We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Posey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I started thinking differently about risk a while ago–that it’s not about risk, it’s about what you’re willing to learn from a situation and how can you mitigate the downsides. Part of my work involves undertaking some extreme adventures. One adventure I was part of was an 11-person expedition to the Arctic to cross Baffin Island on foot in winter to film a series on leadership. It was an unbelievably harsh environment. There were serious risks involved that we had to mitigate or accept as part of the expedition. From frostbite to polar bears, we established plans on how to deal with those risks. There were additional risks around how we worked as a team that may have been less obvious, but clearly things we would encounter that we’d have to learn quickly from to be successful. Ultimately, we stayed safe and achieved our goals from putting those mitigation plans in place and following them (but we didn’t encounter any polar bears, thankfully). Putting myself in really tough situations in the adventure world has helped me put risk in perspective and take more risks in my business career. Not to say everyone has to go on crazy expeditions, but sometimes taking yourself out of your day-to-day environment can teach you coping mechanisms related to risk-taking that are ultimately useful in your work. Many of these adventures have helped me decide to start my own business and realize that I can make plans to mitigate risks and when something comes up that trips me up, I figure out how to learn from that experience.
What should our readers know about your business?
SUPER*MEGA*BOSS is a manager training company. We create short videos, virtual and in-person sessions, as well as SMS training designed to make better bosses. We focus on the fundamentals of being a good boss from the start and use foundations in learning practices, habit formation, and neuroscience to create learning that’s as interesting and fun as what you look at outside of work. I’m personally so excited about creating content that addresses the hard part of work–managing other humans–in a more compelling and weird way. After all, working with other humans can be weird. I think there’s a big craving for authenticity and yet we don’t really get training on how to be authentic and lead others. I started the company 2 years ago and wanted to build a brand that stood out in a very crowded market. SUPER*MEGA*BOSS is not for everyone, but that’s ok. That was a decision that was hard to make but important. I wanted to create a brand that people would appreciate, even if they think it’s a little weird. Creating a financially sustainable business is also important to me, not just focusing on hypergrowth.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the outdoors, and living in the SF Bay Area is great for that. Being close to both the mountains and the ocean means you have a lot of options. One of the most amazing ways to see the area is on a tandem paragliding flight from the East Bay hills (which I do for fun on a pretty regular basis). It involves a few mile hike up a mountain and then a flight with an instructor. It’s like the dreams you have about flying like a bird come to life! It’s also a cool way to get a great vantage point of the Bay. For ocean fun, I always like a drive on Highway 1 up the coast near Davenport. There’s Swanton Berry Farm to get fresh strawberries in season and they make great shortcakes and the Davenport Roadhouse to get a nice meal. They call it the “Slow Coast” where you can slow down time and just chill out. San Jose is under appreciated for sure. There are so many great places to eat and a variety of cuisines to choose from. I love Le You (Ethiopian), Back-a-Yard (Caribbean) and a breakfast burrito from La Vic with orange sauce. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been thinking a lot about building resilience when times are tough and have used the world of adventure for inspiration. See my book Wild Success for some cool stories of people going through rough stuff and how they grow from these experiences. This last year has provided a lot of risks I’ve taken in my business, particularly in how to shape my unique brand, SUPER*MEGA*BOSS, and Corinne Wainer has been a huge help in driving to push the envelope with me in the training industry. It’s allowed me to think about being the truly weird and unique person I am and bring the value with that to others.
Twitter: @BrainyLeaders and @Super_Mega_Boss
Other: My book website: https://morewildsuccess.com/
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