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    • 7 Jul 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Video Conference Link

    What quality activities are you doing NOW to support your sales?

    Simon Harrop Straight Ahead Sales, shares his strategy and activities enabling you to be effective and efficient with all your sales activities.

    As business owners, we are now leading or are engaged in a business in unprecedented, chaotic times.  We need to look beyond Corona-virus and ask ourselves, how will my business survive and thrive for the next 12+ months?  

    Come and join our AMF live video sessions with Specialists in the HUBB community, where you can ask and ideally get an answer or insight to your questions around …. "what I do today/next week/ next month …?", etc.

    There is no cost to attend, we've deliberately kept it simple - click "Yes" and we will send you the video call details.

    As a reminder, how we respond, not react, during these times, will have the biggest impact on whether we thrive over the next 6+ months, or simply survive. Importantly we need to keep going; but with focus on the correct actions.

    Invest the time in your business; it will pay future benefits.

    • 15 Jul 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Live Video Conference

    Angela Whitbread is a social impact investor, philanthropist and a former Managing Director and Chair of her family business, The Whitbread Insurance Group, which was sold in December 2017.

    Angela, along with her siblings inherited the family insurance-based business when their father passed away in 2009. At the time of her father’s death, there were 50 staff. Angela had already been in the role of MD for 6 months.   During the next 8 years under Angela’s stewardship, the business grew exponentially and in 2017, the staff had doubled to 100 people. The business was sold in Dec 2017 at a record high as a multiple of EBITDA. Angela’s success was largely due to establishing a culture based on the human values of integrity, professionalism and entrepreneurship.

    Since retiring from the corporate world, she has been focusing on supporting organisations who empower people to access their own innate leadership and solve problems for themselves. Increasingly these organisations are social ventures, aligned with having a strong sustainable, diverse and positive people and environmental impact.

    Event Schedule:

    16:45 – Meet some old & new people 

    17:00 – Welcome & Introductions

    17:10  - Conversations with Angela Whitbread

    18:00 – Audience questions to Angela Whitbread

    18:30 -  19:15  - "After Party" - stay back and chat with Angela and others in a more relaxed environment.

    Venue:   Live Video Conference

    • 31 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
    • Zoom Conference

    Ethos of Zig Zag Days

    Of all the innovation quotes out there, one of our favourites is this one by Thomas Edison:“There is a better way to do it. Find it”

    The reason this quote is so effective is primarily because of it’s simplicity and directness, but also because it is uncompromising in it’s tone. Edison speaks as if he is stating it as fact. Without question or doubt, there is a better way and if you aren’t doing it, that’s simply because you haven’t found it. We believe this applies to growth oriented business owners and Zig Zag Days offer attendees the opportunity, the time and the space to find it. What makes these events even more enjoyable and rewarding for participants is the format. Whatever the desired outcome, fellow Zig Zag attendees encourage one another to find it and embolden one another, providing invaluable feedback through iterations of the solution.

    Who should attend Zig Zag Days

    There are two types of people we are attracting to the event:

                    Those who run a business and have a very specific problem they need to tackle but don’t normally have the time and space to sink their teeth into it 

                    Owners and leaders of businesses who are looking to disrupt their industry / market with a new and innovative idea, but they don’t know what that looks like yet

    What is unique about a Zig Zag Day?

                    Like a Fed-Ex Day and similar innovation immersion events, each attendee should be focused on outcomes and strategic implementation. However, unlike most of these events, Zig Zag Days are structured for individuals who work in different organisations or for themselves, so the issues or challenges being addressed will be unique to the individual and not necessarily part of a team effort. Attendees are not being asked to design a new app or piece of tech for the one company - attendees are being given the time and support to work on an issue or proactively develop new strategy that is specific to their business.

                    Zig Zag Days work by implementing a Wisdom-of-the-Room approach. This idea is simple. Take a dozen or so individuals who all work in different sectors, who all have different skill sets and who tackle problem solving in different ways, then leverage each individual’s talent through a series of feedback and rapid prototyping sessions. Silo structures work the opposite way, where each person or department keeps to themselves, carefully guarding their own ideas and trying to solve problems with the only resource they have at their disposal - themselves. But a wisdom of the room approach does the opposite. It supposes that not only is everyone in the room capable of seeing the problem from a very different perspective, everyone in the room is an expert in their own field and may have an approach to the problem that may not have been previously considered.

                    Zig Zag Days operate on the premise, "There is a better way. Find it." So the challenge to each attendees is not ‘if’ they can operate their business better but ‘how’ they can do it. This lays down the challenge for each individual to ‘find it’, that new system, a more efficient process, a game-changing product…. whatever it is, the focus of Zig Zag Days is forward-facing. This puts each attendee in a Proactive mind-frame, utilising a growth mindset philosophy, rather than feeling Reactive to a problem, under the pump, putting out fires, damage control, etc

    Who has this worked for?

    Ben Romalis who will be leading the Zig Zag Days in 2020 has personally had the pleasure of working with several notable organisations who embrace the value of innovation immersion events and aim to make it part of their daily culture.  These include:



                    Starlight Children’s Foundation

                    Sydney University


Past events

23 Jun 2020 AMF #10 - Returning to the office – Legal & HR opportunities & pitfalls
17 Jun 2020 Conversations with Tim Hart
7 Jun 2020 AMF #9 "How to win business from new and existing clients" with Simon Harrop
26 May 2020 Actions Moving Forward#8 - Pre Year-End business finance planning
19 May 2020 Actions Moving Forward#7 - "Leveraging engagement through your website - what you need to know ..."
13 May 2020 Conversations with Nigel Pollard
28 Apr 2020 Actions Moving Forward#6 - "Recovery Mindset - Business & Personal structures supporting you to thrive"
21 Apr 2020 Actions Moving Forward#5 - "Finance management 2 - actions you must do now to maximise Gov initiatives"
15 Apr 2020 Conversations with Ed Cowan
14 Apr 2020 "Actions Moving Forward" #4 "Rapid Innovation & Staying afloat - understanding your director obligations & options"
7 Apr 2020 "Actions Moving Forward" #3 "Sales & Marketing - what you need to know right now".
2 Apr 2020 Flash Briefing for Owners of Healthcare Businesses – specialist real time advice on HR and Legal matters during the coronavirus!
1 Apr 2020 Zig Zag Day
31 Mar 2020 "Actions Moving Forward" #2 "What you need to know in finance" - Live Video Conference
24 Mar 2020 "Actions Moving Forward" Live Video Conference
11 Mar 2020 Conversations with Mark Richardson
12 Feb 2020 Conversations with Rebecca Grant
11 Feb 2020 HUBB Healthcare Learning Panel Briefing
5 Feb 2020 HUBB Healthcare Learning Panel Briefing
20 Jan 2020 Reminder: HUBB Healthcare Learning Panel Briefing
19 Nov 2019 HUBB Healthcare Learning Panel Briefing
14 Nov 2019 Conversations with Jon Brett
9 Oct 2019 Conversations with James Spenceley


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