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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.

Idea Time with Dr. Jo North ideatime

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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.

    What is eco innovation?

    What is eco innovation?

    "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
    - Einstein
     

    It’s brilliant that so many businesses want to be part of the solution when it comes to combating climate change and protecting natural resources through improving day-to-day processes.

     

    And, as Einstein observed, new challenges call for new solutions.

     

    In addition to Government decarbonisation target dates looming ever closer, consumers and communities are demanding more transparency and products that are environmentally and socially responsible.

     

    Eco innovation is aimed at driving progress towards sustainable business models and green economic growth, through new technologies, services, products or processes.

     

    Eco innovation involves:

    Thinking about the full life cycles of products and services, to gain maximum use from materials and retain their value in the economy
    Making strategic changes to build sustainability into the DNA of every business process
    Collaborating with customers, suppliers and partners to drive sustainability across the full supply chain

     

    In this show, I’ll be giving an overview of what eco innovation is and sharing some examples of eco innovation in business.

     

    #ecoinnovation #sustainableinnovation #sustainablility #innovation #entrepreneurship

    • 18 min
    Influencing Skills for Innovation

    Influencing Skills for Innovation

    In this show, I’ll provide a process and toolkit to support your influencing strategies for your innovation ambitions.

    • 25 min
    Deep Dive into Intrapreneurship

    Deep Dive into Intrapreneurship

    I’ve always been fascinated by what makes some people innovative and enterprising – or intrapreneurial – at work, and why some people prefer to be more risk averse and focus on managing the day-to-day, rather than actively seeking to shape the future.


     


    Businesses need both, of course, to be successful.


     


    It was this sheer passion and joy for all things intrapreneurship, entrepreneurship and innovation-related that led me to study for 6 years part-time to achieve my doctorate in my late forties (whilst working full time too).


     


    In this show, I’m going to do a deep dive into intrapreneurship, including:


    What is intrapreneurship, how is it different or similar to entrepreneurship?

    Why and how all businesses benefit from intrapreneurship

    Characteristics of successful intrapreneurs – based on research, including my own

    How to develop intrapreneurial skills in yourself and others

    Intrapreneurial culture


    …and much more!


     


    Whilst always grounded in evidence and research, the insights I share will be packed with practical things that you can do to improve intrapreneurship where you work.


     


    #iintrapreneur #intrapreneurship #corporateentrepreneurship #innovation #businessgrowth

    • 25 min
    How to Facilitate a Goal Setting Workshop

    How to Facilitate a Goal Setting Workshop

    "Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction." — Kenichi Ohmae


    Setting meaningful, stretching but realistic goals is one of the keys to success in business innovation and growth.


    When individuals and teams collaborate to set goals, they create an environment where team members work towards a shared vision, collaborate and perform better overall.


    In this show, I discuss some of the science and evidence that inform effective goal setting for teams.


    I also share a proven goal setting workshop agenda and toolkit of activities that you can use to facilitate your own goal setting workshops.


    #goalsetting #facilitation #virtualfacilitation #innovation #businessgrowth

    • 22 min
    2022 Trends – a Round Up for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

    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

    • 22 min
    How to Power Up Your Innovation Mindset

    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.

    • 18 min

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