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A business podcast for growing enterprises everywhere

    A Customer Success Story with SAP Business ByDesign

    A Customer Success Story with SAP Business ByDesign

    Hello! Our podcast this month celebrates one of our best customers - the successful British company Aspen Pumps. Aspen won the coveted Queen's Award three times in recognition of its ongoing and notable growth in overseas markets. And it was no accident, Aspen set out with big plans and needed the technology to support that growth.

    Step forward Jonathan Phillips who took the big decisions to select SAP Business ByDesign. He liked it so much he went on to implement it at least 7 times for Aspen companies all over the world.

    No wonder I wanted to talk to him about his journey (watch out for news of a new role!) He spoke to me amidst the usual family chaos we have all had to contend with over the past few months so please bear with the occasional  background noise!

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    • 17 min
    Giving Introverts the Edge

    Giving Introverts the Edge

    Do you have the gift of the gab? If not don't worry - you can still succeed in the cut throat world of sales, make useful connections and help people with your products.

    In this episode I've discovered that natural extroverts don't necessarily have the edge over their more reticent counterparts when it comes to business. Introverts make great sales people and networkers - they just have to think a bit harder about how to do it.

    That's the subject of our podcast - What gives Introverts the Edge with Matthew Pollard. He reminds us that story is at the heart of good sales and that fostering good relationships is something everyone has a shot at.  Do give it a listen and pick up some valuable tips!

    Get more from Matthew here www.introvertsedge.com

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    • 19 min
    Culture Shift - changing company culture for good with Kirsty Bashforth

    Culture Shift - changing company culture for good with Kirsty Bashforth

    Company Culture - what it is and how to change it.

    In a world dominated by data, today we're talking about things you can't put in a spreadsheet - namely company culture - what it is and how to shift it.

    For those who think it's a soft topic I have news. Company culture is now measured by investors, it's a key factor in attracting talent and it wins the best clients.

    Every company has one, but it's not always healthy. That's why I'm talking to Kirsty Bashforth who wrote her book Culture Shift - a step by step guide, for anyone looking to bring about healthy and lasting change. She is experienced in working with companies who want to change and her 24 years at BP didn't hurt, when she was tasked with organising cultural change in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

    There's a link to her book here

    Culture Shift - a practical guide to managing organisational culture

    Now - without further ado here's Kirsty and 25 minutes of conversation anyone running a company can not afford to ignore.

    If you enjoyed this episode you might like to listen to Andrew Sherman talking about the Crisis in Employee Engagement.

    • 24 min
    She’s Back: Tapping into the Talent of Women Returners

    She’s Back: Tapping into the Talent of Women Returners

    Here's some good news for recruiters - there's a huge pool of talent out there, qualified, experienced and ready to take a bite out of the jobs market. Who you say?

    This months the podcast is all about women returners - super qualified women who are seeking to return to work after a career break and ready to make their second act even more powerful than their first.

    Their champion is Lisa Unwin, a big 4 management consultant who found herself stuck (briefly) after kids, now determined to tackle the issue.

    Lisa talks to me about this waste of talent as well as the tragedy brewing around home schooling and the power of becoming a Linkedin influencer.

    You can find Lisa on Linkedin or at the Reignite Academy

    Enjoy.

    P.S. If you admire talented women then you can catch up with our own women in tech founders here.

    • 19 min
    Is the Future of Business Sustainable?

    Is the Future of Business Sustainable?

    What does a sustainable business future look like?

    Anyone paying attention right now can't fail to see the way capital is flowing away from old school industries towards green alternatives - look at the money being invested in plant based "meat" for example.



    In this episode I am joined by futurist and passionate sustainability advocate Tom Raftery to discuss the future of business from a green perspective.



    Tom and I discuss the need for companies of all sizes to monitor and report on their carbon emissions and the way big tech companies like SAP are helping them do that. Plus we dig into the "everything as a service" economy to find out how it is serving the sustainable business future.



    And if you like cars, there's a lot of chat about what they are going to look like in the future. Did you know that your car company will pay your tolls and fines for you? Too good to be true? Listen in to find out!



    You can hear more from Tom  at tomraftery.com/podcasts



     

    • 26 min
    Business Recoded: How to Win in a Changing World

    Business Recoded: How to Win in a Changing World

    Recoding Business in 2021

    We're kicking off the new year with a great guest - which is just as well because new lockdown restrictions are very triresome! Nonetheless the rapid changes we've witnessed lately are all part of a piece - from health crisis and climate emergency to rapid technology change, the rise of small business and the creation of  totally new markets. These are all addressed by thought leader and bestselling author Peter Fisk in his new book Business Recoded.



    I've been following Peter for several years, ever since his last book, Gamechangers came out. He has a way of distilling the essence of business change while drawing on an encyclopedia of examples and his new book is just as brilliant.



    We talked about a lot of things, from his beginnings as an astro physicist, to the coming of age of digital technology. We deviated via Einstein's wife who did all his maths for him to the idea of small businesses as speed boats circling the supertankers of big business. It was a great ride and I hope you will listen all the way to the end!



    You can contact Peter at his consultancy The Genius Works. 



    He's a great business speaker as well as business author and thought leader. Follow him on social media!



    If you liked this episode of the podcast please subscribe or look at some of the past episodes like;



    From Disruption to Opportunity with Timo Elliott 



    Barriers to Adopting New Technology for SMBs with Laurie McCabe

    • 31 min

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