My Personal MBA – Circular Economy – A Contrarian Approach

Personal MBA Circular Economy

I have started looking forward to 2018, as I have successfully completed my three priorities for 2017. At work, I am loving the impact I am having as a Change Agent, removing and improving legacy processes and issues. To avoid the balance fallacy, I went down to a 4-day working week, when I extended my contract. This allows me the head-space and capacity to work towards something bigger, something more meaningful, something more significant.

I see this greater purpose as what I am currently branding as the pursuit of Quality Abundance. People who work with me, will know that I see solutions quickly, then crucially I act decisively with conviction. I realise that I have knowledge and experience gaps, there will always be, still, I want to plug as many as I can, as effectively as possible.

I am concerned about solely following the thinking of a traditional MBA and started looking at alternative options. I know that the same thinking that has got this world into a system of extreme waste…Consumption, Growth, Competition…won’t get us out of it.  I want to explore the cutting edge of contrarian thinking. The world is screwed if it stays on it’s current trajectory, I want to be part of what is potentially the only chance we have, a shift from the Linear Economy to the Circular Economy.

First Principles – What do I want to get out of it

I know it needs to be wholistic, I also know that I can be more superficial in certain areas. This is as I am a Chartered Accountant, I am Lean Certified, I have two degrees in Economics, as well as one in Industrial Relations. I have a decade’s worth of experience in the Corporate world, working in Risk, Process, Change and Transformation Projects. I have read broadly and extensively in the past few years.

I have investigated various MBAs, the altMBA. the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Personal MBA to help source and refine my very own Personal MBA prospectus. One designed for me, taking into account what I have done and what I intend to do.

In my view there are 3 things I would want to get from an MBA where privileged people potentially spend a fortune to enable the prospect of a greater fortune, through:

  • Practical Knowledge and Experience – Access to information was restricted in the past. In the Digital Age, it is more accessible. We can get access to cutting edge thinkers. I will do this through focused and intensive reading, backed up with documenting learnings from each book. Too many books are read to be enjoyed and forgotten. I will do specific projects to match the learnings and document my previous projects.
  • Quality Network – This will be more difficult to scaffold in. I will do this through my practical projects. I expect this to be the greatest gap and will have to think of ways to supplement this.
  • Credibility – As per Seth Godin, the MBA is a prestigious piece of paper. It proves you have learned something, it filters out a lot of people. In my approach, everything I do will leave a trail. A footprint. I will continue to blog my journey with key takeaways from each book and learnings from each project.

The Personal MBA – Circular Economy – Prospectus

The prospectus is to ensure my approach is structured and accountable. I will continue to refine it and ensure that I document all aspects. This will entrench the knowledge gained, give greater clarity and a deeper understanding.

Preparation: – 4Q17

K-Foundation phase – Broad Reading, Productivity, Focus and Core Skills – 1/2Q18

    • Practical – Ongoing – Quality Abundance – Turn this into a real force for change
    • Knowledge – W/C 07/01/18 – 10 Days to Faster Reading – When we learn to read, we are also learning the words, so we read every word. Continuing to read like this, is a bit like looking at every brick in a building to see what the building looks like. Read my thoughts here.
    • Practical – W/C 07/01/18 – Kiva Loan – While looking for an ethically conscious ways, to allocate (my limited) capital such as investing through Trine, I was introduced to Kiva by Amanda.
    • Knowledge – W/C 14/01/18 – Personal MBA – I love this book. Of course I do. It is perfectly aligned to my mindset, principles and ethos. The Personal part of the title deserves more emphasis. This book should be mandatory for everyone who works, the less relevant sections to the individual are short enough to be skimmed. Read my thoughts here.
    • Practical – W/C 21/01/18 – Using Bulb (Referral link) as an Energy Service provider – Is Bulb really “making energy simpler, cheaper, greener”? – Yip. Read my thoughts here.
    • Knowledge – W/C 28/01/18 – On Writing Well – It is a neglected skill. With technology, good writers have become better, grappling with every sentence. At the same time, bad writers have become prolific. We can and should be better. Read my thoughts here.
    • Practical – W/C 28/01/18 – – I am more drawn to the medium of the written word, there is a comfort to it, an anonymity, no one needs to know the hours spent crafting a few sentences, like a masquerade ball, people only see the output. When Robbie encouraged me to give Anchor a go, I was more than a little reluctant. My thoughts.
    • Knowledge – W/C 04/02/18 – Presentation Zen – I present regularly, I’m probably better than most. That doesn’t mean I am any good. I’ve seen plenty of presentations, few that have been excellent. I want to be better. My thoughts.
    • Practical – W/C 04/02/18 Document my experience using Mindful Chef who target 0% food waste model.
    • Knowledge – W/C 11/02/18 – Show me the Numbers – First understand the story, then the message and then take time to consider how to convey that message. Always asking how will the information be used. My thoughts.
    • Practical – W/C 11/02/18 – Cryptocurrencies, social business and crowdfunding – Learning more about the crypto world, with a view to invest in Acorn. Read about my experience – New to Cryptocurrencies – But I wanted to buy Acorn the Social Business Crowdfunder
    • Practical – Waste experiment – Three weeks of waste – Originally I was going to do this sequentially, but I realise that waste is built up (e.g. already have in the fridge), I need to let those run down and take action in between.
      • 11/02/18 – First week I’ll monitor the waste I generate and come up with targeted solutions. See the result of my experiment here.
      • TBC – Second week I’ll see how this has impacted
    • Knowledge – W/C 18/02/18 – Re-create your life – The Lefkoe Method is a powerful tool for behavioural change. It has already helped me on a personal level and I plan to use it for organisational change. My thoughts.
    • Knowledge – W/C 25/02/18 – The Art of Exceptional Living – My new number 1 personal development resource. Read my thoughts here.
    • Practical – W/C 25/02/18 GDPR – It’s not all exciting. Read my thoughts here.
    • Practical – W/C 04/03/18 – Document my lessons from projects, I started and failed (learnt from), using an iterative learning. – Upgrowth – Failed – Using a moment of inspiration. Read my thoughts.
    • Knowledge – W/C 04/03/18 – Think and Grow Rich – A classic in priming the mind towards wealth. Read my thoughts.
    • Knowledge – W/C 18/03/18 – A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring – We are all mentoring, whether we realise it or not. It is important for us to display the right behaviour and these should be anchored in our principles. My thoughts.
    • Knowledge – W/C 25/03/18 – Tools of Titans – A brilliant book to be skimmed and then read carefully where relevant. My thoughts.
    • Practical – W/C 01/04/18 – Life Experiment: Becoming More Conscious in My Spending – 21 Days Frugal – A personal part of the Personal MBA, the second part of the wealth formula – become more valuable, spend less than you earn, make your money work wisely for you.
  • Knowledge – W/C 08/04/18 – How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Knowledge – W/C 15/04/18 – The Richest Man in Babylon – This should be mandatory reading for all those who enter the working world, with a refresher every 5-10 years. My thoughts.
  • Practical – W/C 15/04/18 – I realised that it actually unnecessarily inconvenient to be eco-friendly while commuting. I decided to design a back-pack that solved this.
  • Knowledge – W/C 22/04/18 – Crucial Conversations
  • Knowledge & Experience – W/C 22/04/18 – The Morning Miracle
  • Knowledge – W/C 29/04/18 – Brain Rules
  • Knowledge – W/C 06/05/18 – Bit Literacy
  • Knowledge – W/C 13/05/18 – Power of Less

K-Growth Phase – Creativity and Mindset & Changing the World – 2/3Q18

  • Knowledge – W/C 20/05/18 – Steal Like An Artist – Austin Kleon
  • Knowledge – W/C 27/05/18 – Ellen MacArthur Video Series
  • Knowledge – W/C 03/06/18 – The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
  • Knowledge – W/C 10/06/18 – The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
  • Knowledge – W/C 17/06/18 – Finite and Infinite Games
  • Knowledge – W/C 24/06/18 – Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content
  • Knowledge – W/C 01/07/18 – A Beautiful Constraint: How to Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages, and Why It’s Everyone’s Business
  • Knowledge – W/C 08/07/18 – Abundance
  • Knowledge – W/C 15/07/18 – Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future – Ashlee Vance
  • Knowledge – W/C 22/07/18 – The Blue Economy 3.0
  • Knowledge – W/C 29/07/18 – Plan-A_The-Transformation-of-Argentina´s-Economy
  • Knowledge – W/C 05/08/18 – Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way We Make Things (Patterns of the Planet)
  • Knowledge – W/C 12/08/18 – Prosperity without Growth: Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow
  • Knowledge – W/C 19/08/18 – How Bad are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything
  • Knowledge – W/C 26/08/18 – Social Business
  • Knowledge – W/C 02/09/18 – Circular Design Guide

K-Consolidation Phase – Creating the business, Management and teamwork & Building the Business – 4Q18

  • Knowledge – W/C 09/09/18 – Zero to One
  • Knowledge – W/C 09/09/18 – Bold
  • Knowledge –  W/C 09/09/18 – Good to Great
  • Knowledge – W/C 16/09/18 – Made to Stick
  • Knowledge – W/C 16/09/18 – Growth Hacker Marketing
  • Knowledge – W/C 16/09/18 – Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules
  • Knowledge – W/C 23/09/18 – The Lean Turnaround: How Business Leaders Use Lean Principles Knowledge – to Create Value and Transform Their Company
  • Knowledge – W/C 23/09/18 – Playing to Win
  • Knowledge – W/C 23/09/18 – Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
  • Practical – Ongoing, but start – Build a Business Plan
    • Vision
    • Time-frame
    • Design
    • Solutions day
      • TBC – Broadening awareness of the Circular Economy
      • TBC – Build a business in a day
      • TBC – Problem solving e.g. Overcoming apathy, Creating awareness.
    • Competitions – X-prize method, potentially followed by Kickstarter
      • TBC – Waste Reduction Backpack for London Commuters
      • TBC – Water saving Cape Town
  • Knowledge – W/C 30/09/18 – Principles: Life and Work – Ray Dalio
  • Practical – W/C 30/09/18 – My own principles and manifesto (drafted)
  • Knowledge – W/C 07/10/18 – Thanks for the Feedback
  • Knowledge – W/C 07/10/18 – Rebirth of the Salesman: The World of Sales is Evolving. Are You? – Cian McLoughlin
  • Knowledge – W/C 14/10/18 – Secrets of power negotiation – audio version – Tim Ferris recommendation
  • Knowledge – W/C 28/10/18 – Pitch Anything – Oren Klaff
  • Knowledge – W/C 28/10/18 – 48 Laws of Power

November Break – Retreat

  • Knowledge – W/C 02/12/18 – Purpose – Nikos
  • Knowledge – W/C 02/12/18 – Ready, Fire, Aim – Michael Masterson
  • Knowledge – W/C 09/12/18 – ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever
  • Knowledge – W/C 09/12/18 – Getting Things Done – David Allen
  • Knowledge – W/C 09/12/18 – Anything you Want

Post study –

After a period of self discovery in his early 30s exploring topics from Financial Planning to Meditation, Dave asked himself why he only now discovered some of the key critical ideas that lead to a happier, more purposeful, less stressful life. In short more successful.Why wasn’t this taught earlier? He had given away his time in his 20s cheaply. He is determined help others fast track their way to success through coaching, blogging and courses in the academy.He reads extensively and is coached by the best, this is coupled with life experience and degrees in Financial Economics, as well as being a Chartered Accountant.See what he is doing now -

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