We had a great discussion last week at the Thursday night event Leadership in uncertain times. Provoked by Dee Hock’s model of Chaordic Design we got right into the times we live in and the leadership that is needed. Check out this article by Dee Hock himself if you want to know more about the model, or watch these videos from Tuesday Ryan Hart and Tim Merry. Matt also made a great short video of the session:
A few great insights came out of the session:
We quickly touched on the chaordic stepping stones which are the minimum order needed for the chaos to evolve meaningfully and productively. I use them again and again for project planning, organizational start up, meeting design, and my own personal development. Check out more on the stepping stones in this video and we may do a session on them in the future.
If this catches your attention, you will love the Art of Hosting event on 15 June at the HUB. Please register before coming as we may to have to move into a bigger room because of demand.
Two weeks ago, we held our first evening event — Tax, the law, and so much more. I thought I’d try to summarize some of the ‘tax’ part here… If I feel up to it maybe I’ll try the law part next time.
John Swain was there to share his insight and experience in tax matters. He focused on a critical question for many newly self-employed professionals: should I incorporate or not?
We’re lucky to have plenty of pros that understand small business in Nova Scotia. Ask around, seek them out, and treat them as a partner. In John’s confident words, “they willsave you money in the long run!”
There is a very clear distinction between what being a member of The HUB can offer you in comparison to a traditional co-working space. It’s that part you can’t put a price on, the part where people on the outside perhaps don’t understand because they have never been on the inside, it’s the community…
In Lean Startup we try to establish the value proposition for our customers, why would someone pay to become a member of The HUB South Shore? Well it’s that word again, community, and I’m going to prove to you that it’s real.
I look back to early October when Tim, Matt and I did our first video, I was a nervous wreck sitting beside these 2 awesome confident guys and I really felt like I did not belong there. Fast forward 6 months and I’m doing a live interview on Global TV. Where did this new found confidence come from? Well it comes from spending time with amazing like-minded people—people who teach me, challenge me, and ultimately motivate and inspire me.
But it doesn’t end there. I am now connected to skills that enable me to move my business forward and do great work in situations which were previously unavailable to me working in isolation. I can use Stephen and Katy at The Picture House for video, Zsofi’s company Tangerine Sky for amazing graphic design, I can collaborate in development work with Chris at Media Farm. I can enter into the type of contracts which were previously inaccessible to me. And if I’m feeling tired from all of that I have Jason over at Peak Performance Therapy for some strength training.
The community also spreads organically into our lives outside of work. My wife has set up a playgroup in the Mahone Bay Centre which is filled with kids connected through their parents to The HUB. Many of the families are becoming great friends and get together often. We also have Sunday night soccer, started by Tim for parents at the Waldorf School, but now full of HUB followers.
So if you are thinking of joining The HUB South Shore don’t think of this as just co-working. You will of course have an awesome space to work, after all this is what we are here for. However, the real value proposition is the community of smart progressive business people who will inspire you and support you, and you may just make some new friends along the way.
A couple of weeks ago CBC radio journalist Zak Markan came to Mahone Bay to meet me and the family, then we headed over to The HUB to chat to Matt about moving to the area, and starting up this project.
His piece aired on Monday morning, you can listen to it on CBC’s website.