact, in a recent presentation, Radio Flyer’s CEO shared that the idea for their vintage tricycle came about from customers reminiscing about their “Radio Flyer bike” that they had as a child—a bike that Radio flyer never actually made.

And finally, for my favorite quote on change:

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

General Eric Shinseki

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Author of Getting Things Done | David Allen | Part 1 of 2 | Episode #341

David Allen spent over 30 years working with the best and brightest talent in the world, talking about the importance of getting “stuff” off our minds into a trusted external system. His message resonates with people from around the world seeking more creative and productive work. The David Allen Company expands its reach with franchisees leading the Mastering Workflow Series in over 50 countries.

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots. In 2015, David released an updated edition of the original “manual” for GTD, with detailed overviews, examples and coaching advice to get your system up and running. This revised 2015 edition also contains new material on the rise of digital technology in our always-on world, and recent cognitive science research that validates the GTD methodology.

http://gettingthingsdone.com/

 

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3 Biggest Website Mistakes | Adam Walker, Co-Founder SIdeways8 | Part 1 of 3 | Episode #340

Adam Walker co-founder of Sideways8, a digital agency based out of Atlanta. At Sideways8 we start by creating an amazing website that communicates to the right people in the right way, then we help drive traffic to that site. We value communication, quality and sarcasm.

Adam co-founded his first nonprofit when he was a senior in high school (my co-founder was a junior). Since then he has started two other nonprofits, the most recent of which is 48in48. 48in48 puts together events that build 48 websites for 48 nonprofits in 48 hours. In 2017 they held the event in four cities, but in 2018 they will  have grow that to six and continue to expand internationally from there.

Blog at https://adamjwalker.com,

Podcast at http://techtalkyall.com 

twitter @ajwalker. 

 

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Thor will be sharing his tools and strategies as well as interviewing inspiring Peak Performers that are Entrepreneur’s, Professional Athletes, Business leaders, Military, Technology guru’s, Health and Fitness masters, Relationships Experts as well as Music & Entertainment superstars.  

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Sharing Vulnerably (#80)

Each week, after sending a Friday Forward, I receive many thoughtful, moving messages from people about how the topic resonated with them. Often, they’ll share a personal story related to one of the themes.  These stories are what encourage me to keep writing each week and leave me feeling that I am making a difference and an impact.

After sending out last week’s “Calm is Contagious” post, I received a note from one of our AP team members, Cassandra Scarbeck, detailing her experience with how that lesson helped her and her daughter through a frightening battle with cancer many years ago. I was moved by her story and believed that others would be too, so I encouraged her to share the note via our company’s Slack channel. She did and several meaningful and vulnerable conversations ensued. In addition to giving us all some perspective, her story helped a few other employees who are dealing with some difficult situations with their own children.

Through years of engaging in and observing formal leadership training, icebreakers and team-building sessions, I’ve noticed that, when given the opportunity, people want to share more vulnerably and authentically. Sharing our stories has the power to help and connect with others in a meaningful way. It often just takes someone to start the conversation and set the tone for the entire group.

I believe that one of the reasons this doesn’t happen more often is that we are immersed in a world of carefully curated social media posts that spotlight the top five percent of our lives. This lens tends to omit the struggles, frustrations and realities of life, a phenomenon is causing us – and arguably a whole generation – to compare their actual lives against a storybook version of someone else’s. Sadly, I believe this discourages vulnerability and creates a false set of expectations.

I encourage us all to take a lead from Cass and share more vulnerably – both to help ourselves grow and to help others who are likely to learn more from our trials and tribulations than they are from our successes.

Cass’s story (shared with her permission):

Calm is Contagious is truly a powerful virtue and holds such importance in the midst of far from optimal circumstances. People really do take their cues from their leader.

I watched this play out in a different arena 5 years ago when I started my role as my 4 year old daughter’s health advocate after she was diagnosed with cancer. Inside I was terrified about what lied ahead for her with treatment, side effects, the what if’s and all the logistics and life changes that inherently had to happen as a result of this bombshell. Things like having to pull her out of school to avoid getting exposed to potentially deadly germs, having to quit my job in order to be her full-time caregiver and the financial hole we were instantly plunged into. On the outside, I projected a much different picture. I never let on to my daughter that her life was in peril or that I had no idea how we were going to get through the next 29 months of chemotherapy. Instead, I calmly explained in age appropriate terms what she needed to know when she needed to know it.

I prepared her for the pain she would face just before the procedure always being honest but letting her know it would be over quickly. As a result, she faced each procedure with amazing lack of apprehension. When I knew what changes would occur in her body as a result of the treatment, I prepared her for things like weight gain, face changes and hair loss. Rather than cry or worry, her response was, “Ok, cool!” When her hair started falling out, I began preparing her for a head shaving with a dear friend of mine who had done the same for a high school student and had her explain what she did and how they made it a fun experience. When the day came, I went inside my closet and cried my eyes out, but then I wiped my tears and came out and put a big smile on my face and said… you’re gonna be great, you are gonna rock your wigs, and when your hair comes back it’s going to be even more beautiful. The thing is… she believed me and smiled and giggled through the whole experience as her dad and brothers took turns giving her a mohawk before the last strip was taken off her beautiful bald head.

Part of how she responded to all of this no doubt naivete. But so much had to do with the cues she took from my outward response to every situation in front of us and the trust she had in me as her mother and advocate. Never once did I let her see fear or sadness overcome me. In contrast, I noticed some parents in the waiting room and in the clinic with panic, anxiety and anguish written all over their faces. When their kids had to come in for procedures, you could see them mimicking their parent’s emotions. They clung to their parents in fear and didn’t want to go back to their treatment room. Meanwhile, parents like me, who were calm and unapprehensive had children who were happily engaged with other children or volunteers making crafts, playing games or engaging in musical therapy. The smiled and joked with the nurses and doctors and walked out high fiving the receptionists.

Our kids were all having similar experiences in the same place, battling the same enemy at the same time, with the same team of warriors surrounding them. But, I couldn’t help notice the differences in behaviors of parents and children and how they were linked. Thanks for another great reminder of the impact our actions have on others. Our kids are watching. Our team is watching. Our staff is watching. Let’s all strive to keep calm and kick ass!!!

Quote of the Week

 “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

Brene Brown

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How To Use MTO Goals to Sky Rocket Results? |Trey Lewellen | Part 3 of 3 | Episode #339

Trey Lewellen went from a full-time insurance agent four years ago to building
an e-commerce business that sold $20 million of physical products in 2016. He
did this without using Amazon, eBay, or Shopify, and with nothing more than
simple two-page ClickFunnels websites that use carefully optimized sales
funnels.

Trey got his start in entrepreneurship with a pool cleaning business at 16, and
has done everything from selling tea, to selling hundreds of thousands of
dollars of t-shirts on Teespring, and to now selling 10,000 units per month
across 20 different physical product lines.

Today, Trey has built up an email list of 1.1 million subscribers and 300,000
buyers, and is selling the largest volume out of 50,000 ClickFunnels users. In
addition to his eight-figure business selling physical products, Trey’s passion is
helping and mentoring others to have the same success in e-commerce that
he has had.

https://mronit.treylewellen.com/treylewellen

https://www.youtube.com/user/TreyCanBeCool

https://www.facebook.com/CoachTreyLewellen

 

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