The 3 Essential Elements of Your Minimum Viable Plan

This post was originally published on Performance Applied, one of our strategic partners. Be on the look out for an upcoming Suite Talk podcast with Matt Cross of Performance Applied on this topic.

You’ve tried to get organized a thousand times. You keep making plans but your plans never survive first contact with chaos.

You may be asking yourself, “What can I do to stay organized and focused on my most important priorities”?

How do I maintain high levels of productivity with so much to do and so little time?

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Suite Talk: Sam Barcroft, Founder and CEO of Barcroft Media – An “Amazing” Storyteller Shares His Story

Sam Barcroft, Founder and CEO of Barcroft Media, believes “amazing true stories” can inspire, educate and empower. Photo courtesy of Barcroft Media

In this episode of Suite Talk we have a conversation with Sam Barcroft, founder and CEO of Barcroft Media, a digital media company with multiple lines of business and a massive global reach.

“I’ve been passionate always about incredible stories and always think there is nothing more wonderful than a true story,” says Sam.

Barcroft’s story begins in 2003, with him working as a freelance photo journalist who was generating enough projects to hire someone to lighten the load and spread the wealth.

“I started my own company based upon the fact that I thought there were some opportunities for me to go it alone and take my work in the direction I really wanted to do, free of working for anyone else directly.”

From the backroom of a North London flat, Barcroft Media now has offices in London, New York City and New Delhi. Barcroft TV is the second most popular YouTube news channel with 68.2 million views. Barcroft’s production company and wire service provide content for a host of global brands like National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel and MTV. 

On Suite Talk, Sam shares with us the philosophy that has fueled the rapid growth of Barcroft Media from a one-man shop in North London to having 70 plus employees on three continents. (Hint: small steps)

More importantly, we learn how he inspires and empowers his team to implement the company’s vision to produce “amazing content.”

Along the way, we gleam Sam’s insights to business, which are informed in part by watching his father struggle as a small business owner and almost losing the family home; and being part of a Hip-Hop band doing £50 a show.

“I say to a lot of people, if you are looking to start a business whatever you do don’t spend any money,” advises Barcroft. “Use your energy, your cleverness, your mobile phone, run your business for nothing from your back room. And then if you can get momentum with that then use up some favors but not borrow any money and not spend any money then you will always have business that will always be looking after you, rather than you look after it.”

Despite leading a far-flung global enterprise that carries his name, Sam is astonishingly laidback. In this interview, we learn how he (and you can) disconnect from work and relax and enjoy your family and some of life’s other pleasures.

“I put myself in a forced exile every weekend, and I’m careful not to take my mobile phone into the bedroom,” said Barcroft. “Recovery is really important, when you’re working hard you have to be bold with recovery.”

Lean in, lean back and enjoy.

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Consciously Curated: Sharpening Focus, The World is Watching, Trumpland

Photo by Matt Mariannelli

Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

The Art of Manliness: 11 Ways to Strengthen Your Attention
“Try to attend steadfastly to a dot on the paper or on the wall. You presently find that one or the other of two things has happened: either your field of vision has become blurred, so that you now see nothing distinct at all, or else you have involuntarily ceased to look at the dot in question, and are looking at something else. But, if you ask yourself successive questions about the dot,—how big it is, how far, of what shape, what shade of color, etc.; in other words, if you turn it over, if you think of it in various ways, and along with various kinds of associates,—you can keep your mind on it for a comparatively long time. This is what the genius does, in whose hands a given topic coruscates and grows.”

Mic: Music for Your Mind and More
“What we found was the more a child trained on an instrument,” Hudziak told the Washington Post, “it accelerated cortical organization in attention skill, anxiety management and emotional control.”

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Suite Talk: 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet,  Part 3 – Pay Down Your Debt

Photo by Jim Filipovski

In the third installment of Suite Talk‘s interview with Wilson Lea, based on his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet, we examine strategies for reducing debt (step one—don’t accumulate any more).

“What I suggest is that you start with the smallest balance credit card and make bigger payments on that card and make the minimum payments on other cards,” says Lea of Parallax Advisors, a boutique wealth management firm based in Irvine, CA. “As you pay off the smaller cards take those payments and move them up with the payments on the next biggest balance.”

With over two decades of expertise, Wilson has a proven track record of helping businesses, executives, retirees and families meet their financial goals.

Listen to learn more! In case you missed earlier portions of our conversation, you can find them here and here. Next week we’ll be talking about creating a budget to better help you achieve your wealth aspirations.

You can also join the conversation by letting us know what are your topic financial goals.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Leading to Follow, A Lesson in Leading, Following, Life and Death

 

Acacia Bamberg Salatti

In this episode of Suite Talk, Acacia Bamberg Salatti shares how she learned that sometimes the best thing you can do is to let another shine.

“I was the supporting actor in a long running sitcom,” she says. “My job was to make the stars of the show look good and not mess up the plot.”

In the course of caring for her ailing parents, Acacia gains powerful insights about subduing ego, learning your strengths and weaknesses, and when leaders need to follow.

We recently sat down with Acacia to explore in greater depth the myriad issues raised in this piece. You can find the conversation, broken in two parts here and here.

We invite you to lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Consciously Curated: Being Lucky, Building a Brand, Following Your Soul and Eating a Burger

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

The Atlantic: You’re Lucky More Than You Think
“My having cheated death does not make me an authority on luck. But it has motivated me to learn much more about the subject than I otherwise would have. In the process, I have discovered that chance plays a far larger role in life outcomes than most people realize. And yet, the luckiest among us appear especially unlikely to appreciate our good fortune.”

The New York Times: Stop and Acknowledge How Much Luck Has to Do With Your Success
“From Warren E. Buffett, who says he won the “Ovarian Lottery,” to the venture capitalist Fred Wilson, a lot of smart, industrious and hard-working people admit that luck played a role. Mr. Wilson writes that he wouldn’t suggest anyone take his career path: “It won’t work unless you get incredibly lucky.”

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Suite Talk: 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet,  Part 2  – Save for Retirement

Wilson Lea of Parallax Advisors

Here’s Part 2 of the Suite Talk‘s interview with Wilson Lea of Parallax Advisor exploring his article 4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet.

In this segment of our chat we focus on saving for retirement.

“This is a must, must, must,” says Lea, a wealth managment advisor with over two decades of experience in finance. “If you are working full time, you HAVE to save your money … Zero percent is not an option. Pay yourself first.”

Listen to learn more!

You can also join the conversation by letting us know what are your topic financial goals.

Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Interview with Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Part 2 – Family, Faith, Leading, Following, Living and Dying

Acacia Bamberg Salatti

Here’s the second half of our conversation with  Acacia Bamberg Salatti, the author of “A Leading Actor Learns to Love the Supporting Role,” a deeply emotional and inspiring piece. Our talk with Acacia is a probative examination of the many issues raised in her article.

In case you missed to first part of the chat you can find it here.  As always we invite you to lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Interview with Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Part 1 – Family, Faith, Leading, Following Living and Dying

Acacia Bamberg Salatti

We recently sat down with Acacia Bamberg Salatti, the author of “A Leading Actor Learns to Love the Supporting Role,” for a deeper dive into the myriad issues explored in her piece.

In 2009, she was appointed by the White House to the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2009, serving throughout the Obama Administration.

She served as the Director and her portfolio included engagement on minority health outreach and health disparities reduction strategies.

She holds a Masters in Divinity and a certificate in Black Church Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She is also a former Adjunct Professor of Religion at Columbia College, her alma mater.

We will hear more from Acacia in the future, but for now lean in, lean back and enjoy!

Consciously Curated: New Ideas for the New Year, Setting Your Kids Up for Success and Giving Your Kid Pot

Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

Technology Reviews: How Do People Get New Ideas

“A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others. Consequently, the person who is most likely to get new ideas is a person of good background in the field of interest and one who is unconventional in his habits. (To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself.)”

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