I’m an author, podcaster and International keynote speaker (and a little bit different) as you might have gathered. I don’t want to boast, but I like to subscribe to the ‘mighty fine online’ theory as well.
If you’re an event planner, you may be here because you want a speaker for your event or program who understands how important a well-run event is, isn’t a pain in the arse, connects with your audience and is fun to work with.
I’ve been on your side. I know that hiring the right person for your event is mission-critical.
You just want your event to run smoothly, your people to be engaged, get the result you’re looking for, and if everyone raves about it for a long time afterwards? That’s the gold standard but you’ll take that too! (Who wouldn’t?)
If you’re a leader, you may want to talk to someone who knows how to inspire your people to reimagine what’s possible. To grow their ideas & innovation capacity, even if they think they’ve heard it all before. In this business climate, that’s more important than ever. You may be wondering how to even get started with a culture of innovation in your organisation that isn’t lost in more change rollout jargon or just lost in ‘business as usual’.
You may be thinking about how your team can continue to thrive and hit your sales targets in the 21st Century as disruption shapes our landscape in new ways every day. (And hasn’t disruption taken off in a way that we never expected recently?)
You may have a project where you need a fresh set of eyes and someone who can help your team to shift their thinking and embrace their creativity and curiosity.
Well, good news! I think you’ve landed in the right place!
I come from two very different backgrounds: creative and corporate. I really like to have fun as well. Whilst I didn’t realise it at first, my left-of-centre mix has been a great blessing.
I know a LOT about ‘doing’ creativity and about how to get it working in a corporate setting, without scaring anyone off. It’s the foot planted firmly in both the creative and corporate worlds that sets me apart.
I love the human potential of creativity and curiosity so much, I’ve even written a book about it – and started a podcast.
Why? First let me tell you about the book…
We all come to a stage in our lives when we know that we need to do something different.
We need to break the mould.
Break out of the routine.
Maybe do something slightly rebellious or outrageous.
Some may call it a mid-life crisis. Spoiler: I got to that point too
I couldn’t afford a Ferrari and I’m far more attracted to a Moped over a Harley Davidson, so I chose to write a book instead.
Logical? Nope. Satisfying? Well, maybe.
Whilst I wondered about the Harley Davidson vs Moped and riding into the hills, I’m glad I stuck with the writing.
Check out A Thousand Little Lightbulbs: How to kickstart a culture of Innovation in your Organisation here.
Now it’s out and at large in the world, I’ve got a lot to share.
I also create a podcast, The Occupational Philosophers, is not-so-serious business podcast to spark imagination, creativity and curiosity and is downloaded across the globe. Me and John Rice chat every fortnight on staying curious, creative, asking those really great questions and leading a most interesting life in the process.
My big why? To use my artist’s ingenuity combined with my 20-year corporate career to build a more creative world and enable people and business to reimagine what’s possible.
The problem is, 95% of people I work with think they don’t have any creativity at all. NONE.
That’s why I love bringing fresh thinking out of a crowd; enabling a roomful of people to realise that they ARE innovative thinkers, even if their jobs and lives have told them otherwise so far.
There is just so, so much hidden potential in everyone that people ignore.
That potential shouldn’t be – and in today’s world just can’t be – wasted.
Once a team can develop creative confidence, try new things and back their ideas, then watch out, as this is when positive change happens at speed.
I know that building a team of fresh thinkers and constantly improving and adapting may be the end game, but it’s tough when you have immediate benchmarks and KPI’s to meet, and a team has heard all this innovation mumbo jumbo before.
It’s also hard when you’re up against a culture that might not be so supportive.
Using a very active and hands-on approach, I help teams rediscover their long-squashed creativity, design, and problem-solving skills so that they can develop market-leading products, services and ways of working that delight their clients and can make a real difference.
Absolutely, each organisation is different, but I have never met a team that doesn’t want to develop the very human skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century.
I believe that innovation is EVERYONE’S job – everyone, every day, everywhere.
We all have a role to play in making the world a better place.
If you’d like to talk to me to figure out how your next project, workshop or event can have your people raving and really shift the conversation around what’s possible in your organisation, give me a call or contact me today.