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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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19-Oct-2017
Export Skills - Researching your Export Markets

Researching your Export Markets

What you will learn:

  • How to research markets before deciding on market entry.
  • How to access a wider range of export information.
  • How to take a planned approach to gathering research information.
  • To understand the links between research and better export planning decisions.

Following the workshops each participant will receive one half day 1:1 mentoring session to help you apply what you have learned to your business.

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  • If there is insufficient demand for workshops we reserve the right to reschedule or cancel.
  • The booking fee is refundable if more than 10 working days’ notice of cancellation is given.

 

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20-Oct-2017
Women in Business NI Social Media Workshop

 

Design like a pro with Pagemodo

Date    Friday 20th October 2017
Time   9.30am - 11.30am
Location    Coderlab 
    Causeway Enterprise Agency 
    Loughanhill Industrial Estate 
    Coleraine, BT52 2NR 
Cost   £10 Member
    £25 Non Member
Book   HERE

 

Please note, as this is a practical workshop, places for this event are extremely limited.

 

If you're responsible for looking after social media within your business and would love to know how to design professional, creative and visually exciting cover pictures and posts without having to buy design packages or pay someone to create them for you then this month's Women In Business NI practical workshop at Causeway Enterprise Agency has been designed with you in mind.

In this workshop Debbie Rymer, founder of SAND Marketing and East Coast Marketing Academy, will introduce you to PageModo - a Powerful Social Media presence tool to design customised posts and cover images.

During this hands-on session you will discover how to use PageModo to design striking cover photos and discover how to engage your fans and keep them talking with visual posts and relevant content that you can find and schedule in as little as 15 minutes a week. With Pagemodo's Post Designer you can easily market your sales, events, and contests without a professional designer.

What you will learn

Professional Themes for Cover Photos

Whether you're looking for a professional feel, or just want to some fun, Pagemodo has you covered with their Facebook cover page templates.

Thousands of images and shapes

You can create your own Facebook cover and social posts with fantastic imagery by uploading your own photos and logo or search their free image and shape library.

Edit Pictures

You can rotate and resize pictures easily with Pagemodo's photo editor and because we will be using Pagemodo templates you don't need to worry about learning how to design or figuring out Facebook's code

Add custom text in seconds.

Not only can you add your own images you can also let your users know who you are and what you do with custom text on your design. You can vary the font, colour, size and more with just a few clicks.

And that's only the beginning...

Once you get to grips with the basics in this workshop you practice in your own time and use Pagemodo online training to design, schedule and manage ads, run competitions and even design custom tabs.

What is Page Modo and how much does it cost?

PageModo is a Freemium social media presence tool so you can sign up for free on the day and start using the tool immediately. Once you start using the tool ideally you should consider upgrading to the paid PageModo basic which is only around £55 per year (paid annually) and if you are managing multiple accounts you can go for the pro package.


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