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04-Oct-2017 When Passion meets Purpose #Lead2Grow

September ended on a high for the team here at CEA when we opened the doors to our second Lead2Grow conference hosted in the freshly renovated and beautifully located Riverside theatre in partnership again with Ulster University.

It was a sell out event, live streamed to the globe and as we write this today we are wondering how we can capture all the amazing learning from the stellar cast of speakers, but we will try!

Leadership, being a leader, the leader, becoming a leader; are all terms that some of the best leaders struggle with, are great leaders born or made? This very struggle is the reason we created Lead2Grow. Dr Karise Hutchinson opened the conference explaining that we are a small business economy, that as a community or Tribe, as we learnt on Friday, we need our business leaders to generate wealth for us all to prosper. Karise reminded us that leadership development was key to successful businesses of all sizes.

So what did we learn? Here are our takeaways and if you were there and want a refresh or couldn’t make it and want to learn more, the link to the live stream is at the bottom of this blog.

Jill Robb - Origin Digital

Jill gave us a whistle stop tour of all things digital from her Snapchat glasses for catching video on the move to the fact that in the last 6 years the number of marketing platforms available has risen from 150-1500, truly mind blowing, where do you start? She suggested answering a question, “What issue/problem/pain are you going to solve for your customer?”, Create a strategy, a plan, pick your channels, choose your tactics, measure to see what works well and turn your customers into advocates.

The Panel


Our Panel was diverse, including Fiona Bradley, a leadership coach, Andrew Lynas, MD of a £100m+ food business, Paula Hillman, MBE, PSNI Chief Superintendent, and Tre Sheppard of Hope & Fury Records. 

Our host for the day Mark Carruthers chaired an inspiring Q&A session with our panel, there was so much learning, here are some of their Top Tips;

 

Do what you are good at, don’t be all things to all people

Your Talent Pool is critical – get the right people on your bus

Leaders are Culture Chiefs, set the values and create the culture

Great leaders coach, mentor and empower their team to become leaders in their own right

Leaders use the language of success

The Keynote Speakers

After a quick cup of tea, we were ready for our Keynote, one of the top 20 speakers and futurologists in the world Patrick Dixon, accompanied by his associate Ravi Dua of Global Innovations….

To say that Patrick burst onto the stage is an understatement, he launched into to telling us that he encounters ‘institutional blindness’ everywhere he goes, that often simple things were being missed and over looked by leaders around the world.

He said, ’take off the glasses and avoid losing perspective’ and used a simple story of his time as a waiter. He learned quickly that if he smiled and was speedy and courteous his tips would be good, compared to a restaurant he was recently at where all the guests were using the torch on their phones to read the menu! No one can take their customers for granted today. Create some magic for our organisations by making small changes - move with change for success

One of the most arresting slides of the day was titled:

LIFE IS TOO SHORT

Do things you believe in

It could sound glib, even condescending coming from anyone else but Patrick went on to describe the world as it has become, he described the FUTURE as Fast, Urban, Tribal, Universal, Radical, Ethical, as small business we have the ability to be agile, reach out and grow our tribes based on the Trust we build with them.

He illustrated how impatient we have all become, if a video hasn’t loaded within 3 seconds we have lost interest! As leaders we need to connect with our emotion - our passions – our needs – our customers needs!

Ravi then encouraged us all to tear up the old roadmap of how to create and grow a business, he suggested like Patrick that we needed to go deeper find our inner compass…. where Passion meets Purpose.

If 85% of the worlds population is living in emerging countries, then they are our market, we need to Lead2Grow and go Local2Global….

The challenge is set and we are here to help whether you haven’t started yet, have just started or have been in business for a while.

A final thought on an amazing few hours spent with inspiring people, in the Riverside Theatre at Ulster University in Coleraine, overlooking the beautiful River Bann, How lucky are we…comes from our CEO Jayne Taggart.

“I truly hope you enjoyed the day and that we have inspired lots of new ideas to help you as leaders grow your business. Let’s not be a Kodak, let’s look forwards instead of backwards. In the 1920’s a business was expected to have a lifespan of 67 years, today its 15, the landscape is constantly changing, the companies that win invest in their staff and in themselves as leaders. Don’t get left behind.”

View the Livestream of the event here

View the full galley of the event here


Attendee? A further email will be released, distributing slides and an evaluation to capture your thoughts. Keep an eye on your inbox!

 

05-Sep-2017 Local Businesses Should Take Advantage Of The Unknown

 

Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of Causeway Enterprise Agency, conference speaker Arlene Foster MLA and Dr Karise Hutchinson, Provost of Ulster University’s Coleraine campus at the launch of Lead 2 Grow: Leading Change for Success.

 

 

Causeway Enterprise Agency and Ulster University have recruited Europe’s leading futurist to help local businesses take advantage of the uncertain and fast-changing business and political landscape.

The keynote speaker at September’s Lead 2 Grow conference, Patrick Dixon, claims that businesses with unrealised growth should be working to understand the unknown and turn uncertainty into an advantage.

Dixon, who was recognised as one of the world’s most influential business thinkers by The Times ‘Thinkers 50’ list, is a business adviser to many of the world’s largest companies including Google, Microsoft and IBM.

He commented: “Technological, environmental and political changes are disrupting the business landscape at an ever-growing pace. What’s missing in many Northern Ireland companies is the process of understanding the unknown, using data on global trends, adjacent industries and underlying forces to make informed decisions on their futures.”

The event is to be addressed by Arlene Foster, MLA who will join Dixon, international start-up mentor, Ravi Dua, co-owner of Belfast-based Origin Digital, Jill Robb, event host, BBC political broadcaster, Mark Carruthers and a panel of distinguished local business leaders.

Dr Karise Hutchinson, Provost of Ulster University’s Coleraine campus said:

“Today’s business climate is characterised by political and economic uncertainty, particularly relating to Brexit and the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly. As a result, businesses need to be prepared for many eventualities in the short, medium and long terms. The panel at Lead 2 Grow is a world renowned group of forward thinkers who are ahead of the curve in their respective industries and will have a wealth of insight for businesses of all sizes in attendance.”

Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of Causeway Enterprise Agency added:

“Lead 2 Grow will provide business leaders with the tools they need to not just respond to change but to embrace and prepare for it. The most successful companies are those with the greatest ability to change with the times, so we are aiming to promote this mind-set to the businesses in attendance.”

‘Lead 2 Grow: Leading Change for Success’ takes place on Friday 29 September at the Riverside Theatre, Coleraine in association with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and  the Chartered Management Institute. For more information visit www.causeway-enterprise.co.uk/events


 

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Latest Events

24-Nov-2017
The Power of Storytelling in Business

 

Date    Friday 24th November 2017 
Time   12.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue    The Watson Suite 
    Lodge Hotel 
    Coleraine 
    BT52 1NF 
     
Cost    FREE 
     
Book   HERE


Dr Karise Hutchinson, author of ‘Leadership and Small Business- The Power of Stories’, will unpack the sense-making capability of stories and storytelling for female business leaders. She will argue stories are not child’s play and will demonstrate how storytelling can be used as a valuable tool in the world of business

Who should attend?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Business Owners
  • Sole Traders

Why should I attend?

  • Learn why telling your story can help you grow your business
  • Hear other's stories
  • A great networking opportunity 
  • Lunch is provided

About the speaker

Dr Karise Hutchinson is a Senior Lecturer in the Ulster University Business School and has recently been appointed as Provost for Coleraine. Karise joined Ulster University in 2004 and was awarded a PhD in SME international management in 2006. Since 2006, she has been an integral member of the Business Management Research Institute at Ulster University, included in the 2008 RAE and REF 2014 submission as a result of her high quality research publications, external research grant income, PhD completions, and impact case study work. Her research has been presented at international conferences and published in wide range of high quality international journals. The extensive impact of her research has been recognised by the British Academy of Management Education Practice award in 2016 and the Chartered Management Institute’s Top Industry Article award in 2013.

Karise is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and holds a number of positions outside the University including, Affiliate of the Authentic Leadership Institute in Harvard, USA, Chair of the Causeway Enterprise Agency, Council member of the British Academy of Management and Faculty Board member of the Chartered Management Institute UK. Her experience includes business engagement across a range of industry sectors, where she has led several Knowledge Transfer Projects, organised a wide range of large scale events for business owners and policy stakeholders, as well as invited keynote speaker. As a result of her strong engagement with industry, Karise has been involved in national media broadcasts on well-known radio and television programs, commenting on current economic issues in Northern Ireland from the perspective of the consumer and retailer, with publications in range of regional and national newspapers.


 

30-Nov-2017
Bridging Borders with Innovation

Overview

30 Nov 10:00 to 14:00


Bridging Borders with Innovation

At this event you will learn about the importance of innovation management and new international standards, how cross border collaboration can drive and enable innovation, and what support is available to help you achieve it.

Collaborating to Innovate

Innovation encompasses a huge range transformation activities from looking for new ideas, to R&D, to finding new ways to sell your products or services. These activities can often be done better or faster by collaborating or partnering with another organisation.

Today’s successful businesses don’t work alone. They concentrate on what they are good at, creating something different or unique, and carefully choosing partners to deliver on other key activities. Collaborating (in lots of ways) gets you there quicker!

Why attend?

There are many grants available to help fund innovative projects. However this event will explore innovation capacity – your ability to spot and capture new trends, take advantage of emerging technologies, re-energize your manufacturing processes, and accelerate the pace at which you grow your business. Put simply, it’s about how you plan, manage and implement innovation.

We will also discuss what support is available in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to improve that capacity, with a particular focus on collaboration.

For more details and to book CLICK HERE

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