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It’s all about the long game.

September 12th, 2017 Posted by Journey, Lightbulb Moments No Comment yet
  • 2 years ago @skeevestevens & I got chipped, now we host “Chipping Parties.”
  • 5 years ago I started using and teaching other people how to use #fittech now we have a company called @superhumanology which is a tech support business for #wearables#lifetech & #fittech
  • 6 years ago we decided that our crazy fit each other so we got married

Of course there has been lots of other things done together and companies started, a lot of hard work and so much fun.
Skeeve always talked about long game, and I knew it was important but I never realised how important.
Just like a lot of amazing leaders Nikola Tesla put it well… the long game is awesome if you stay the course.

…Shanti

Learning from a Judge and a Red Light

May 30th, 2017 Posted by Journey, Lightbulb Moments No Comment yet
I realise this blog is a little out of the ordinary for me, but I do believe that we can have lightbulb moments in the most unlikely of places. This day created such a lightbulb moment for me I have a new found respect and understanding of our court system, it was definitely worth the half a day.
In late Feb I was riding my scooter and I triggered a red light camera but I had actually stopped and I wasn’t going to go through the intersection. When I got the fine in the mail I went online and put in my appeal to get the fine reversed. However, the SDRO couldn’t do it. So we decided to appeal it in court. I am really happy that I did because I learnt so much.
Why go to court? Yes it’s $433, which is a lot less than Skeeve’s and my hourly rate together, in this case it wasn’t really about the money.  I had never been to court for anything before (aside from school excursions). So Skeeve said “there is no harm let’s give it a go, this is a great learning opportunity.” A great learning opportunity it was indeed, I really do have a newly found respect and understanding of the court system. In all honesty I didn’t think I really cared about my driving record until I realised it was totally clean after 9 years of driving and riding, I’d love my record to stay clean as long as possible.
When I walked into the court room I saw the Judge at the head back centre, she seemed to be in a good mood. Then in front of her were two clerks. One that didn’t leave her desk the whole time I was there and one guy who I was told was the the administration clerk, he did a lot of running around, co-ordination and handling of the tonne of paperwork.
I watched the judge handle about 15 cases before me, she seemed really fair, I don’t know why I was so shocked, judges are supposed to be fair. I have just watched too many movies and law shows. Very often, based on a driver’s history and the offence she would use her “discretion under section 10” to wave the fine and points.
The way my case got handled, I had to get up behind the mic two times, the first time was to plead “not guilty” and to ask to get a date to have my case heard. At that point the judge suggested I go to see one of the Duty Officers, that meaning there were two lawyers upstairs just sitting there waiting to answer people’s questions, for free. The Judge said I should go and see them before saying that I was not guilty because that is a lot harder than “pleading guilty with an excuse.” I ended up doing both which meant, I went to the next room and asked for a date for my “not guilty” case. Then, Skeeve and I went upstairs to double check with the Lawyers on Duty, in reality we were talking to two lawyers for 15mins, each of these lawyers would have been easily $500ph. This totally amazed me, I know that lawyers do pro-bono work but they were literally sitting there all day ready to help anyone who was going to be in court that day.
The lawyers upstairs really helped us because we went through my case and they helped us realise that I actually needed to go for the option of “pleading guilty with an excuse.” Even though I had set up the new date, it was totally fine, I went back to the second room, changed my plea and removed the previous date change. We then went back into the first room and said that I would now be changing my plea to guilty. Even better, the judge was happy to sort it out on the same day… after all of that. I was so shocked and humbled at this point, by the time I got up to see the judge again I was feeling like I deserved to pay the fine just to have this experience.
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When it was my turn to get up and give my excuse, the Judge got my case paperwork, she read through it very carefully then said “well you don’t need to say much your driving record speaks for itself.” That’s my cue so say as little as possible. So I explained that I had obviously stopped on my bike but I triggered the red light camera because I rolled over the line that was the start of the intersection. The Judge wanted to know why motorbikes needed to be at the front of the intersection, which I tried to explain in as little words as possible, that it is about safety etc. After 60 seconds of banter the Judge said I was a “marvellous driver” and that “we need more people like you on the roads.” The Judge used her discretion under section 10 to remove the penalty and the points, which means my license is still clean. With a warning that this only happens once every 10 years so I need to stick to the road rules. I said “Thank you Your Honour” and left.
Lessons I learnt from the Judge:
  • Be controlled and fair. Clearly it’s not good form for a Judge to get angry or flustered, this Judge nailed that code of conduct like she was born for the role.
  • Follow the process. There is a process for everything that happens in a court, they might be boring but they are there for a reason.
  • Not everyone knows what you know. The Judge was always happy to explain to any defendant things that were important or for their benefit. She never once assumed that we knew something or should have known something.
  • Being fair, doesn’t mean being a push over. The Judge was really fair all day, sometimes a case required enforcement and sometimes it needed leniency, she knew exactly what to do, the whole time. When the Judge needed to enforce the penalty she was kind and firm about it, when she was using her discretion under section 10 she was kind but she did want to know that you didn’t intend to just continue breaking the rules, you needed to know what you had done wrong and say you don’t intend to keep doing it.
  • Don’t loose your cool, ever. The poor Judge had to hear people talk when they didn’t need to, had to say the same thing over and over again and she was hearing about driving issues almost all day. I don’t know how she stayed so focused and calm all day.
  • Show respect. Everyone has titles, you need to use them. When you walk into or out of the court room you are supposed to give a small bow in sign of respect to The Commonwealth.
  • Stay on top of admin. From what I could see, about 40% of the Judge’s day was admin and specific case files, names and dates etc. All of this did seem to help though, the Judge always had the right paperwork and was always doing exactly what needed to be done, no more, no less.

Interview on Her Way Podcast

March 18th, 2017 Posted by BioHacker, Microchips, News No Comment yet

After the media and interest around Microchips I ended up doing some very cool things, one of which was this interview on “Her Way Podcast”

This was a lot of fun to make, I think we could have kept talking for hours, it’s always fun to chat with people on the other side of the world who have a totally different perspective on life.

“In this episode we’re talking to Shanti Korporaal, a serial entrepreneur who has “too many ideas and not enough sleep”. She’s a futurist, a virtual reality specialist and “the whisky chick”. Join us for a talk on the stories behind whisky, opportunities and fears regarding virtual reality and the question of what the biggest changes, that Virtual Reality will bring us, will be.”

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Shanti Korporaal on the stories behind whisky and the opportunities of Virtual Reality (Part I)

Shanti Korporaal on biohacking and what it means to be human (part II)

…Shanti

Entering the Telstra Business Women’s Awards

June 20th, 2016 Posted by Awards, Journey No Comment yet

So, mid May, someone nominated me for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards (I still don’t know who)… an award I never would have thought to enter myself in. I looked at some of the previous finalists and winners and immediately thought, “who was this crazy person, I can’t be in that club, these women are amazing and I’m just me. I haven’t done anything.”

 
However, I also thought, “get over your silly self doubt and do the entry…” hours and hours and many emotions later I got my submission in on time. It was one of the hardest award application processes I have been through. It also forced me to stop and analyse everything about who I am, why I do what I do and actually what I have achieved over the last 5 years. The process also asks for referrals from mentors, colleagues and staff… so you have to be honest and open about yourself, and you have to ask other people in your life, people you love and respect, to do the same.

 
The length and breadth of the questions has lead me down such an interesting path, to the point now where I realise that I have actually been able to accomplish a lot of amazing things over the last 5 years. I am actually making an impact. I am helping people and helping them to make changes in their individual lives. 

 
I also realised just how much I would not have been able to do without awesome people in my life. I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today without my husband and business partner Skeeve Stevens. I couldn’t have done any of this without my awesome team of staff, or the amazing group of people and mentors I have in my life who have pushed me and forced me out of my comfort zone.

 
Often in my daily life I get caught up in my head about all the mistakes I make or anything I could have or should have done better. This process forces you to think on the larger scale, and objectively look over the last 5 years of your life and acknowledge changes that you have made and own them.

 
I understand that this is a business award, maybe it isn’t supposed to bring so much emotion, but the truth is, for Skeeve and I, we put our heart into all my businesses, each business is just a different expression of who we are and our interests and varying expertise. All our business at their hearts empower people by intersecting technology and lightbulb moments and enabling them to grow and change. Wether this is helping a large company stay ahead of the times, a small service provider business diversify it’s offering it’s client’s by empowering them with an elastic ISP core, or provide an NGO with a good quality space to train their staff and clients in Cambodia.

 
After going through this process I can honestly say I am so proud of what we have done together over the last 5 years and I am really excited to see what the next 5 years brings. It’s funny how this deadline forced me out of my motivational slump and into a turbocharged person who excited to keep going and making more of an impact.

 
So regardless of how the award process actually goes I’m so happy that I completed the entry and I’m excited for next year when I can recommend other women for the same award. 
https://www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/