The Happy Startup Community Podcast

The Happy Startup Community Podcast

By The Happy Startup School
Stories and knowledge from the community to help anybody out there who's starting a new venture or going through some radical changes in their existing business. We're here to take away the overwhelm of making critical and complicated decisions that will have a big impact not only on your business but also your life. We're here to create a safe space to find the answers for yourself. We'll open the door to new ideas and opportunities and show you what's inside. It's then up to you to take the step forward. If you want to make money, do good and be happy then I highly recommend listening along.
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What is community with Casper ter Kuile
Casper ter Kuile is one of the authors of the How We Gather report which is an exploration into how Millennials are finding and building communities of meaning and belonging. He’s also the co-host of the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text which itself has grown into a community and business in its own right. During our conversation we discuss what community means to Casper and how our need for belonging in the modern age is being met by different secular organisations. Some excerpts from this episode: in a time of social isolation and mental health crises how do we live lives of deep connection community is a group of people where you are deeply known and deeply loved there’s an overuse of the word community because there’s such a need for it community is not fun all of the time: it can be stifling and people know your business community is wonderful but is also terrible the pendulum as swung to the other side where people are too free but it comes with this sense of disconnection relationships are held by structures there’s been a shift that people would rather affiliate with thought leaders, influencers and people rather than institutions and companies it’s incredibly powerful to see ourselves in another’s story in fitness communities people come for the body but stay for the breakthrough people gather around a common activity (the third thing) you can only lead others as far as you’ve gone yourself fill up yourself before you can help others leaders need a place where their needs are met as well (which isn’t necessarily their own communities/organisations) in our culture having a hot body is something we will pay for it’s easier to build communities around fitness groups because culturally it’s more acceptable to pay for that donations are a simple way to generate financial sustainability for communities have something of value that people recognise and then have community as the second layer of value that people get as a benefit there’s a hesitation about money and community but we shouldn’t be afraid to bring money into community and articulating its value community is a powerful healthcare strategy could we see tax breaks for communities in order to pay for community people need to not only justify to themselves but also to their peers can we design our organisations based on the principles of community if a community is only for itself only, it will die. communities need a purpose bigger than itself more and more of us our finding our closest friendships at work maybe there’s something beyond the triple bottom line which is about our relational connection in organisations a covenant is about how we’re going to be in this work that we’re doing together and can help with managing conflict it’s not just about scaling wide but also scaling deep To find out more about Casper’s work check out: https://www.howwegather.org/ http://www.caspertk.com/ http://www.harrypottersacredtext.com/
1:03:24
June 19, 2019
Coaching, mentoring and feeling the fear with Pete Mosley
For over a year and a half I’ve been coaching various members of our community on a one to one basis. I get great joy from working with people one to one and helping them get clarity about the what’s ahead of them and what’s getting in their way. I want to help people create businesses and do work that gives them joy, energy and an income. I want to be the best I can be at that and so having the opportunity to talk to Pete Mosley about coaching and mentoring was an amazing privilege. A speaker at our 2017 Summercamp, Pete leads a portfolio existence. He’s a keen writer contributor to Psychologies Magazine and the Quiet Revolution website. He’s a coach for people who aren’t comfortable with self promotion. And he delivers training and group coaching. He trained as a coach with Barefoot Coaching. In this episode we talk about what coaching means to him, the difference between coaching and mentoring and the hidden hurdles that get in our way. Excerpts from this episode: * When building a business not only do you need to consider your value proposition and the problem/solution fit but also the venture/entrepreneur fit. * People are happy to pay for advice but not so much to get help get clarity about what they should be doing * The difference with between mentoring and coaching is the direction of flow of creativity and energy. For mentoring the flow is from mentor to mentee while for coaching the flow is from coachee to coach, where the coach is using probing questions. * Coaching is about championing somebody and helping them engage with what they’re about to do enthusiastically. * You should only be setting goals for yourself that have meaning, that make sense, play to your strengths and that give you pleasure. Otherwise the chance of you attaining them are pretty low. * Taking ownership is about being the best informed and best resourced person to make the decision. * If there’s a mismatch between your values and your goals then you can run aground. * People adopt structured approaches to coaches because it benefits the business model. * The most valuable aspect of coaching is the quality of the relationship between coach and coachee, something more subtle than just a business transaction * Sometimes the rushing towards solutions can be the most damaging thing you can do as it’s the worst possible thing for free thinking * Human beings aren’t supposed to be time bound or expectations bound * There’s something very fertile in the chaos * Your definition of success doesn’t have to be like anybody else’s. * Hiring people that think differently and with diversity of attention * Authenticity isn’t something that you can claim, it’s something that is bestowed on you by others. * The thing that most people fear isn’t the situation but the unpleasant sensations and the discomfort they feel. * These unpleasant feelings and sensations are there to inform us and guide us. We can learn to work with these unpleasant feelings. You can find Pete on Twitter - @petemosley He regularly writes articles on LinkedIn and for Psychologies Magazine and he’s the author of the book The Art of Shouting Quietly.
56:01
June 12, 2019
Talking autonomy, accountability and agency with Jon Barnes
In the episode with Jon Barnes we explore his ideas on education and work. He shares his thoughts on the way we've been schooled and how it has impacted on the way we work. We're all brought up told exactly how things are: what to wear, where to sit and when to speak. Schooling is something done to us rather than for us. We're not given autonomy, and so we don't learn accountability and so lose our sense of agency. This has repercussions on our sense of freedom and our ability to act independently or entrepreneurially as adults. He tells the story of the changes he saw in his son, Ivor, when they took a family adventure to Costa Rica and enrolled him in Casa Sula, a school that promotes independent learning. Talking about Ivor's shift from needing to told what to do to becoming more self driven and motivated starts our conversation about Jon's own work and why he considers himself an activist trying to change the restrictive systems that exist in the workplace.
1:05:20
June 5, 2019
Using nature to nurture your creativity with Nigel Berman
In this episode of the podcast I’m joined by Nigel Berman founder of School of the Wild. Nigel has joined us at Summercamp for the past few years. His gift to camp is an immersive experience that leaves attendees with a sense of awe and fuels their creativity. During our conversation he shares his entrepreneurial adventure in accountancy, magazine publishing, speed dating events, online ecostores and now experiences in nature.  He currently works with leaders and organisations to help them with innovation and problem solving by getting them into the wild. Nigel’s entrepreneurial journey has been based on following his passion. If you’re looking for an alternative path to being an entrepreneur that doesn’t involve getting an MBA and selling yourself to venture capitalists then I recommend you listen on. For Nigel this path is about deciding what you really love and what you can give. This is why we love having Nigel contribute each year, he aligns so closely to our mission. Our Happy Startup Summercamp is the antidote to the always on culture that many of us find ourselves in. This is your chance to slow down, connect with others, and connect with yourself. You’ll leave camp looking at the world very differently, more optimistic, full of possibility and overloaded with creativity.
51:33
May 29, 2019
Visualising your business strategy with Christine Chopyak
 On this episode of the podcast I talk to Christine Chopyak, a visual strategist and idea builder from Denver, Colorado. We met last year at our Alptitude retreat on Mount Hood in Oregon. She's the author of Picture your Business Strategy, a book that helps you master the principles of "strategic illustration", a proven system for visualising ideas. Christine discovered the power of visual strategy nearly 20 years ago and it’s changed her life and how she relates to people. For her it’s a way to make ideas come alive. Christine will be joining us at this year’s Summercamp and will be running a workshop for people who want to learn how to use drawing to help them get more clarity for their business. Here are some nuggets from our conversation: Too many thinkers like to hear themselves talk. Designing your week to help you manage your energy When you’re too attached to an idea you can forget what you’re actually trying to do Visual strategy helps you see where you’re going and see where you’ve been in one breath The brain processes images 60 times faster than text In order for your brain to understand an image it only needs to be 30% accurate 80% of the population learn visually From the ages of 0 to 3 we make sense of the world through shape and colour and so we all have the capacity to visualise ideas Prototyping and storyboarding your service or product is the best way to understand your customer. It’s both fun and revealing. The more complicated your business the more important it is to try and visualise it We don’t get to see the diversity of solutions unless we try and visualise them Engaging with your customers and clients using a visual approach can help you uncover what they really need Once we get our ideas on a page we see patterns that we can’t see when we’re in our own heads When you give people a picture they’re not so quick to start editing while they’re much more keen to edit your text Drawing together helps you start building together Doodling helps you listen and retain information better Use word anchors if you feel like you’re not great at drawing Join us at Summercamp to get hands on experience of being a visual strategist Find out more about Christine on her website - www.arlosoul.com And you can email her on info@arlosoul.com. Her book is available on Amazon and is called Picture Your Business Strategy: Transform Decisions with the Power of Visuals
55:40
May 22, 2019
Creating space for meaningful conversations with Line Morkbak
At Summercamp we devote much of the middle Saturday afternoon to hosting an Open Space session. This is a chance for all the attendees to have the conversations and curate the discussions that they want to have. We've found it a powerful way to connect people and to surface the real needs of our attendees. It's a bit scary for people not used to it but if you open yourself up to possibility and ride the uncertainty you WILL find the person and have the conversation that is most important for you. Last year the session was hosted and held by Line Morkbak alongside Marcus Pibworth and Nick Stevens. In this episode I talk to Line about her work and also about what Open Space is and how it works. We also touch on the topics of serendipity, the future of work, leadership and collaboration. As well as being a master facilitator and creator of collaborative environments Line's on a mission to discover powerful workplace innovations across the globe. Her project Leap Laboratory (https://www.gleapconsult.com/the-leap-lab) is a series of interviews with changemakers who are experimenting with inspiring ways to rethink workplace structures and collaboration. More about Summercamp Website - www.happystartupsummer.camp Gallery - https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheHappyStartupSchool/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1912693348767824 Trailer video - https://vimeo.com/298048389
53:58
May 15, 2019
How do we grow? with Christina Kisley
This is the second in my series of podcasts about Summercamp and the people who'll be there. In this episode I'm joined by Christina Kisley where we talk about her work to help people grow. She says “I love helping people grow.” She's an expert in organisational effectiveness and an entrepreneur coach. We met on our Alptitude retreat in 2018 and her wealth of knowledge and humble way means you can’t help feel both inspired and at ease in her company. During our conversation we talk about two types of growth: maturing growth and restorative growth. The latter is about addressing the pain in our past so as to live more fully in the present. And by living more fully we have better relationships and become better business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders. The lower your ability to lead, the lower the lid on your potential and the potential impact of your organization. Christina says “when you’re in a startup or a small team your stuff can get in the way real fast”. She calls this the Law of the Lid, and you’re the lid. We also talk about how growth happens in community and that “we are so much more invested in each other when we heal and grow together.” Our Happy Startup Community exists to create spaces for people to find their role in the world before it’s too late. Part of finding that role is personal growth and a space where this growth can happen is our Happy Startup Summercamp. I hope you’ll join us there. More about Summercamp Website - www.happystartupsummer.camp Gallery - https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheHappyStartupSchool/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1912693348767824 Trailer video - https://vimeo.com/298048389
49:50
May 8, 2019
Creating Communal Peak Experiences with Sanderson Jones
This podcast is the first in a series of episodes where I'll be focussing on our annual event here in the south of England called the Happy Startup Summercamp. We first held this event in 2013 and we're now into our 7th year. Summercamp is the business event that Laurence and I were looking for when we were running our digital agency. It's a heady mix of inspirational talks, practical workshops, fun activities, deep conversations and serendipitous connections. We have veteran campers who come back every year and we have new attendees who have no idea what they're in for. They come together as strangers and leave as friends. Over the next 5 episodes I'll be talking to some of our Summercamp contributors so you can get to know them and what they bring to camp. My hope is you'll have a better understanding of what it's like to be at the event. I'm kicking off the series with the MC of Summercamp and the glue that sticks everything together. Sanderson Jones is one of the founders of Sunday Assembly and also the creator of Lifefulness. In Sandeson's words Lifefulness is to congregation what mindfulness is to meditation. During the discussion we talk about peak experiences, the importance of gathering with others and what it's like to be on startup love island. If you're passionate about building community and hosting events that create real impact then listen on. More about Summercamp Website - www.happystartupsummer.camp Gallery - https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheHappyStartupSchool/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1912693348767824 Trailer video - https://vimeo.com/298048389
51:45
May 1, 2019
Unlocking your creativity with Mart Gordon
This episode is another intimate conversation and exploration with one of our Happy Startup members, Mart Gordon, a long time member of our community and veteran of our Happy Startup Summercamp. It’s a great bridge between the last two episodes with Charlie and Max where we talked about clarity, conflict and needs to the next four episodes where I’ll be focussing on telling the story of our Happy Startup Summercamp and talking to some of the great contributors who’ll be joining there this September. For those of you who don’t know our Happy Startup Summercamp is our in-person off-grid gathering in the Sussex countryside where 150 purpose-driven entrepreneurs and changemakers come together to share ideas, break bread and get inspired. Mart attended his first camp four years ago and during this episode he tells me how Summercamp helped set him on his path to creating Mundo Novus, a creative and innovation consultancy.We talk about his serendipitous journey, the power of play and how we can all be creative. While I didn’t stick to my intention of keeping the episode to 20 minutes long I did make it effortless to create. You can tell me if it’s effortless to consume. If you’re just starting on your own journey of finding work that feels meaningful or you’re stuck in a rut and trying to work your way out of it on your own then I do recommend having a listen. If any thoughts or questions come up for you while you’re listening then please hit me up on Twitter (@kungfucarlos) or ping me an email (carlos@happystartups.co).
56:24
April 24, 2019
Fighting well with Max St. John
If we're going to work together better we need to be able to manage conflict in a healthy way. There are some big, seemingly intractable problems that need to be solved in the world (as well as some smaller ones) that will need a collaborative and collective approach to deal with them. With any groups there will be friction and being able to work through our differences will be key to working effectively.In this episode I talk to Max St John, founder of Being Wild Things and author of the Fighting Well course. He's a trainer/coach/consultant/facilitator whose work focuses on helping people manage conflict. We talk about his small holding in Cornwall and working with nature as well as his work in helping people fight well.Some choice excerpts are: - Who am I, who are you and how can we work together better? - The high frequencies that we vibrate at that are not in tune with the slower frequencies of nature. - You can't do a Facebook campaign to accelerates your pea growth! - Unhealthy conflict = unconsciously reacting and creating distance. - Healthy conflict = awareness of my reactions and how I can choose to react in a way that best serves the situation. - Meaningful work is a creative expression of ourselves and so negative feedback can really hurt and trigger us to react unhealthily. Find out more about what he does by going to his website or just listen to the podcast on iTunes or online on Anchor.fm.
43:04
April 17, 2019
What are the real benefits of blockchain? with Evan Yap
I'm not sure if I'll ever truly understand how blockchain works and I've got a PhD. However, on this episode talking to Evan Yap I got to understand how it could be used to create social good. It isn't just for creating alternative currencies but it can be applied in so many ways whether that's identity verification, tracking your medical history or switching universities. Listen to find out more.
45:55
April 12, 2019
What does it really mean to have a very clear idea? with Charles Davies
Several years ago Laurence and I were sat in a room with Charles Davies talking about the Happy Startup School. We were there to get clear about what the school was about. What were we doing this for? During this process we came up with the phrase "Creating spaces for people to discover their role in the world before it's tool late". It's a simple sentence that took me a while to understand and own, but now underpins everything we do. When you have a clear idea you're tapping into your intuition and the work you do becomes more effortless. The work nourishes you and you have an appetite to do it. To find out more about Charlie's work go to his website https://www.howtobeclear.com/ But why not start by listening to me and him talk about what it means to be clear.
57:33
April 10, 2019
What does it take to run an impactful retreat? with Laurence McCahill
This episode starts off a bit chaotically as it was recorded just before our first Ideas Café event in London. We were at the 42 Acres event space in Shoreditch which was lovely but also a little challenging with people coming in and out of the space... We've been running retreats and business festivals for the past 6 years. A couple of weeks before the recording of this podcast Laurence, Sophie and I took some time to plot out what it took to put together an event like Alptitude. When we finished it looked like the world had run out of Post-it notes. If we'd been aware beforehand of what it would take to run a retreat we would have had second thoughts about making it happen. But we didn't, and the motivation to make it happen wasn't borne of taking advantage of an opportunity or creating a new revenue stream. Alptitude happens because it excites us and we need it ourselves. The question then was: if we need it who else needs it? Apparently at least 180 people (we've done 9 retreats so far), and we're finding many more. Listen on if you'd like to learn what it takes to put Alptitude together and what it's like to be there. Find out more about the retreat here - http://alptitu.de
39:11
April 5, 2019
The messy journey of building a business with Toby Moore
One of my intentions with my podcast is to share the stories of real startups on real journeys - the ups, the downs and the sideways moments. I'm hoping by sharing the story of Toby Moore, founder of Content Club, you'll connect with his journey of building his business and identify with the struggles and opportunities that he came across. The business building thing isn't a linear path and the destination is not always clear but as we continue along the path the way forward eventually becomes more apparent. I hope you enjoy this intimate conversation with Toby and please reach out to him and if you're a member of the community please reach out to him and say hello.
35:13
April 3, 2019
Dealing with overwhelm with Ines Gaston
In this episode I talk to Ines Gaston who recently joined the community. She’s a trained psychologist in the early stage of her building her coaching business. When I first talked to Ines she was struggling to understand how to reach new customers. She has a need to share her gifts and experience which she knows that can help many people. But given she’s not able to clearly define a target audience she’s finding it overwhelming trying to decide what her next step should be. There are so many ways to reach people and they all have their own different contexts. She feels pulled in so many different directions by different types of advice and she just wishes there was someone who could just show her the way. If you find yourself in a similar position then I recommend you have a listen. I also recommend listening to two earlier podcasts with Ben Johnson and Alan Wick on pricing and How much should people pay me for what I do? respectively.
39:43
March 28, 2019
How much should I charge for my work? with Ben Johnson
If you've got something of immense value, not only monetarily but also in how it could positively change someones life, then it's your responsibility to get it to as many people as possible.   Knowing how to price well is essential not only for the sustainability of your business but also in making sure the right people buy what you offer.   Don't expect your customers to be able to intuitively know whether to work with you or not. If they don't understand your pricing then they're missing out on the value you provide and that would make their lives better.   Please listen if you've created a product or service that you know will make people's lives better but have struggled to put a price on it that feels right and makes sense.
33:17
March 27, 2019
Launching your first online course with Gail Bainbridge
In this episode I talk to Gail Bainbridge about launching her first online course. And while we break down her approach by thinking of tactics and strategies it's clear that while all the theory is useful once the rubber hits the road it's a totally different experience. Learning about startup is one thing. Doing it is another. Our intention with the Happy Startup School is to share with you all the tools you need to get clear about how to approach this sometimes scary journey. But more importantly we exist to support you while you try things out and not only learn new skills but also learn about yourself along the way. This is a journey of adventure where the objective isn't just a sustainable and viable business but also a greater understanding of our place in the world and what we can contribute to it. During this episode we tackle some of the fundamentals with launching a new product. What is my real intention for finding "early adopters" to improve the product or to validate the price?
25:42
March 20, 2019
The minimum viable audience with Alan Wick
When you're launching a new product or business you're going to want to focus down on who you really want to help because if you talk to everyone you talk to no one. In this episode I discuss with Alan Wick the idea of the minimum viable audience. Rather than trying to go broad and sell to everyone you should pick the people who'll love what you do and find out what their dreams, wishes, hopes and fears are. All too often entrepreneurs start with an idea and then try to push it onto anyone in earshot. Instead be clear about who you want to help and what you want to help them with. You can then develop the right product and position it in the right way so your audience understands what you offer and the value it provides. This will make selling more effortless. You may only need 1,000 or even 100 customers to make a successful business. But unless you can define your MVA the you'll never know.
29:02
March 13, 2019
I finally managed to record a podcast about procrastination with Mike Coulter
A big challenge of turning your passion into profits is taking that first step. Procrastination can kill your idea quicker than any customer feedback. Where does procrastination come from and how do we overcome it? In this episode I talk to community member and Tiny Habits coach Mike Coulter about how creating Tiny Habits can get from dreaming to doing. He has a little pop at Simon Sinek and share why he thinks that sometimes starting with why can stop you from starting. Listen to find out more... If anybody wants to get started with Tiny Habits you can read about the free 5 day email based version here. Also, during this episode Mike mentions the book by Scott Adams called How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life, which you can check out here.
33:07
March 6, 2019
How much should people pay me for what I do? with Alan Wick
Pricing vs charging and how to avoid burnout.
21:13
February 26, 2019
So why is storytelling so important?
It’s START season at the Happy Startup School and we believe one of the most important things when starting a new business or project is how you communicate what it’s about to others and how you motivate them to join you or help you. The way to do this most effectively is storytelling and so listen along to find out why.
18:52
February 21, 2019
Thoughts from February’s Ideas Café
This is a trial run with using anchor.fm to get into a rhythm for our podcast.
15:42
February 13, 2019
Happy Startup Canvas Clinic
A webinar that Carlos hosted with students from Birkbeck College who wanted to follow up about how to use the Happy Startup Canvas.
12:13
February 12, 2019
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