The food fridge is on its way, order placed, Olio App signed up for. All we need now is your waste food. That’s the non-smelly, fur-free variety of surplus food and not your potato peelings or moldy tomatoes.
We are so excited, not only have we have actually done something, that we shared out loud that we were planning to do. I would like you to pause and re-read that, as for us that is a momentous occasion, one which we shall celebrate with an avocado and a shot of apple cider vinegar and lemon, a kind of organic alcohol-free version of a Tequilla Slammer.
Also, we are hoping that this food sharing idea will enable us to participate more in the local community around Euston (uh oh, used the ‘c’ word).
I hope that this weekly blog on working out loud is proving a useful exercise, not just for me, but for you the readers, in that while initially, it is painful to publically commit to doing something, there is, if you actually do it, a much bigger pay off by sharing the completion out loud, versus a tick on the action list, or in my case a swipe completed on Productive (yes another App!!).
OK, fridge ordered and being installed, the app installed and registered – done.
Working out loud guides read, the book being read, landing page completed and ready to launch – done.
This week’s out loud share is likely to be a painful one.
We have to admit to not being fully automated in our processes at the hub……..takes a deep breath, recovers from public admission and continues.
We have been particularly remiss in our (grits teeth, swears out loud, about to use another very forbidden word) ‘onboarding’ process.
Bernie and I ‘took one’ for the team and had to spend a difficult few days in a vineyard and winery on the Sussex Downs called Rathfinny and when you click on the further reading notes below you see just how much we suffered.
We did it to attend a coworking retreat, an oxymoron, how can you attend a retreat yet work!!
It was a two-day break for coworking space managers/owners and Bernie.
Apart from eating large quantities of delicious home made carrot cake and lemon polenta cake, we did actually take away a huge amount of learning from the guys there, especially with regards to automation of processes.
So huge thanks go out to all who came and particularly to Jon from the Skiff for making this happen and especially with regards to Tom from the Guild in Bath and the main man from Philly, Alex Hillman of the now famous community Indy Hall, who have both nailed the automated processes within their operations.
Now this is not to make things robotic and remove the human element that is so key to building a successful tribe, it is to actually allow more time for the human touch. Tom worries that when he sees a team member tapping furiously away on a keyboard in front of a screen it is time not spent with members and surely it can be automated.
Thus it is time to build our very own ‘greased lightning’ at the hub so we can spend more time out there with the humans and not our keyboards. Sorry for all those people not old enough to have seen Grease.
It will be at interesting exercise in learning to take spreadsheets and other 20th-century style process and zap them with Zapier into the new millennium.
Watch out Euston….we’re going for launch.