Have you stopped getting better? The biggest problem with most Flywheels & New Perth growth group starting
10 July 2022 Newsletter
“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows”
Hope you’re Thriving!
It’s been a good week, nay, a great week, as I’ve had time off with the family! Therefore this week’s update is a little different; I’m sure you’ll understand.
Let’s get into it!
Have you stopped getting better?
Atul Gawande is the famous surgeon who wrote about the importance of checklists in his book The Checklist Manifesto, and was responsible for implementing a simple surgical checklist for the World Health Organisation, designed by following the ideas described in his book that was subsequently adopted in more than twenty countries as a standard for care and was heralded as “the biggest clinical invention in thirty years”.
This week I came across an excellent article from Atul, where he asks himself, ‘Have I stopped getting better?’. He then talks about coaching and how even as a world-class surgeon, if you’ve plateaued, maybe it’s time for a coach.
Because maybe you’ve just stopped getting better.
From the article:
“What we think of as coaching was, sports historians say, a distinctly American development. During the nineteenth century, Britain had the more avid sporting culture; its leisure classes went in for games like cricket, golf, and soccer. But the aristocratic origins produced an ethos of amateurism: you didn’t want to seem to be trying too hard. For the Brits, coaching, even practicing, was, well, unsporting. In America, a more competitive and entrepreneurial spirit took hold. In 1875, Harvard and Yale played one of the nation’s first American-rules football games. Yale soon employed a head coach for the team, the legendary Walter Camp. He established position coaches for individual player development, maintained detailed performance records for each player, and pre-planned every game. Harvard preferred the British approach to sports. In those first three decades, it beat Yale only four times.”
“The concept of a coach is slippery. Coaches are not teachers, but they teach. They’re not your boss—in professional tennis, golf, and skating, the athlete hires and fires the coach—but they can be bossy. They don’t even have to be good at the sport. The famous Olympic gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi couldn’t do a split if his life depended on it. Mainly, they observe, they judge, and they guide.”
“Coaches are like editors, another slippery invention. Consider Maxwell Perkins, the great Scribner’s editor, who found, nurtured, and published such writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe. “Perkins has the intangible faculty of giving you confidence in yourself and the book you are writing,” one of his writers said in a New Yorker Profile from 1944. “He never tells you what to do,” another writer said. “Instead, he suggests to you, in an extraordinarily inarticulate fashion, what you want to do yourself.”
Read the article here: Personal Best Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you?
New Perth Group starting
If you’re interested in a coach, we’ve got a new Group Growth program in person, in Perth starting in August – reply to this email, and I can walk you through the details.
High-security file sharing
This week I came across a website that you might find valuable. ToffeeShare allows you to share files privately, without size limit, with end-to-end encryption, and without them being stored online.
You simply drag and drop your file onto the selected area on their website, get a link, and share that link securely with anyone else. Then, you close your browser to stop sharing. This simple tool is great for those who care about security.
Check it out here: ToffeeShare – Making sharing sweet
For those who care about getting through security, paywalls in particular, I came across this interesting tool in the past week.
Let’s say you want to read an online article, and a paywall protects that article. You can either pay their subscription or not read it. 12ft ladder is designed to get you over that paywall, so you can read the content you want because the founder “believes Google Adwords killed the web”.
I’ve found it works well with some sites, and some it doesn’t work with.
Check it out here: 12ft Ladder paywall breaker
This week on The Growth Whisperers podcast
The biggest problem with most Flywheels
(part one of two)
There’s a big problem with most flywheels, and it’s the main reason they’re destined to fail. The Flywheel Concept originated from Jim Collins’ book Good to Great and outlines a series of actions that a business takes in order to build momentum in the business. The Flywheel Concept is designed to build ever-increasing momentum and growth in a business, thereby making the business more successful over time.
The successful flywheels that are provided as examples are built after a deep understanding of the business’s fundamentals, and yet today we see many people showcasing flywheels that are never going to build momentum in a business.
In this episode one of two, we discuss five things to ensure that your flywheel will build momentum over time, and not end up a waste of time.
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