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Wouldn’t it be fantastic if everyone who had a great idea that they really loved created a flexible, do-able plan and then went for it – un-self-consciously, unapologetically and with the mindset of simply making the idea become as amazing as it can be?

This is what my podcast is all about. Helping you, your team and your business create your own legacies that you didn’t even imagine were possible through innovation, co-creation, intrapreneurship and facilitation.

I’m here to cheer you on and walk alongside you, an independent thinker, who wants to pioneer, create more and regurgitate less, and blast through gloss and BS to get into the substance of what really matters and really works.

Let’s trust in ourselves and listen to our own intuition. We’ll consult others, learn, listen to views, then take our stand and unapologetically do us. Bring on the ideas…

December 17, 2021

2022 Trends – a Round Up for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Are you looking ahead yet to 2022? Now’s a good a time to start as any, and I’ve done a bit of the hard work for you. 

I’ve reviewed a range of the leading trends reports for 2022 and will be sharing my overview for innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders in this episode.

Join me for a practical, evidence-based view of what’s likely to be important for consumers and businesses as the world continues to change in these unusual times.

You’ll get some useful tips and suggestions for how to use the 2022 trend insights that I share for your own business.

Plus, I’ll point you to all the original 2022 research references in case there’s a theme that you’d like to explore more deeply.

#innovation #entrepreneurship #innovationleadership #intrapreneurship #2022trends

December 3, 2021

How to Power Up Your Innovation Mindset

Do you want to put a ding in the universe?

Steve Jobs did.  And I think many of us want to, as well, in our own way.

It doesn’t have to be a huge ding. Lots of smaller dings add up.

As ding-making team members, innovators and leaders, we can all develop our innovation mindset to massively multiply the positive impact that we create.

We can learn to strengthen and maximise our unique, personal innovation thinking style by understanding it, and then by using approaches, tools and practice to help our minds work their magic in wise, brilliant and sometimes surprisingly cool ways.

The more we take our innovation brains for a spin and give them a great workout, the better, smarter and faster they’ll get at spotting interesting dots and connecting them to shape new opportunities.

We can learn to get better at hanging in there when ding-creation gets tough (it invariably does) because we recognise that there can be no great breakthroughs without having something to break through first.

Innovation mindset is at the origin of every successful – and unsuccessful – endeavour.

The ideas you and your business have, and how well you execute them, are what separate you from your competition. At the root of your innovation is the quality of your individual and collective thinking.

Mindset is a hugely important and, for me at least, endlessly fascinating aspect of innovation that is underexplored.

 

In this episode, I cover:

…What an innovation mindset is and why it’s important

…How to work out your own innovation thinking style preferences, and how they might affect the people you work with, and your own decision-making

…Practical, scientifically-proven and often fun and enjoyable ways that you can power up your own innovation mindset, and help your team to do the same.

November 19, 2021

Collaborative Innovation

Collaborative innovation happens when different organisations, or teams from the same organization, work in partnership to create new products, services or solutions.

It can be a brilliant approach to solving big, important challenges that need diverse inputs, pooled resources, and shared learning.

Collaborative innovation also has its ups and downs, at times! The key to success lies in understanding the potential challenges and benefits, being prepared for them, and developing the discernment and skills to both lead and contribute well.

 

In this episode, I’ll cover:

…What collaborative innovation is and how it works in practice at its best, with examples

…When collaborative innovation might be useful for an organisation, and when not

…The importance of selecting great partners for your collaboration, and some tips that might help

…Common pitfalls and critical success factors

…Collaborative innovation leadership skills, and how to develop them.

 

This is a content-rich episode, packed with pragmatic insight based on years of first-hand experience!

It would be great to hear your experiences of collaborative innovation, too.

  • What works or doesn’t work from your perspective?
  • What questions do you have that you’d really like me to answer?

 

As always, let’s see what insights and ideas we can co-create in the moment.

Looking forward to collaborating with you.

November 4, 2021

Innovation Strategy for Your Business

I believe innovation is all about coming up with great, new ideas and using them to make a positive difference in the world. 

 

Of course, innovation has always been with us. Everything we use or enjoy today is the result of an innovation from someone, somewhere. 

 

But it feels like we have never needed innovation as much as we need it now: emerging from the pandemic, tackling climate change, building a fairer, safer society and more.

 

Businesses of all sizes collectively play a major role in driving innovation. They also need to innovate. 

 

And the most successful businesses are those that are purpose-driven. 

 

Research by Deloitte in 2020 shows that purpose-driven companies experience higher market share gains, grow on average x3 faster than their competitors, and achieve higher employee and customer satisfaction.

 

Creating and implementing an intelligent, agile, dynamic and purpose-led innovation strategy makes a significant difference to business performance, resilience and sustainability.

 

In this episode, I’ll cover:

 

…What an innovation strategy is, and how an innovation strategy can accelerate purpose-driven business growth

 

…When an innovation strategy might be useful for an organisation, and when not

 

…How to get started with creating an innovation strategy that’s right for your business

 

…Some common pitfalls and critical success factors

 

It will be great to hear your experiences of shaping and implementing innovation strategy, and what works or doesn’t work from your perspective.

 

As always, let’s see what insights and ideas we can co-create in the moment.

 

Looking forward to collaborating with you.

#innovation #cocreation #innovationleadership #intrapreneurship #facilitation

October 29, 2021

How do Innovation Sprints Work?

How do innovation sprints, also known as design sprints, actually work? 

If you’ve not experienced one before, an innovation or design sprint is a short, focused, purposeful event designed to achieve solutions to a specific challenge or opportunity.

Together your delegates from inside and often outside your organisation will collaborate to collectively define what success looks like for your challenge or opportunity. 

They’ll generate and develop ideas to achieve that success, and create early prototypes and action plans.

Innovation sprints can be online, in-person or hybrid events.

I love designing and running sprints and have been facilitating them for years.

In the last few months alone, at the Big Bang we have facilitated sprints for our clients on themes such as:

  • New product development
  • Customer experience
  • Digital technology solutions
  • Business growth acceleration
  • Employee engagement 
  • Long-term environmental strategy
  • Climate change 

… and more.

But to be successful – which means achieving the target outcomes at the same time as creating a positive experience for delegates – a fantastic sprint needs to be expertly designed and facilitated. 

 

In this episode, I’ll cover:

…How innovation sprints work, and what makes them successful

…When an innovation sprint might be useful for an organisation, and when it’s not

…How to organise an innovation sprint for your business, avoiding some of the common pitfalls that can compromise success

 

It would be great to hear your experiences of running or participating in innovation sprints and what works or doesn’t work from your perspective.

As always, let’s see what insights and ideas we can co-create in the moment.

Looking forward to collaborating with you.

 

#innovation #cocreation #innovationleadership #intrapreneurship #facilitation

October 8, 2021

Thought-leadership and Innovation. Creativity and Critical Thinking

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if …

 

…everyone in business felt inspired, confident and unapologetic enough to think independently, create more and regurgitate less?

…people trusted in themselves and listened to their own intuition?

…they consulted others, took on board different perspectives, and then came to their own conclusions, thinking creatively AND critically?

 

Never before have we had so much access to such a huge diversity of opinion, data, information, and so many opportunities to connect with and follow people from around the world.

In some ways, we are in a wonderful golden age of shared thought and enlightenment because of all the online conversation and connections.

But is all that volume creating a reduction in the impact for us as innovators and consumers of content?

There’s a lot of noise out there, a lot of copying, as well as a myriad of insights and wisdom.

How might we find strategies to cut through the noise and find the gems that help us, as innovators, to create, communicate and consume for more meaningful outcomes?

 

I’d love you to join me for this show where I’ll be exploring the theme of thought-leadership and innovation.

Let me know what you think.

Contribute to the debate.

Let’s see what insights and ideas we can co-create in the moment.

 

Looking forward to collaborating with you.

August 13, 2021

How to Facilitate Group Dynamics in Workshops & Sprints

People behave differently in groups than when they are on their own or one-to-one.

 

This episode is a deep-dive into group dynamics for workshop facilitators. I’ll share some fascinating and useful insights into group dynamics that are invaluable for remote and in-person facilitation.

 

Themes include:

  • How our human need for social connection influences our behaviors in a group setting
  • Insights into group psychology
  • Creativity and the group norms
  • How to structure your workshops, sprints and meetings to support collaboration, innovation and achieve results

 

Group dynamics are a key element that we work with every single day as facilitators. I can’t wait to see your comments and questions. As always, it’s great to hear from you.

 

You’ll also enjoy my article here on how to facilitate group dynamics and creative tension:

https://bigbangpartnership.co.uk/do-people-behave-differently-when-they-are-in-groups-insights-into-group-dynamics-for-facilitators/

 

For free facilitation and team building resources, go to https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources/ and fill your boots with lots of great stuff!

 

To find out more about my virtual facilitation, have a look at https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/virtual-facilitation/

 

I’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Please do let me know what you think in the comments.

August 6, 2021

Strengths-focused Innovation, with Andy Jenkins

Join me and my special guest, Andy Jenkins of MyLeadership Strengths, for this episode on strengths-focused innovation.

Leading innovation in organisations brings great responsibility as well as opportunity.

 In Andy’s decades of work developing leaders, he’s seen a common response to that responsibility: leaders strive to be good at everything. Research, and his experience, show that the ‘perfect’ leader does not exist. In fact, evidence shows great leaders:

  • Have a strong understanding of their own unique strengths and capitalise on them
  • Address their most important individual weaknesses
  • Understand and tap into the strengths of others

In my conversation with Andy, we explore:

  • How strengths-based leadership is an essential ingredient for high-performing innovation teams, and successful innovation outcomes
  • How you can identify your own innovation leadership strengths, and how to put them into action to get the best results
  • Ways in which you can spot and leverage the strengths of the people around you to harness the collective capability of your full team
  • Tips and techniques for strengths-focused facilitation

To get in touch with Andy:

hello@myleadershipstrengths.com

Links to Andy’s information and resources: 

https://myleadershipstrengths.com/resources/

About Andy:

Andy is Co-Founder of My Leadership Strengths, who enable busy managers to prioritise their own development and make learning happen at work. Combining business design with organisational psychology expertise, Andy has built leadership capability in SME’s, not for profit, public and private sectors in the UK and Australia. He is at his best working with individuals and organisations setting up for growth, navigating unfamiliar organisational challenges, and public sector transformation. Andy is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a qualified strengths practitioner and coach. People who have worked with Andy describe him as curious, insightful, practical, intelligent, fun and open

For free innovation leadership resources, go to https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources/ and fill your boots with lots of great stuff!

 To find out more about my virtual facilitation, have a look at https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/virtual-facilitation/

July 30, 2021

Guide to Psychological Safety and Teamwork for Innovators, Facilitators and Change Makers.

Psychological safety is the key ingredient of high performing teams. It is defined as "a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes” (Professor Amy Edmondson, Harvard Business School).

 

This episode is a great guide to psychological safety for innovators, facilitators and change makers. I share:

  • A definition of and deep-dive into psychological safety, plus why it is important for team working, specifically including innovation, business growth, design sprints and learning environments.
  • Spotting the signs of psychological danger and psychological safety in teams.
  • How to nurture a climate of psychological safety in remote, hybrid and co-located teams and in virtual and in-person workshops and innovation sprints.

For free facilitation and team building resources, go to https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources/ and fill your boots with lots of great stuff!

 

To find out more about my virtual facilitation, have a look at https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/virtual-facilitation/

 

To explore more content on how to get ideas flowing in online meetings, you might enjoy this article, too https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/how-to-get-ideas-flowing-in-online-meetings/

 

I’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Please do let me know what you think in the comments.

 

July 23, 2021

Facilitating a Business Strategy Workshop

In this episode, I share all the essential information you need to know to do a brilliant job of facilitating a business strategy workshop, either for the company you work for or for your clients.

The tools, tips and techniques I share can be flexed for virtual / online, in-person and hybrid or blended meetings.

I’ll help you to think through:

  • The purpose and objectives of the session
  • Planning, preparation and delegate pre-work
  • On-the-day facilitation

I’ll go through a suggested strategy workshop agenda, and detail each of the activities I recommend that you consider for your delegates.

For free facilitation and team building resources, go to https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources/ and fill your boots with lots of great stuff!

To find out more about my virtual facilitation, have a look at https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/virtual-facilitation/

To explore more content on how to get ideas flowing in online meetings, you might enjoy this article, too https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/how-to-get-ideas-flowing-in-online-meetings/

I’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Please do let me know what you think in the comments.