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MindStyling for Entrepreneurs showcases leaders who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries. We join hosts Dr Becky Sage and Amy Armstrong as they interview a diverse range of entrepreneurs who’ve cut their own path to success. Our top-tips episodes will distill some of the techniques that people running their own businesses use to get through the challenges and celebrate the successes in a healthy and sustainable way. We give you the tools to start "MindStyling" for yourself, we invite you to subscribe and try out our MindStyling tools as you build a successful future, whatever that means for you. Finalists in the BBC Radio 5 live, Rachael Bland Podcast Award and Creative Impact Awards

MindStyling for Entrepreneurs Dr Becky Sage and Amy Armstrong

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MindStyling for Entrepreneurs showcases leaders who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries. We join hosts Dr Becky Sage and Amy Armstrong as they interview a diverse range of entrepreneurs who’ve cut their own path to success. Our top-tips episodes will distill some of the techniques that people running their own businesses use to get through the challenges and celebrate the successes in a healthy and sustainable way. We give you the tools to start "MindStyling" for yourself, we invite you to subscribe and try out our MindStyling tools as you build a successful future, whatever that means for you. Finalists in the BBC Radio 5 live, Rachael Bland Podcast Award and Creative Impact Awards

    Kerstyn and Suzi's top tip: Don’t kitchen-sink: keep it simple. Start with the problem - it's all about that.

    Kerstyn and Suzi's top tip: Don’t kitchen-sink: keep it simple. Start with the problem - it's all about that.

    In today's Top Tips episode, Amy and Becky reflect on Kerstyn and Suzi's warning:

    "Don't kitchen-sink it: keep it simple. It's all about the problem."

    We muse how easy it is as entrepreneurs and instinctive innovators, to try to do everything, and be everything, to everybody.  Instead we think about:
    How to say no, and prioritise effectively.Finding the sweet spot where the needs of your customers, the needs of your audience, and your own needs overlap.The power of mastery and getting really good at one key area of focusAmy asks, when you say yes to one idea, what are you saying no to?  The 3 P’s can help you refine your focus and clarity on how to organise your resources:
    Projects: What projects do you need to abandon or postpone? What meetings will you no longer attend? What resources do you need to divert to the yes? People: What expectations do you need to manage? What relationships will be affected? Patterns: What habits do you need to break? What old stories or dated ambitions you need to update? What beliefs about yourself do you need to let go of?Finally, Becky flags the importance of taking others with you, and nurturing relationships when you implement change.

    Do you share our tendency to 'kitchen-sink' it?  How do you get clear on what to say yes to, and therefore say no to, too?  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.  Please rate, review, and subscribe to The MindStyling podcast and newsletter.

    About MindStyling
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    Host: Amy Armstrong
    Website: https://amyarmstrongcoaching.com
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    About MeeToo, founded by Kerstyn Comley PhD and Suzi Godson
    Website: https://www.meetoo.help/how-meetoo-works

    • 19 min
    Kerstyn Comley & Suzi Godson: MeeToo makes it easy to talk about difficult things

    Kerstyn Comley & Suzi Godson: MeeToo makes it easy to talk about difficult things

    Kerstyn Comley PhD and Suzi Godson, soon to be PhD are co-founders of MeeToo, an app that allows people to talk anonymously about difficult things with other people of a similar age or experience. The MeeToo mission is to provide mental help to everyone, everywhere by delivering pre-moderated, anonymous digital peer support which is effective, accessible, cheap, safe and scalable. 

    Co-CEO Suzi Godson has been The Times sex and relationships columnist for 16 years and her books have been translated into fifteen languages.

    Co-CEO Kerstyn Comley  has twenty years experience in development, product and business management. Before starting MeeToo she founded a successful IT consultancy and co-led a project to open a new Free School.


    We discussed:


    Lean methodology and misconceptions around what an MVP isThe value of going slow whilst you still canGetting impact investmentHow writing a book helped their businessMental ill health and the impact of COVID on their businessAbout MeeToo:

    Website: https://www.meetoo.help/how-meetoo-works

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    Host: Amy Armstrong
    Website: https://amyarmstrongcoaching.com
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    Host: Dr Becky Sage
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    • 1 hr
    Heather's Top Tip: Hire really good people

    Heather's Top Tip: Hire really good people

    In this episode Becky and Amy reflect on the criticality of Heather Lyons' Top Tip: "Hire really good people."

    No business leader would dispute the value of this; for founders, great hires are particularly important.  We muse on the common pitfalls around hiring for start ups.

    We emphasise the value of hire slow and fire fast:
    The wrong people can be extremely distructive, especially for small teams.Don't be scared to ask too much: get clear of what you are looking for.Don't assume others won't be as excited and motivated by the business' mission as much as you are.Get training and support in how to hire and how to manage well.Factor in time to build strong team foundations and nurture team growth.Take care not to feel obliged to give early supporters a share of the business or take a salaried role.Get creative with short contracts initially focused on discrete packages of work with clear KPIs.Importantly, take the long term view and work back from your vision for the business: design an organisation that allows you to be in your zone of genius!We would love to hear about your experiences with hiring. Please connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter using the links below; and subscribe to The MindStyling podcast and newsletter.

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    Website: mindstyling.group
    Host: Amy Armstrong
    Website: https://amyarmstrongcoaching.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyarmstrongcoach/
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    Host: Dr Becky Sage
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    Website: www.beckysage.com
    About Heather Lyons and Blue Shift Coding
    Website: https://blueshiftcoding.com

    • 14 min
    Heather Lyons: Because these are such unprecedented times, this was an amazing opportunity to get some feedback

    Heather Lyons: Because these are such unprecedented times, this was an amazing opportunity to get some feedback

    Heather Lyons is the co-founder of Blue Shift Coding, a company on a mission to empower young people to be more than tech consumers, to be digital creators!

    Heather originally trained as an architect, but had always worked in technology as a user experience (UX) designer. 

    In 2013, Heather was approached by some mums who were keen for their children to learn to code. Heather had been teaching computer-based design at university level in London and had children of my own. She was also passionate about empowering children to create with code as opposed to simply consuming technology through yet another device. With this in mind, she set about teaching code. Their first term started with eight children in her garden! Those eight children all re-enrolled and they soon started running after-school clubs at a nearby girls’ school.

    Now Blue-Shift offers online classes, after school clubs, holiday camps and private tuition to lots of young people who are getting excited about being tech creators


    How important it is to gather evidence for your productOpportunities to design better educationHow she helps her team avoid burnoutBuilding the right team and the value of a company scorecardFor more information on the Women in Innovation award: https://info.ktn-uk.org/p/2VFU-7DT/women-in-innovation-newsletter-sign-up

    About Blue Shift Coding

    Website: https://blueshiftcoding.com

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    Host: Amy Armstrong
    Website: https://amyarmstrongcoaching.com
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    Host: Dr Becky Sage
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    Website: www.beckysage.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Kate Dimbleby's Top Tip: Ask yourself questions because you'll find some really interesting answers. Ask is that true?

    Kate Dimbleby's Top Tip: Ask yourself questions because you'll find some really interesting answers. Ask is that true?

    In this week's Top Tips episode, Becky and Amy celebrate Kate Dimbleby's Top Tip:

    "Ask yourself questions.  Keep talking to yourself because you'll find some really interesting answers.  Ask is that true?"

    As business leaders, an ability to step back and understand the context within which we are making decisions is invaluable for our personal and business' growth.

    Reflective Practice gives us the tools to gain perspective.  We ponder how to reflect  effectively:
    Where you are on the blame continuum? Are you assigning all fault to yourself for things which have gone wrong , or are you blaming everyone but you?!In a lean culture, learning is a metric for success: move away from blame towards lessons learnt.Move from being reflective to reflexive - take into account possible unconscious biases, and underlying assumptions.Consciously create a positive environment which supports good quality thinking.Check in with yourself: ask if your negative thoughts about yourself are really true? Take care to focus on what's working well.We discuss Rolfe's simple three step model to support reflection which moves you forward.  Ask:

    1.  What?  What was I trying to achieve?  What happened?  What were the consequences?  What patterns, habits, strengths, weaknesses have I demonstrated?

    2. So What?  What does this teach me?  What does this imply?  What other knowledge could I have brought to this situation?  What resources could I have used?  What could I have done differently?

    3. Now What?  What do I need to do to improve things?  What broader issues need to be considered?  What do I need to work on and learn about?  What shall I do differently going forwards?

    Move from big picture reflections, to the critical next step.  Keep asking those questions, positively and pragmatically!

    We would love to hear about your reflective practices and how you enable yourself to keep moving forwards. Please connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter using the links below; and subscribe to The MindStyling podcast and newsletter.
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    Host: Amy Armstrong
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    Host: Dr Becky Sage
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    About Stornaway.io and Kate Dimbleby
    Sign up: https://www.stornaway.io
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/stornaway\_io
    Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/company/51624573/
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    • 17 min
    Kate Dimbleby: It's about the creative process - that is what's driving it

    Kate Dimbleby: It's about the creative process - that is what's driving it

    Kate Dimbleby, co-founder of Stornaway.io has been working for 25 years as a producer, performer, singer, songwriter, teacher and facilitator. She has recorded 6 albums and has toured the world with theatrical music shows, working with world-class musicians, writers and other artists to tell stories about women's voices.
     
    Kate has developed a structure for writing and developing her ideas to allow for maximum creative freedom and flexibility particularly live on stage. This has informed the creation of the story map and writing tools for Stornaway.io - a ground-breaking interactive filmmaking platform that she launched in May 2020 with her husband filmmaker and technologist Ru Howe.  

    Stornaway.io's drag and drop authoring tools enable creators in Entertainment, Business, Learning and Agencies to easily craft and pre-vis compelling interactive video stories for delivery to websites, social media, VOD platforms and YouTube!

    We discussed:
    Moving from the music industry to a tech startup Getting out of the buildingReaching out to people we knowShifting cultures as you shift to different marketsWaiting for the right time to target you market

    About Stornaway.io and Kate Dimbleby
    Sign up: https://www.stornaway.io
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/stornaway\_io
    Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/company/51624573/
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    • 1 hr 9 min

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