Resilience and Authentic Leadership for Entrepreneurs: a Creative Fuse North East pilot

December 20, 2017

[cross-posted from the dedicated blog – please follow us on Medium] Welcome! This post introduces our pilot we’re calling “Resilience and Authentic Leadership for Entrepreneurs”. In essence, it’s about helping entrepreneurs and innovators learn how to get back up, before they get knocked down (emotionally). IMHO entrepreneurship is a risky and vulnerable endeavour. We’ve been […]

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Are you a creative business in Northumberland looking to expand?

November 24, 2017

The Rural Cultural Business Innovation Programme, part of Creative Fuse North East, is an exciting opportunity for cultural, creative and craft businesses, sole traders and social enterprises in Northumberland to learn and apply effective and modern approaches to product and service development as well as project management. This hands-on programme takes leading techniques from fast-growing […]

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Join us 17/11 for Lean Startup Week 2017 (non) Livestream

October 27, 2017

[cross-post from Lean North East website] Drop in at Campus North on 17th November from 1pm – 6pm As you know, The Lean Startup framework is an established method for max’ing startup success, and – now – for sorting breakthrough innovation in established organisations / corporates. The Blurb Lean Startup Week brings the big ideas […]

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Digital Futures – one year in

September 11, 2017

Introduction I deliver workshops and coaching / mentoring as part of Generator’s Digital Futures programme. It was launched last summer with this description: “Music development agency Generator is hoping to drive growth in the North East’s creative and digital sector with the announcement of a new funding programme. Awarded £1.7m from European Regional Development Fund […]

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Join me at ProductTank Newcastle – Thursday, August 17

August 11, 2017

Intro I’m pleased to be speaking next Thursday in Newcastle at ProductTank. Below I’m reproducing the listing from Meetup. I’ll be channelling the work of Roman Pichler – hire him or buy his book! Agenda: Drinks and networking will start at 18:30, with the speakers starting promptly at 19:00. 18:30 – Doors Open, food and […]

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CEO Sleepout 2017 – thank you, and reflections

March 16, 2017

Intro Last Thursday night I slept out in the open at St James Park football ground – home of Newcastle United – as part of the CEO Sleepout initiative to tackle homelessness. According to this article “More than 250,000 are homeless in England – Shelter” on the BBC website: For the very first time, Shelter […]

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How Corporates can use the Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas [cross-post]

February 16, 2017

Introduction Colin Nelson is Director of Enterprise Innovation at HYPE Innovation: “a global leader in enterprise social software for idea and innovation management, with over 15 years of project experience and best-practice expertise, and clients around the globe.” Colin and I had previously worked together at Fujitsu, and he – together with HYPE CMO Tim Woods […]

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Boost your business through funded help from me

February 1, 2017

Intro I thought it would be helpful to set out how Founders can benefit from ERDF (and other) funding to avail themselves of my time. Use these funding pots to get clearer about your ideas, your markets, your early adopters, the potential traction, and to minimise your market risk: NE BIC SME Innovation North East […]

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Sponsor me and help homelessness people take control of their lives

January 30, 2017

Intro Back in 2009 my Donors and I raised nearly £1000 to tackle children’s homelessness [see photo from rehearsal!]. I want to repeat this through CEO Sleepout in 2017. Click on this button to follow me by donating now (thank you) or read on for more details. Keywords for me are Compassion; Leadership; Changing Perceptions; […]

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Book now for free Lean Startup masterclasses – this Feb

January 24, 2017

Intro Your second opportunity to learn about Lean Startup and apply it to your own idea(s) and business. Read on, or apply now here. What’s this all about The following event is run over two days, Feb 8th and 15th. Attendance at both is mandatory. Sessions run from 9-5 each day. Following the success of […]

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