Music, Things I love

There, there my Dear by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

I’m a big fan of Spotify. I’m a big fan of their Discover Weekly playlist. I’m a big fan of Searching for the young soul rebels by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

This track popped up on my discover weekly playlist. It’s an absolute gem. I’m leaving it here.

For those of you using the Discover Weekly playlist. Here’s a link to a very handy IFTTT recipe for archiving your playlists.

 

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Work life

How I work….

Location: I live in Scottsdale, Arizona

Current computers:  Company issue Lenovo and a Macbook Pro

Current mobile devices:  iPhone 6 and Google Pixel 2

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Evernote, Todoist, Sonos, Spotify, headspace, V60 for coffee, Moleskine notebook and pen

What’s your workspace like? Tidy (ish). Laptop, two monitors. My desk is kept clear for the most part. I have some decent art on the wall to inspire me and I have my own v60.  I’m about to add a standing desk.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack? I could say ‘Not opening my emails until 10am’ but the best shortcut is to invest time in building your own process for getting things done. Being able to capture, collect and process all incoming stuff efficiently is key. I can’t recommend enough David Allen’s two books ‘Getting Things Done’ and ‘Making It Happen’ to build a framework for how to, well, get things done. ‘How to be a productivity Ninja’ by Graham Allcott is also a great read.

What everyday thing are you better at than anybody else?  errrr. Remembering useless stuff like actors names, bus timetables. Handy in a pub quiz though.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?  Todoist. Hands down.

What do you listen to while at work?  Spotify. I have a couple of playlists that I plough through:  ‘Currently listening to‘, Brian Eno Wants you to Study More, Getting things Done.

What are you currently reading?  Inside New order by Peter Hook; Get Some Headspace by Andi Puddicome, I also have a Rebus novel on the go.

What’s your sleep routine like?  Must try harder. Bed by 10pm, alarm is set for 6am. always awake at 5am. I’m an early bird but it also means I become next to useless by 9pm at night.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?  “Don’t rise to it.” When I was younger I would easily get wound up by little things, my Mum and Dad taught me to ignore it. I still struggle from time to time.

“You don’t have to turn this into something. It doesn’t have to upset you”
Marcus Aurelius
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Marketing, Work life

Leadership

I’ve just finished re-reading Les McKeown’s Lead. It is an area I’ve been reading into lately for a number of reasons. Primarily, it was to get a clearer understanding of what leadership really is. It’s a term that gets thrown around, seemingly at will.

Les defines leadership as

” helping any group of two or more people achieve their common goals”

So it’s really about people adding value rather than knowing more than anyone else. It’s certainly not defined by rank or seniority.

This means that there will be leaders scattered throughout any organisation.  They won’t have a fancy title or perhaps even see themselves as leaders. These are people who will do something differently, take on a new challenge, experiment and test. They will quietly deliver projects and actions that help their colleagues, their departments, and their companies achieve their common goals.

In whatever shape or form these actions are, they will undoubtedly take several other members of the organisation with them. And when these individuals act and behave as leaders it will become a natural step rather than a conscious decision to follow.

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Marketing

B2B Marketing Awards 2016

Pleased to have been a judge for this year’s B2B Marketing Awards. Once again I’m astounded by the quality of all the entries. The creativity and the results continue to demonstrate, to me at least, the B2B marketing is in rude health.

Best of luck to all the companies and individuals nominated.

 

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Craft Beer, Design, Marketing, Things I love

Storytelling in 3 videos

I’ve been thinking about storytelling lately. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about how the company I work for might be able to better tell stories.

So I started researching into how other industries and brands tell their stories. The following three videos are all ones I’ve found this week. Each with very different narratives but each one contains the key elements of a great story: a setting, a plot, a conflict and a resolution.

The Contenders

I’ve talked about Dicks Sporting Goods before.

Drink Better Beer – Matt Lane

This is a fantastic story about how BeerBods came to be. Very funny, very honest.

A film about Vitra

I recently treated myself to an Eames DSW chair for my home office. I love the mixture of history, ethos and tone in this video. I now feel part fo the club. Not part of the furniture, that wouldn’t be very Vitra I don’t think.

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7 of my favourite Podcasts.

In 2015, I’ve really up my consumption of Podcasts. I’ve been listening to Podcasts since about 2005, however it’s only in the last 12 months that I’ve really opened up to the wide variety. There are some that I listen to once or twice then unsubscribe and there are some that I religiously consume and there are those that I save for specific activities such as running.

 

Listed below are the ones I’ve really enjoyed in 2015.

 

If I recall this was the first podcast I ever subscribed too and have been a huge fan ever since. The Beebs flagship film programme, its the benchmark for great podcasting. I save it for the long weekend runs. Oh, and hello to Jason Isaacs.

 

I’ve been a huge fan of Adam and Joe for a very long time and the podcast of their 6music show still gets a fair bit of airtime in our house. It was therefore only natural that I’d immediately take a liking to Adam’s self-styled ‘Chatramble’. The latest edition with Louis Theroux is one of the funniest podcasts I’ve heard this year.

 

One of the longer podcasts I listen too, with most posting over two hours, Tim Ferris does an excellent job of diving into the interviewee. What I like about them is that they are all very relaxed and he’s clearly got an excellent understanding of the interview technique. He just let’s it flow.

 

I should listen to this more often and another one that I save for long runs. The recent episode ‘Status Update’ is a fascinating insight into how we perceive our own status.

 

I’m a relative newcomer to Answer Me This. The public submit questions, the hosts answer it. A very simple premise, excellent entertainment.

 

At 20 minutes long this fills the time it takes for me to walk from London Bridge to my office. It offers a really quick insight into whats happening in marketing each week. I just wish they would change their title music.

 

I’ve been looking for a decent rugby podcast for ages and was recommended this one during this year’s rugby world cup. It doesn’t take itself too seriously which is where I think other rugby podcasts let themselves down.

 

By and large, I’ll listen to each of the above every week, the list below are the ones I dip in and out of but should probably listen to more often:

 

 

Are there any podcasts not featured here that you think I should be listening to in 2016?

 

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