operatie-doorbraak

Business retreat Operatie Doorbraak

I have just finished a 3-day business retreat with Tibor.nl. This time Operation Breakthrough.

Movement, mindset and business principles

What happens when you combine movement, mindset and business principles with a retreat for 3 days with a group of 12 entrepreneurs and 5 very experienced coaches, whom all approach people and business from different angles and perspectives?

No distraction

What happens when phones are switched off for 3 days?

Start early

What happens when you start your days at 5 a clock in the morning with a walk through the forest, light exercise and meditation?

Be different

What happens when you celebrate outlying?

Focus

What happens when you focus on only four things for those 3 days?

niche market, solution,…
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uninhibatle earth

The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

“The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future” is the scariest book I have read in a long time.

It is much worse than you think

It is worse, much worse than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale. Climate change is fast, much faster. It is the end of normal; the beginning of never normal again. It is also irreversible, and therefore effectively permanent. You might hope to simply reverse climate change; you can’t. It will outrun all of us.

Delayed effect

Even if, miraculously, humans immediately ceased emitting carbon, we’d still be due for some additional warming from just the stuff we’ve put into the air already. And of course, with global emissions still …

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Photographer - Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ie 087 230 9096
KPMG seminar held at the Boxworks, Waterford. March 2019

34 things at KPMG’s Go-Global we talked about in Waterford

The monthly KPMG go-global event was in the Boxworks in Waterford this time.

The participants

A cracking mix of companies, from smart boating, video interviewing, waste, data, sensors, automated coaching, engineering to semantics, spectrometry and AI. Companies that are changing the world, with global ambition, disruption markets, have great products and services and genuinely are exciting to talk to. I am a lucky man. The breakfast session lasted about one and a half hour, but we could have gone on forever.

To give you a flavour

We talked about internationalisation and scaling.

On how one company focused on user experience and absolute simplification of a service About the importance of boots on the ground and how old school still works…
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tactische-bedrijfsvoering

Wat zou er gebeuren als je stoicism, de technieken van de special forces combineer met het opstarten en managen van je eigen bedrijf?

Dat is de vraag die tibor.nl, je steeds stelt. Dat is waarom we bestaan. Want die combinatie creëert hele goede resultaten. Op dit moment zijn we aan het rekruteren voor Mankracht. Je kan nog mee. Vrijdag aanstaande hebben we weer een intake sessie.

Stoics

Twee stoics die, zoals Tibor het zo mooi zegt, binnen drie uur je business en je bullshit volledig uit elkaar trekken. Je kan je hier aanmelden https://tibor.nl/product/mankracht-de-raad/

“The obstacle is the way”

We zijn alle twee fans van Ryan Holiday. Specifiek zijn boek “The obstacle is the way”. Verplicht leesvoer voor iedereen. Stoicism zou het besturing programme moeten zijn van elke ondernemer. Ophouden met die slappe hap. Stoppen met klagen. Bad shit happens.

3 disciplines…

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powerful

How to get the best out of your staff according to Netflix, ROWE, Principles, Legacy and Loveability

How to get the best out of your staff?

I am always a bit wary of books that use the template of one company as the success formula for every company. Books like “Blitzscaling“. As Freek Vermeulen and many others have explained, companies are too complex for a one size fits all approach.

Powerful, building a culture of freedom and responsibility

However, it is Netflix and some of the suggestions in “Powerful, building a culture of freedom and responsibility” make a lot of sense. The book is best described as a hard-nosed version of ROWE (Results Only Work Environment).

Netflix

We all know Netflix. It has continuously reinvented itself and is in my view a lot more sympathetic …

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Lessons from KPMG (private enterprise) event in Galway

Entrepreneurs are optimists

Entrepreneurs and owner-managers are resilient and optimistic by nature. They have too. If it isn’t currency exchange, airport strikes, SARS, new legislation, a change in VAT, flooding, it is Brexit, cybercrime, recession, talent retention, climate change and a 1000 other things that can and will go wrong.

Refreshing

Which is why it is always refreshing to have a conversation amongst CEOs, owner-managers and entrepreneur about the issue they are facing and more importantly, share the solutions, insights, tips, lessons and learning. No powerpoint allowed, no fluff, no-one trying to sell anything, a chat with fellow business people, who have the battle scars to prove it.

KPMG

Constructive and practical. Previous events in Dublin and Cork have shown …

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The Not So Secret Rules to the Game of Life

Self-awareness as the key to unlock success

Self-awareness is everything

When you work with Tibor Olgers, you get the opportunity to work with lots of interesting people. On our latest Mankracht retreat, I had the pleasure of meeting Eelco Smit, the exit guru. The consigliere behind the scenes of some the major business deals in Holland. His key message; be self-aware.

Lessons

I picked up a few other things from Eelco:

Know your exit number Everything is a choice Stop bullshitting yourself and stop bullshitting others Find your zone of genius

The Not So Secret Rules to the Game of Life

He is also the author of “The Not So Secret Rules to the Game of Life | For People with the Guts to …

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likewar

The ongoing war for your mind

There is a war going on. The war for your mind through the use of social media. Media weapons can be more potent than atomic bombs. Learn how to command and manipulate opinions, and you are capable of reshaping the fabric of the world.

War

Future conflicts will be won not by physical forces but by the availability and manipulation of information. Cyberwar would be accompanied by something else: “netwar.” Means trying to disrupt, damage, or modify what a target population “knows” or thinks it knows about itself and the world around. A netwar may focus on public or elite opinion or both. It may involve public diplomacy measures, propaganda and psychological campaigns, political and cultural subversion, deception of or …

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resonate

Storytelling according to “LikeWar: The Weaponisation of Social Media”

Good storytelling is important

1. The human brain was never equipped to operate in an information environment that moves at the speed of light. On the internet, virality is inseparable from reality.

2. When we do not know, or when we do not know enough, we tend always to substitute emotions for thoughts.

Building blocks

Narratives are the building blocks that explain both how humans see the world and how they exist in large groups. They provide the lens through which we perceive ourselves, others, and the environment around us.

Memory

They are the stories that bind the small to the large, connecting personal experience to some bigger notion of how the world works. The stronger a narrative is, the …

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blitzscaling

Why you should and shouldn’t read Blitzscaling

Eddy de Heij recommended “Blitzscaling, The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies”

Studying the exceptions and making it into a model?

After reading the first chapter, I send him an e-mail:

Hi Eddy,

Just finished the first chapter. The book sets a lot of conditions:

* Access to risk capital from VCs with huge risk appetite * Acces to a talent pool * A business model with a network effect * Experienced management team * Already at considerable scale

That is a very small pool to fish in. Will reserve judgement until I finish the full book, but it smells like a book studying the exceptions in hindsight and making that into a “model”.

PS Have just finished ”…

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