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There are SO many things that you could be doing to grow your business, but only 24 hours in a day. So how do you decide which ideas will make the most difference to your bottom line? And how do you get results – fast? Tune in to Idea Time for tools, tips and interviews to find out how

April 2, 2021

5 Brilliant Energizers for Online Meetings

In this episode, I share 5 of my favourite quick, creative, fun and effective energizers for your online meetings and remote workshops. They are awesome to have in your virtual facilitation toolkit!

And if you’d like even more where these came from, you’ll find 26 brilliant energizers for your online meetings here in my blog:

https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/26-online-energizers-for-virtual-teams-and-remote-meetings/

In the show, I explain how and why energizers work so well and are so important for your virtual meetings and remote team working.

I then share how to facilitate these energizers with your delegates:

  • An active online quiz, poll or voting activity
  • A virtual treasure hunt
  • Desk pilates, desk yoga - and box breathing, as a bonus!
  • The giant paper loop challenge
  • The ‘what if…?’ random numbers and questions game

You might like to access the free resources here on my website:  https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources/

If you’d like to get in touch to book me for a live virtual session in your business, just comment below or contact me https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk using the contact us section.

March 26, 2021

Leadership: From Zero to Authentic Hero with special guest Nick Bradley

Join me and my special guest, Nick Bradley, founder of Mandala Leaders, for this week’s podcast on leading innovation and change. Don't forget to get a free copy of Nick’s book,  Zero to Authentic Hero.

Zero to Authentic Hero is designed to help you be the best version of your authentic leadership self and achieve much more success with much less stress.

Nick is a successful businessman having worked in investment banking and management consultancy for 30 years. He has a passion for inspiring individuals and businesses to achieve their purpose. He has travelled to support companies throughout Europe and the US and his skills have been geared to both leading and supporting individuals and teams through times of crisis and then to travel that hard path to create growth and success both personally and professionally.

Nick is qualified in Leadership from The Cranfield University School of Management. He is a qualified Business and Leadership Coach with the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and a member of the Association of Business and Leadership Coaches (ABLC). In addition, Nick is qualified in Sports Psychology in Business. 

In the show, we discuss the 7 key steps of the leadership of innovation, change and challenge:

  • Step 1: Understanding your beliefs
  • Step 2: Having a clear purpose
  • Step 3: Living your core values
  • Step 4: Improving your skillset
  • Step 5: Communicating with clarity
  • Step 6: Living your legacy
  • Step 7: Building in resilience

If you’d like to access more free resources on innovation and business growth, head over to https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources/. There’s loads of great stuff waiting for you!

March 19, 2021

Find Your Unfair Advantage

An unfair disadvantage is behind every single business or career success story.

In this episode, I’ll show you why it’s important to identify your own Unfair Advantages and how to apply them to your business or career.

You’ll need more than hard work and determination, and I’ll explore the importance of money, intelligence, insight, location, education, expertise, status and luck in your success journey.

I’ll show you how you can apply your Unfair Advantages and how to create, demonstrate and communicate them in a way that’s relevant and appropriate.

Together we will think about 12 different types of Unfair Advantage:

  • Your ideas
  • How you do business
  • What you know
  • Your network and connections
  • Brand equity, recall and reputation
  • The right “expert” endorsements 
  • Your brilliant team
  • Personal authority and “thought-leadership”
  • Community 
  • Existing customers 
  • First mover advantage
  • Intellectual property

I’ll give you some questions and thought-provokers, so that you can think along with me, and develop your own Unfair Advantages statement.

You might like to access the free resources here on my website:  https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources/

If you’d like to get in touch to book me for a live virtual session in your business, just comment below or contact me https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk using the contact us section.

March 12, 2021

How to do Competitor Analysis

The purpose of this episode is to create space and insight for you to think about some useful, pragmatic competitor analysis for your business, to support innovation and growth.

 

Competitor analysis evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of competitors’ current strategies to help identify opportunities and threats for your business to enhance your own strategy.

 

When seen through a customer-focused lens, competitor analysis is not about head-to-head comparisons.  Instead, it’s about assessing how much better or worse a product or service is at helping the customer get a job done.

 

Together in the show, we’ll explore the context of the changing world and why competitor analysis is important for you and your business, including these key global trends for 2021 and beyond:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Collective empowerment
  • Back to basics
  • Community focus
  • Virtual living
  • Sustainable spaces
  • Digital challenges

 

I’ll share how you can access the benefits of competitor analysis:

  • Nail down or create your value proposition
  • Better understand current market trends
  • Better target your current customer base
  • Uncover untapped markets that your competitors aren’t selling to
  • Gather benchmark data to measure your growth against
  • Find errors and gaps in your competitors’ strategies

 

You’re looking for learning to create opportunity.

It’s not about copying - it’s about outperforming, finding gaps and opportunities – innovation.

 

Be savvy.

 

Avoid "comparisonitis”.

 

Tune in to learn more, and access my 7-step process for effective competitor analysis:

  1. Who are your competitors?
  2. How do your products & services compare?
  3. What additional intelligence on them do you need and why?
  4. Get the intelligence
  5. Combine the intelligence with customer needs and trends
  6. Identify gaps and opportunities for innovation and competitive advantage
  7. Create and communicate competitive differentiation

You might like to access the free resources here on my website:  https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources/

 

If you’d like to get in touch to book me for a live virtual session in your business, just comment below or contact me https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk using the contact us section.

March 5, 2021

How to Create Your Value Proposition

If your customers don’t care enough about your innovation, or if they simply don’t understand it, they won’t buy.

How to Create Your Value Proposition focuses on how to make sure that your business ideas for new products or services, and product or service improvements, meet and exceed your target customers’ expectations.

It’s the focus of one of the inhouse online live programmes that I run for my clients. The approach and insights have made a significant difference to my clients’ innovation and business growth results, so I wanted to share some of the key principles from the content with you on my show.

This episode takes a realistic, pragmatic view of how you can innovate in a way that creates “value proposition fit” – which means that it will be of direct relevance to your target customers.

It’s also important that you can communicate your value proposition simply, concisely and clearly.

In this show, I cover:

  • Definition of a value proposition for your innovation, and why it matters
  • Why it’s important to have a clear view of your target customers – needs, wants, motivations, aspirations, how they might use you’re your innovation and why – from the very beginning of your innovation process
  • Ways in which your innovation will need to create value for your target customers
  • How to achieve “value proposition fit”
  • Why and how you’ll need to consider the whole customer experience and your monetization strategies in your innovation planning

If you enjoyed this episode, you might also like to access the free resources here on my website:  https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources/

If you’d like to get in touch to book me for a live virtual session in your business, just comment below or contact me https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk using the contact us section.

February 26, 2021

Leading Remote Collaboration

Leading Remote Collaboration focuses in creating an environment and culture for effective cross-functional team working.

It’s the focus of one of the inhouse online live programmes that I run for my clients. The participant feedback from the programme has been fantastic, so I wanted to share some of the key principles from the content with you on my show.

This episode takes a realistic, human view of how collaboration can feel and work in business and gives actionable insights that you can use straightaway with your team.

In this show, I cover:

  • The difference between co-operation and collaboration
  • Why collaboration matters – the multiplier effect on performance
  • The principles of successful collaboration, including the role of psychological safety, insights from Google’s Project Aristotle and the latest research on remote team working from 2020 and 2021
  • The importance of leadership role-modelling
  • How to build successful relationships in an online environment
  • Healthy challenge and collaboration – how to challenge and be challenged
  • What to do when collaboration gets tough, why it’s more important than ever to keep collaborating through it and how to do it

If you’re ready for a whole new way of thinking and doing, tune in -and please do share any comments or questions about innovation and remote collaboration here in the comments.

If you enjoyed this episode, you might also like to access the free resources here on my website:  https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources/

If you’d like to get in touch to book me for a live virtual session in your business, just comment below or contact me https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk using the contact us section.

February 19, 2021

What is business innovation? Why is it important for YOUR business RIGHT NOW!

Innovation has never been more important for you and your business.

It used to be that only fashion and technology companies had to reimagine themselves every year.

Now everything, from accountants, estate agents, food brands and travel companies are under constant pressure to stay ahead of the curve and keep and attract customers with new, better and smarter products, services and business models - before the competition gets there first.

Join me for this show to find out more about business innovation, market disruption the risks of standing still, and think about how you might use some of these proven, practical ways to help to innovate in your business.

I’ll take you through a simple step-by-step process that will help you to think differently about your products and services, why customers buy them, how they use them, and how to innovate.

We’ll explore:

  • Definitions of innovation
  • Innovation triggers
  • Creating value through innovation
  • Types and levels of innovation
  • The innovation process
  • Strategic fit
  • Lean innovation
  • Disruptive innovation
  • Strategic drift
  • The innovation iceberg
  • Risk and reward

If you’re ready for a whole new way of thinking and doing, tune in -and please do share any comments or questions about innovation here in the comments.

If you enjoyed this episode, you might also like to access the free resources here on my website:  https://www.bigbangpartnership.co.uk/resources/

 

January 21, 2021

Your Amazing Creative Mind with Kathryn Creed

Today I have a special guest on the show, Kathryn Creed. Kathryn is a clinical hypnotherapist who works with clients using the power of hypnosis to help them to connect with their unconscious minds, helping them to whatever outcome they would like to achieve. Her career in Education gave her the relevant experience, as for her, like therapy, teaching is all about helping a person to learn and grow by finding their inner strength, potential and capacity for change. Kathryn works with adults as well as children to remove the obstacles which hold them back from the life that they want. She believes that to be involved in that process is a tremendous privilege. 

You can learn more about Kathryn at her website  https://www.angitia.co.uk/

I would like to let you know, for the sake of full disclosure, that I work with Kathryn as her client and she has helped me tremendously using the power of hypnotherapy.

Kathryn will be talking about how hypnotherapy works, what it can do for you and explore it further.

By listening in you’ll learn more about how hypnotherapy can help with:

  • Changes in your personal life
  • Changes in your business life
  • Stress, Anxiety, past hurts
  • Performance with work
  • Ability to adapt to situations

You’ll also learn more about what hypnotherapy is and the science behind how it works.

Instagram: @ideatimestudio

Facebook: @ideatime1

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonorth/

November 23, 2020

Dare to be Different - with Dr. Jo North

Join me for this podcast episode which is all about daring to be different as virtual facilitators - what does that mean? how to do it?  - practical tips on how to be braver and stand out as a virtual facilitator for all the right reasons.

 

You might also enjoy my special blog and free resources on how to dare to be different which you can find here.

 

 

November 20, 2020

Virtual Facilitation in Action - Innovation Festival 2020

In this solo episode I share my experience of facilitating online at Northumbrian Water Innovation Festival 2020.

The sessions I led were on the value of water, and climate change with Kielder Forest and Water Park.

You can find out more about the Innovation Festival 2020 here.

For more free tips and advice on virtual facilitation, have a look at my blog here.