Yesterday I was invited to speak at my local chamber of commerce to a group of invited business people about the power of speaking as a communication tool, and in particular the value of TED-style talks for small business. A TED-style talk is one with an idea worth spreading – so says Chris Anderson, founder of the world-renowned event series. A high percentage of businesses in CoCs are service businesses so I wanted to illustrate how this kind of business can find an ‘idea worth spreading’ as well as the many academics, authors, researchers and scientists who we often see on the stage at TED. One of the great benefits of the rise of TED and the power of the internet has been the enormous renaissance in speaking. There are now so many more opportunities to put your business in front of others. An idea worth spreading is a talk worth considering to promote your business! Read More
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Many people have now interviewed Jos de Blok of Buurtzorg. I first met Jos at Meaning Conference in Brighton, where he was one of the most informative and entertaining speakers on the day about the challenges and successes of using self-management as part of his organisational set-up to support his mission to change an entire system. As there are so few organisations who are as established (10 years into the business) he had to be part of The Purposeful Enterprise Summit. Read More
I have long been an admirer of Forum for the Future so it was a no brainer for me to take the chance to meet with them as part of The Purposeful Enterprise Summit. Although this is a multi-faceted organisation with a deep reach into the future of sustainable enterprise, this time last year I was most interested in Forum for the Future’s Net-Positive programme which had launched the year before. For me Net-Positive came at a time when I was desperately looking for new, interesting models to move the sustainability agenda forwards. I felt there was a need for something that was better than ‘better than bad’, and even circular didn’t seem to encompass both social and environmental needs. Net-Positive was one of the most positive developments of 2015, so I was keen to explore it with the organisation’s pioneering CEO Sally Uren. Read More
When I first met Richard at The RSA in London, the first thing that struck me was his intense vitality for life. He started The Barrett Values Centre in his 50s after a long career in international economics and finance, and bounded into the room like an enthusiastic teenager. Richard was one of my key guests on The Purposeful Enterprise Summit, as I knew he completely understood the psychology of organisations alongside human development. I wasn’t disappointed with interview and it turned out to be the most popular interview of the series.
What struck me most about Richard is his ability to make understandable the huge complexity around how and why we move as individuals between consciousness levels. He really helped me to understand why, despite much personal development, I have struggled to behave with the level of consciousness I want to after a period of reversals of fortunes. This was something I had never considered before. He was just as able to explain the impact of our childhood environment can do to our ability to self-actualise in a lifetime. I found the hour I spent with Richard hugely rewarding and often listen again to this interview. Read More
Given the turmoil of first few month’s of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the on-going anxiety w feel about Brexit, you could be forgiven for losing all sense of hope of a thriving future for people and planet. To see the chaos caused at airports over his sudden lurch towards banning access to the US for refugees and passport holders from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and to witness the disappearance of all mention of climate change from the White House and Environmental Agency’s websites, are alone cause for concern. But could these kinds of decisions act in a positive way for us, activating the primordial sense of survival that kicks in whenever we are in danger? Can the on-going uncertainty and volatility propel us forward in our goals go creating a good Life and a thriving future? Read More
If you are an ambitious entrepreneur with growth plans, at some point you will most likely have to go looking for investment to grow and expand. When you do, you will have to produce an investment deck and a pitch presentation. In a few short hours I’m off to London to help train another group of great start-ups in the art of pitching for investment. It’s something I do regularly and thoroughly enjoy, not only because I love hearing new business concepts, but I know I can help each entrepreneur refine and hone a successful pitch. How do you create a successful pitch for investment? Read More