This isn't about food - though I must recommend the feast they offer at Fota Island Resort Hotel [@fotaisland on Twitter].
This is about inspiring company. This is about one of those meetings that shift your focus, tweak your mind and leave you fresh - feeling fit for the future. This was rather good...
Jonathan Amm of Think-Tank [@thinktank_ on Twitter] & I met for the first time since 28 October. We've both been busy with life.
But then we got on to Francois Navarre of X17 in Malibu Hollywood - the story of how a guy build a business there photographing Hollywood stars.
From which we moved on to Mitch Joel & his quality podcasts...
The breakthrough came while we were discussing Chris Brogan's 3 Words idea - how you could cut through all the stuff about Mission, Vision, Strategic Plans and so on - that whole familiar framework which is so useful and used.
About this time last year, I found a blogpost by Chris Brogan that proved incredibly helpful - it gave me a tool that guided me through 2010. Instead of a complicated strategic plan for my business, I've used 3 words to guide my decision making. Whenever I've needed to make a decision about what to do - I've referred to them.
If something was going to contribute to "Keepingwell, Sharing & Reptuation" - there was a big chance I'd go for it. If some prospect failed to tick any of those boxes - I avoided it. All year I've felt in control. I feel I owe Chris Brogan a big thumbs-up in gratitude for his idea.
Over breakfast we chatted about the simplicity & beauty of this idea. Thinking ahead for 2011, we talked about what words to use. "Commercial - I'm going to become a lot more commercial" - said I. "And I'll certainly keep on keeping well."
But what about the third one - the third leg of the stool - the third lighthouse? What is third word I'll live by in 2011?
I'm open to suggestions from you.
But I'm also wondering whether you'd find this 3 Words tool useful for your life & business. Would you like to have a go at picking 3 words you'll use to guide you throughout 2011? Would you like to share your key words?
Sharing with others is a great way of helping yourself to keep on track. That's why this was a great business breakfast.
Go for it.