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What am I up to now?

Here’s what I’m up to.
I’m thinking about life as a series of interesting (and sometimes inter-related) projects:

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Strategic Growth Programme [SGP]:
The fundamentals for startups and small businesses looking to scale.

I spent the last 4 years forging a new, hugely competitive FinTech category in a high-growth, VC-backed, deep-tech startup.
And now I’ve decided to take what I’ve learned and developed, and bring it to others to give them the edge in building their vision.

I’ve just taken a first cohort of startup founders and small business owners through a 3-month training programme, laying out the fundamentals of Customer Development, vision creation, and strategic segmentation.

Here’s what one of the first cohort had to say about his experience:

We coupled this with a Growth Marketing 101 intensive. In this, we got to grips with some powerful tools and frameworks, and put them into practice to develop the actual go-to-market strategies for that cohort.

Next we developed the campaigns for executing on their go-to-market strategy.

I love doing this stuff. The teaching and training is incredibly rewarding as I get the opportunity to help people grow their business and impact the lives of their audience ?

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Dream100 Labs:
A process for systematically building strategic partnerships.
I originally came across this concept from a guy named Chet Holmes (late).
He ran sales for one of Charlie Munger’s companies. Charlie Munger is Warren Buffett’s business partner.

Here is Chet giving an overview of the Dream 100 strategy (2 mins):

I’m currently putting together a plug-and-play programme to help entrepreneurs create and implement their own Dream100 strategy to explode the growth of their business.
This is possibly the most fun project I have ever worked on ?

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Daily:

Spinning the plates of spaced repetition on a network of interlinked memory palaces in my head. They contain all of the processes, names & stories that I want to retain in long-term memory.
I’m building out some of those as digital memory palaces. For example, here’s one I’ve built taking Shane Parrish’s mental models set, also derived from Charlie Munger:

Here’s what mental models are all about, if you are unfamiliar.
In short, they are mental concepts or frameworks that help you make sense of the world.
This video gives you a sense:

Link to Shane Parrish’s FarnamStreetBlog article on Mental Models:
https://www.fs.blog/mental-models/

Earlier this year I took a group through an 8-week course to help them onboard an entire latticework of mental models to help with their day-to-day operational decision making.

Decision models were aggregated from Shane Parrish & Edward de Bono (coined the term “lateral thinking”.
The cohort included high-profile VCs, hedge fund managers, neurologists, among others.

Some of the group have been most interested in how to take this to an extreme, but a practical extreme. Not memorising decks of cards and the like, but for useful knowledge management.
Here’s my current knowledge management stack:

If you’d be interested in learning more about this, or if you have content and would like to understand if your audience could benefit from having your content embedded deeply into their long-term memory, then email:

rich@storythis.com

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Also…

  • I’m currently spending time figuring out if I want to build an online marketplace for wellbeing…
  • Taking time to reflect. Practicing daily vipassana (10-20 mins).
  • Reconnecting to the core of what is fun, and deeply interesting.
  • [MPM]:  Memory Palace Mindfulness
    • Ingraining the mental tools for psychological resilience in business & life.
  • Trying out
  • Other future:
    • building a memory palace platform.
    • Building an app that helps you track what media you consume and where in your memory you are storing it → where you are in the process of putting something into your long-term memory.

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Updated Monday 6th August 2018.

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