Sunsets and Frozen: 3 coaching lessons from product design

I was today years old when I learned the concept of “Sunsetting a product“. For those like me, in a nutshell, it means ending the life of your product, service or feature. Like the immortal words of Elsa “Let it Go”

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In coaching, this idea of sunsetting is vital! Feeling overwhelmed? Pulled in too many directions? A nagging voice saying “this is not working anymore”? Then it is time to consider what is not serving you anymore and to make your sunsetting plan.

Inspired by this tech focused blogpost are three Coaching Prompts to start sunsetting and letting go

1. How is the product (relationship/behaviour/underlying belief) performing right now?

It might have worked great in the past but the world is different, you are different. Be precise and honest here. We can learn a bit from Marie Kondo at Work here “Do I need to execute it? Does

2. Calculate the value of the resources you could unlock by re-deploying these resources onto more profitable products.

What is it costing you to hold on to this? What is it stopping you from doing? What could you do instead?

I remember feeling overwhelmed by the amount of communities I was involved with as a leader back in 2018. I did a constellation with my coach Sarah Furuya and realised that I needed to step away from my beloved Lean In Circle moderation. Creating the extra space in my diary allowed me to focus on fewer things and do them better.

3. Develop an end-of-life product roadmap.

In some cases you can just stop doing the “thing”, but it isn’t always that simple. When will you stop? How – phased or in one fell swoop? Who do you need to inform of the change? Will you do “After sales service” for a limited period?

Here’s a small example – domestic and relatable to parents I think!

I’m standing on the landing doing the laundry. Cursing under my breath about why my kids clothes are ALL ALWAYS inside out. As I put them right side out (is that a word?!), I have an epiphany “Hang on! Does the customer expect this level of service? Do they even notice it? I think I will stop doing it” Over dinner I announced “I will no longer be putting your clothes right way out. From today, they will be washed in the way that you put them into the laundry. ”

I communicated with stakeholders in a clear and precise way and all is good! No customer complaints and I saved myself 100% of the time on that “feature” of “Mum’s Laundry Service”.

What do you think? Let me know about your experience with sunsetting a belief, behaviour or relationships in the comments or contact me here.

Make March Matter Part X: #DoneanddustedDecember

This free online community was created on February 27th, 2020 as a way to support entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners affected by Coronavirus cancellations.

Our aim is to provide connection, accountability and inspired action. It is a community that brings smiles, cheerleaders and new ideas.

What happened in December?

December 18th was our Christmas Party/ TGIF/ Secret Santa and I was flabbergasted and overwhelmed by a beautiful handmade book with messages of thanks and a complete year in review for #MakeMarchMatter. I’m welling up even writing about this as I was so touched by the love and effort that went into compiling this. I feel so lucky that I have been able to gather such a positive and supportive community and make people’s lives a little bit more bearable through this tough situation. I often have a little conflict as I wish that MMM did not need exist but I am so glad that it does! Thank you all for giving me a reason to get out of bed and a place where I can share my wins, my learnings and to ask for help.

We will continue into January and 2021!

The theme for next month will be…..

Drumroll please……….:

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 “Joyful January”

A landslide winner in an uncontested election, as winter brings rising Covid-19 case numbers across the globe, it seems that the community needs to smile.

Joy can be found in the little things and I encourage you to find and make a joyful moment each day this month – for me I am finding it in fresh flowers, lighting a candle, karaoke at home, daily walks after lunch with my husband WFH and reading with my son.

Joyful January: Make March Matter part XI

January Guest Speakers Announcement TBC

You can follow all our events here

See you over at the Facebook Group

How can you support Make March Matter?

1. Contribute

Make March Matter is and will remain a free community. If you are in a position to contribute, I accept payments via PayPal to jennifer.shinkai@gmail.com. Previous contributions ranged from ¥10,000 to ¥30,000 or choose an amount of your choice. Entirely optional and gratefully received.


2. Share your knowledge

I’m actively looking for guest speakers to share your expertise, knowledge and offers to the community. You get a great platform to practice your online facilitation and an engaged and interested audience ready to learn from you. Drop me a DM if you might be interested.

3. Grow the community

Invite your friends and partners who might benefit and bring new ideas to the group.

Share the event reviews on your SNS. 

4. Shine a light

Write a testimonial on my Facebook Business Page https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach/

or LinkedIn Page http://jp.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai

Can I find my Ikigai in my corporate career?

If you have read my post on Ikigai Myths you know my answer to this. Don’t believe me? Listen to “Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai: Episode 1 Zane Zumbahlen

You can listen here and please subscribe, share and write a 5 star review!

Prefer YouTube – check out the unedited video here and subscribe to the channel

Know someone who is living an integrated life with their Ikigai as the driving force? Drop me a line to recommend them as a future guest.

Get out of your Comfort Zone: L1 Hello Points Recap

My final L1 Hello Points Academy Programme in English for 2020 has just finished.

4 participants joined online from Japan – 3 were taking the New Academy course having previously completed the old Evangelist Programme and 1 was a brand new member of the Points of You Tribe.

I shared a Facebook Live before each two hour session started. Even though we are meeting online, I enjoyed setting up my centrepiece, using flowers, light and fragrance.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 3 Closing!

Building Resilience in Times of Uncertainty

5 participants joined our final open Points of You® Workshop in English on December 18th. Using a Points of You® process created by Points of You® Expert, Ruth Sangale, participants reviewed four areas of their life to build their daily resilience

  1. Sleep
  2. Nutrition
  3. Social Connection
  4. Physical Wellbeing

It was great to hear that participants had taken action on their commitments after the session – Healthy food, light exercise, quality family time.

Want to find out about future events? Sign up for the Points of You events in English in Japan mailing list and Points of You® Coaching Tools in English in Japan Group on Peatix

Participants dialled in from Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Several people were using Points of You for the first time!
Participants left energised and with an action plan
High NPS score always makes me feel like I did my job well!
Even though many people were meeting for the first time online, they were able to feel connected and supported in the virtual room. Breakout rooms allowed for more intimate sharing and listening.
The only complaint?It wasn’t long enough! A sign of an engaging topic that resonated with participants.

Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai Podcast Launch

Did you know that I am launching a podcast about #ikigai?
I interviewed the first guest yesterday!

https://anchor.fm/jennifer-shinkai

You’ve probably heard of the Japanese concept of “Ikigai” but are wondering how you can successfully apply it to your life. How do you start living a life of purpose, jumping out of bed, excited to face the day?

Join the Tokyo based, British born facilitator and coach, Jennifer Shinkai and her guests to hear real-life stories of how regular people found and integrated their ikigai. Be inspired by how they took their first steps and how their lives have changed.

Still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? Looking for practical tips to find your ikigai? Then this show is for you.

Please like, subscribe and share https://anchor.fm/jennifer-shinkai

Done & Dusted December

Make March Matter Part IX: #NoRegretsNovember wraps up

This free online community was created on February 27th, 2020 as a way to support entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners affected by Coronavirus cancellations.

Our aim is to provide connection, accountability and inspired action. It is a community that brings smiles, cheerleaders and new ideas.

What happened in November?

We will continue into December!

The theme for next month will be…..

Drumroll please……….:

….

 “Done & Dusted December”

Why? The two Katheryn/ Catherines posted this idea simultaneously so it seemed to resonate with a lot of members

Done & Dusted is very popular in the UK to signify a task is fully completed. No loose ends, everything is tidy and the work is spotless.

  1. Get Stuff Done! – There is still time to finish projects, complete study goals, launch a service you have been planning. With fewer people travelling overseas this year, you may find more chances to connect with international customers in what used to be a “short month” for decision makers with most things needed to be signed off by about the 18th of December!
  2. Dusted – A chance also to clean up loose ends. Follow up on errant tasks, leave things in a better condition. Japan has an end of year tradition called “osouji” (大掃除 – literal “Big cleaning” but perhaps deep cleaning in the tradition of spring cleaning is more appropriate). It is a way to purify the house before the new year (as well as preparing for visitors over the New Year holidays!) So what can you deep clean in your business? Clients who only bring trouble? Processes that no longer support you? Services that don’t make sense in a COVID world? What can you let go off as we go into 2021?

Done & Dusted – do share your ideas for what you would like to achieve in the last month of 2020!

Done & Dusted December: Make March Matter Part X

December Guest Speakers Announcement

You can follow all our events here

Based on member requests, we have a special series of Sales Focused Guest Speakers in December. Whether you are focused on B2C or B2B sales, you will find this content relevant and useful to grow your business in 2021.

WEDNESDAY FROM 09:00 UTC+09-10:00 UTC+09
The Art and Science of Motivating People to Talk With You
Matthew Dons
WEDNESDAY, 9 DECEMBER 2020 FROM 08:30 UTC+09-09:30 UTC+09
Closing Time with Dr. David Sweet
TUESDAY, 22 DECEMBER 2020 FROM 09:00 UTC+09-10:00 UTC+09
What Solopreneurs can learn from Management Consultants with Guest Speaker Mari Ono

See you over at the Facebook Group

How can you support Make March Matter?

1. Contribute

Make March Matter is and will remain a free community. If you are in a position to contribute, I accept payments via PayPal to jennifer.shinkai@gmail.com. Previous contributions ranged from ¥10,000 to ¥30,000 or choose an amount of your choice. Entirely optional and gratefully received.


2. Share your knowledge

I’m actively looking for guest speakers to share your expertise, knowledge and offers to the community. You get a great platform to practice your online facilitation and an engaged and interested audience ready to learn from you. Drop me a DM if you might be interested.

3. Grow the community

Invite your friends and partners who might benefit and bring new ideas to the group.

Share the event reviews on your SNS. 

4. Shine a light

Write a testimonial on my Facebook Business Page https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach/

or LinkedIn Page http://jp.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai

No Regrets November

Make March Matter Part VIII: #OMGOctober wraps up

This free online community was created on February 27th, 2020 as a way to support entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners affected by Coronavirus cancellations.

Our aim is to provide connection, accountability and inspired action. It is a community that brings smiles, cheerleaders and new ideas.

What happened in October?

  • The biggest OMG moment! Make March Matter is a nominee for the BCCJ British Business Awards 2020 Responsible Business Award. So proud of our community for grass roots practical and mental support for small business owners in this challenging year,
  • Over 220 people in the Facebook group . Our doors are always open to new members who need support and community.
  • 1 face to face socially distanced lunch for Tokyo members – wonderful to see people in 3D. Thanks to Phil Robertson from Honyaku Plus for recommending the terrace at Bebu where we could enjoy mask free eating al fresco.
  • 9 Regular Meetings –  Monday Morning Accountability Kick Off, Friday Evening TGIF Week in Review. The bookends of the start and end of the week are powerful motivators. We also had an entertaining Hallowe’en dress up where Kristen Quillan at Drawing Meditations won the unofficial best costume award as a non-scary clown
  • 3 Guest Speaker Content Sessions:
  • 3 Virtual Co-working Sessions hosted by Katheryn Gronauer and Jennifer Shinkai. We also held our first 50/20/50 Focus Finder session. I plan to do one at the start of each quarter.

We will continue into November!

The theme for next month will be…..

Drumroll please……….:

….

 “No Regrets November”

Why?

After a very active and entertaining call-in to the group for ideas, two favourites emerged for a hotly contested Hallowe’en poll.

Nurturing November got unlucky with 13 votes but I think it resonated as it focuses on kindness to ourselves and our client pipeline.

But No Regrets November won out with 16 votes. Here’s what it means to me:

  1. Just two more months of 2020 left: What are the things that you promised you would do? Can you achieve them in the next 60 days? Perhaps you can tap into the energy of the Unbreakable 90 Day Focus Challenge – which I in my full on Harry Potter fan mode call “The Unbreakable Vow”.
  2. No Regrets – say “yes” to something new, so “no” to something no serving you anymore. Make mistakes and explore the learning. Make a big ask of someone and be ok with whatever the answer is. But whatever you do don’t regret it. What is regret? My good friend etymologyonline.com tells us this
    • “to look back with distress or sorrowful longing; to grieve for on remembering,” late 14c., from Old French regreter “long after, bewail, lament someone’s death; ask the help of” (Modern French regretter), from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + -greter, possibly from Frankish or some other Germanic source (compare Old English grætan “to weep;” Old Norse grata “to weep, groan”), from Proto-Germanic *gretan “weep.”
OMG October: Make March Matter Part VIII

November Guest Speakers Announcement

You can follow all our events here

How Many Clients? A fireside chat with Maya Ileto, Angela Ortiz and Jennifer Shinkai Wed November 11
Relationships by Design: Constellations with Sarah Furuya Wed November 18

See you over at the Facebook Group

How can you support Make March Matter?

1. Contribute

Make March Matter is and will remain a free community. If you are in a position to contribute, I accept payments via PayPal to jennifer.shinkai@gmail.com. Previous contributions ranged from ¥10,000 to ¥30,000 or choose an amount of your choice. Entirely optional and gratefully received.


2. Share your knowledge

I’m actively looking for guest speakers to share your expertise, knowledge and offers to the community. You get a great platform to practice your online facilitation and an engaged and interested audience ready to learn from you. Drop me a DM if you might be interested.

3. Grow the community

Invite your friends and partners who might benefit and bring new ideas to the group.

Share the event reviews on your SNS. 

4. Shine a light

Write a testimonial on my Facebook Business Page https://www.facebook.com/jennifershinkaicoach/

or LinkedIn Page http://jp.linkedin.com/in/jennifershinkai

Make March Matter: BBA 2020 Nominee!

From inspiration in the shower the day before the schools closed in February to a thriving, free online community of over 200 small business owners, Make March Matter is a nominee in the Responsible Business Award at the British Business Awards 2020. (Still time to register for the virtual awards ceremony on November 5th!)

This community is a living embodiment of my commitment to UN SDG Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

“The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.”

Small businesses make up over 84% of companies in Japan and employ over 10 million people and add 3.57Trillion yen in value to the economy (Read the METI report here).

They have also been the hardest hit by the impact of Coronavirus and are the most vulnerable to restrictions.

It has been my absolute honour to support business owners as they show immense resilience, hope and entrepreneurial spirit to pivot their business and cheer on each other. Make March Matter is a way for me to integrate my Ikigai and I look forward to each encounter with excitement to see what might emerge!

Come and join us over at the Facebook group for regular accountability meetings, virtual co-working and content rich guest speakers – all free and powered by the energy and enthusiasm of our growing and diverse community.