Move The Needle - August Edition

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Welcome to the August edition of Move The Needle, by Ford Hastings. 

Our aim is to positively impact businesses through effective Leadership and Business Strategy design and implementation. With every interaction, we try to aid, inform, or connect our followers.

Our 'Move The Needle' Newsletter is a curation of the best articles covering Leadership, Creativity and Innovation, Sales and Marketing, Finance, Decision Making, Performance (personal and team) and more.

By curating high impact, actionable articles, videos, tweets and books; you can get the information that helps you move the needle in your business or for your clients, saving you hours of time looking yourself.

Raising Money For Action Medical Research

Joe has been training all year for the 'Race The Sun' Lake District Race, to raise money for Action Medical Research for children, which he completed with a team over the weekend.

Action Medical Research are the leading UK charity funding vital research to help defeat the diseases that devastate the lives of sick and disabled babies, children and young people.

The challenge involved 50 miles of cycling, a tough canoe section, and climbing up and down Mount Helvellyn (it's quite big!).

There was torrential rain, hail, lightening and 50 mph cross winds - fantastic fun!

We are a little short of our donation target. If you'd like to help, please donate here.

Race The Sun For Action Medical Research
Race The Sun For Action Medical Research

1. Move The Needle In Your Personal Development - Impact Theory University

Tom Bilyeu is an American entrepreneur best known as a co-founder of Quest Nutrition, the second-fastest-growing private company in North America on the Inc 5000 for 2014. Bilyeu is also a member of the Innovation Board for Peter Diamandis's X Prize Foundation.

In 5 years, he helped grow Quest to over a $1bn valuation and made a successful exit. He has a net worth of circa $400m.

Since then, he launched a new company, Impact Theory, with the Mission to 'Ignite Human Potential'. He has a Vision set and Phase 1 of his plan was to build an audience by creating a world class podcast. Impact Theory is a weekly interview show that explores the mindsets of the world’s highest achievers to learn their secrets to success. We've featured a couple of the shows in this newsletter.

Tom has now moved onto Phase 2 of his Vision, whereby he has launched a Mindset and Business University online.

I've signed up for 6 weeks or so now and am pleased to report, the information is very rich and actionable. On the business front, it's particularly useful when considering the paradigm shift occurring as a result of Social Media, and the need for companies to develop a brand in a fundamentally different way to years gone past.

Here is the link to the course:

2. How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over

Talking of Mindset, check out this talk by Mel Robbins on how to stop screwing yourself over. It's one of the most watched Ted talks of all time.

Robbins drills through the mental clutter that stands between people and what they want. Her approach is smart, effective and entertaining.

3. What Is Leadership?

We recently wrote a 3,500 word guide on leadership.

It's based on a detailed Jordan Peterson podcast. We use the podcast to tease out the lessons and summarize them in guide form.

What is Leadership? Are you Born With It? Can it be learned?

Studying the podcast, we can gather that:

  • Leadership is an emergent property
  • Leadership is context specific
  • There are a set of commonalities found in some leaders

Read the guide here.

4. Social Media and Ad Design Creator

Content creation in a meaningful and high-impact way is becoming a central pillar to developing brand awareness for you company's products and services.

For a lot of you, a well thought out content strategy will help to Move The Needle on your business.

Crello is a free, easy-to-use design tool for creating stunning visuals.

Use free templates made by professionals and customize them for your designs.

Check out the link here.

5. Want To Join a Community Of Brilliant Entrepreneurs? Check Out The Supper Club

Since 2003, The Supper Club have enabled thousands of founders and CEOs to realise their growth ambitions. Enabling them and their teams to overcome challenges, create value, and drive scale through practical peer group learning, connections at the right time and entrepreneurial insights.

The Supper Club do this at all stages of the entrepreneur lifecycle, from scale to sale and beyond.

The Supper Club is highly valued for the quality and diversity of its membership, event experiences and pro-active personal support.

Check them out here: 

Have a great day!

Joe Thomsett

0203 751 9480

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