Meet Tamara Simon | Contributor in the Spotlight
I’m the Simple Systems Specialist known as The BSi. As a Speaker, Author and Troubleshooter, I use simple systems to solve problems and find opportunities for Small Businesses and Registered Training Organisations so they can build simple profitable businesses they actually love.
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Tamara, who is your business idol and why?
As a lover of most sports, my business idol is probably different to most business owners or writers. Mine is Rod Macqueen who was the Australian coach who introduced business principles, leadership and professionalism into the world of rugby union. As a result, he changed the operations of many professional sports including rugby and he outlined his process in his book meta which is one of my favourite books.
What was the last book you read without skipping through anything?
As I usually have a few books on the go at once, I can’t remember the last book I read from cover to cover or in one go.
If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
There are a few I would pick: White House Press Secretary, Rob Low, Alistair Clarkson (Hawthorn AFL Coach). But if I had to pick one, it would be Jon Bon Jovi. Not only is he the singer of one of my favourite bands Bon Jovi, but he is the business person behind their success as well as the founder of many philanthropic initiatives which I’m keen to see behind the scenes.
What is something you’ve always wanted to try but have been too scared to?
Walking the Sydney Harbour Bridge – scared of heights so not happening. Very happy to enjoy the view from the ground.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Queensland Finalist in the Telstra Young Business Womens Awards, Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Brisbane Finalist in the Young Manager of the Year Awards, had my own business since 2002, wrote and published 2 business books in 5 months.
Where is your favourite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?
As a boring homebody, it is rare to get me out of the house except when I’m meeting clients or at speaking engagements or events. However, when time allows and I feel in the mood to put on my joggers, there are few local coffee shops I frequent.
What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?
I’m a natural helper and problem solver who’s driven by service and making a difference. My mission is to help as many small businesses and registered training organisations build simple profitable businesses they actually love.
Is there a documentary/book/event that really changed the way you thought about something?
Archbishop Oscar Romero who spoke out against poverty, injustice, assassinations and torture in El Salvador, and paid the price with his life.
What’s your favourite cheesy pick-up line? Have you ever used it for real?
I’ve never used a pick up line and haven’t really had any used on me. However, the other day, I was walking past a guy selling tickets to a charity house and his line to get me to buy was ‘I come with the house’. Now if I’d been single, that probably would’ve resulted in me buying a few tickets.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
Magenta (pink) because for me, it’s not a colour, it’s an attitude.
What’s your favourite ’90s jam?
As a fan of 80s music especially Australian bands, I don’t follow much music after that era. However, I’m a huge Matchbox 20 and Rob Thomas fan.
If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?
As the Simple Systems Specialist, my process would be:
- Allocate a timeframe (meeting) in my diary to sort through emails THEN
- Delete all spam/junk mail
- Answer all meeting invites
- Change view perspective from date order received to ‘To’ so I could see who the emails where from
- Prioritise emails to answer based on 4D’s principle (Do it, Diarise it, Delegate it (or because there’s just me, move to ‘Things to sort from Inbox’ folder or Delete it).
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