What Mike Michelini is up to Now – Aug 6 – 11, 2023
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Overdue on a haircut – just as an indicator I’m in the “grind mode” feeling like some scientist. At least I’m blessed with a patient and understanding wife and children.
* Getting closer on streamlining financials between all the organizations. Feel we “Struck a nerve” with the financial workflow last week, and we know what we need to do now.
* Further transitioning my role- need to be more BD mode than “build mode”.
* Para Living holdings structure, getting more clear and the brands are open to joining.
* Loadpipe/Hamza further clarity (this is my scientist mode) but now we have a few models to test which we will be introducing soon.
* Events, Twitter spaces, Cross Border Summit “bubbling up” – feel the summer coming towards and end and people preparing for a rockstar end of the year.
For those who want to hear the full week plan for Shadstone Limited, Mike’s company (removing sensitive info) – here it is:
Week Plan Aug 6 – 11, 2023 Shadstone Limited
Summertime and most people seem to be on holiday mode in the world – but we are “striking nerves and facing transitions to grow” here at Shadstone (as I’d define it).
The Typhoon across Philippines (was also heavy rain here in Thailand as well) really took out a “chunk” of our team and operations. We should actually track as a percentage of productivity how much this typhoon took us out – Nessa our HR was traveling during it and seems to have gotten stranded and had connectivity issues (Need to still check in with her). Heard LJ’s area was flooded, and many like Sally had serious ISP issues. Anne was traveling just to make phone calls with the team.
So I do appreciate the hard efforts from everyone to try their best to keep operations moving during this natural disaster – yet at the same time – is there any way to be more proactive about it and invest in some kind of “DR” (disaster recovery) process so that we are not taken out as badly?
Also last week was about 5 days of intense meetings with Andres (our partner in Akitai) and I – in person – in Chiang Mai (he flew up from Phuket) to discuss restructuring. This Purse buyout, also finally pushing forward on Para Living holdings for our ecommerce brands, and just his insight on how we should better operate Shadstone – was deep in the discussions.
The only thing that stays the same is that we are changing. And change we must. (Sound like Yoda). I just feel I need to change how I act in the Shadstone team and many of the issues are a result of how I/we lacked to make proper arrangements between our partners in advance.
So we have 2 more months until the Purse acquisition is complete, and we need to double down on our time to optimize our current organization chart, projects, and team – especially the financials and agreements between them – to scale up to a whole new chapter for all of us.
This is all meant to be positive, and opportunities galore – but it also means we need to know what we want and how we will make arrangements between each other and the various teams.