Can your CSR team say 'MyIdeaMatters'?

g3717Preseli are working with colleges and social enterprises to create a real opportunity for your team to make a difference in your community.

The MyIdeaMatters Community Challenge provides outstanding training for your CSR team and an opportunity to impact a pressing local issue through engaging local young people’s energy and creativity – and develop their employability at the same time.

We want to hear from you if you are ready to take your corporate responsibility to a more meaningful level, and are receptive to new, inspiring ideas to do so.

You can find out more at myideamatters.com/challenge or speak with a member of the team@preseli.eu

 

Frontal Lobes and Opposable Thumbs

Andrew Tilling gives a quick fire ‘Pecha Kucha’ (20 slides x 20 seconds) presentation on what separates us from our closest relatives, and how we can use those insights to get the best out of ourselves and others.
Andrew’s messages on understanding stakeholders comes from the Preseli methodology, The STORM Process

How to identify a target market

Two sentences I hear more than any other when working with innovators.

“There are no competitors for my idea”

and

“It’s suitable for everybody”

This is the point the klaxon sounds in my workshops, the lights flash red and I bring all discussions to a halt. Watch this 3 min video to find out how to solve this issue.

 

 

 

Everything is possible

Solutions abound. Opportunities are a dime a dozen, you can usually find several down the back of the sofa. Dreams and ideas dance around us like shining butterflies, or shoals of fish.

And then we say to ourselves, sometimes before we’ve even really noticed the idea, “It’s not possible.” Everything stops, creativity grinds to a halt, normal life is resumed.

If we don’t believe that anything is possible, then we can’t look at things in any other way than as problems, obstacles in our way or mountains to be climbed. At best we see them as a nice fantasy to while the time away, or as the idea that we will definitely implement tomorrow just before we slide into sleep.

However, when we know that anything is possible our outlook changes. Our creativity increases, our interest and enthusiasm rise. We begin to see that change can happen, that we can do the things we want. It doesn’t matter what that is: start a new business, move to a new country, grow tomatoes. When we know that anything is possible, suddenly everything becomes possible.

Possible is not the same as probable or even reasonable. Possible is knowing that it could happen. It allows our minds to take flight.
Possible allows us to dream, plan, solve, invent without being bothered by how likely something is to happen.

We will have to ground all this in reality sooner or later, but without cultivating the attitude that anything is possible, we will be stuck trying to improve what we have. And that is no way to solve a problem, change a situation or invent a new way to do things. If it was, we wouldn’t be stuck.

Try it out. The next time someone offers a solution that your initial response to is, “That won’t work. ” Ask yourself what would happen if it did.

Follow Russell on Twitter @RussellTongue

How to engage your audience in a pitch or presentation

 

 

 

 

Five minutes of valuable insight from our Wow Factory Training workshop. Discover how understanding values can have powerful effect on the outcome of your presentation or pitch.

This training is part of a workshop day we deliver to prepare new innovators to pitch to investors and determined teams to pitch to their boss.

Learn more about the Wow Factory Training in your organisation

Problem Solving in Ten Minutes

Need to solve some problems quick? This will help you get in the frame of mind most useful for problem solving.
We’ve been getting great feedback from our Beta test of our online e-learning platform, Eli – or E-Learning Interactive

Alan Whitlock
it defined what I have been doing very well and it has helped me understand some issues I had with my company

Check out the 10 minute video collection below, for a few snippits of what’s coming up from our course.

Standing out from the competition

I received this tweet over the weekend:

@QRDSbiz: @andrewtilling Was great listening to you, Is there any tips you could provide so we can be unique to the competition?

@QRDSbiz are about to give a pitch to IBM. On the basis of five minutes a decision will be made as to whether this team will be working with an iconic organisation to get their ideas off the ground. What makes this opportunity all the more special is that these guys are not working from the Silicon Roundabout in London, this is a student team from Solihull college.
Solihull college’s entrepreneurship team are an impressive bunch. Sandy Chander, our FE specialist, and I went up to deliver a pitching and presentations workshop we call ‘The WOW Factory’ as part of our @StepUp4Skills program for further education. What impressed me is just how entrepreneurial the staff were to get these kind of opportunities available to their students. With budgets ‘reshaping’ and priorities shifting, it’s a challenge to get limited resources lined up in such a way as to inspire and engage the college, the external partners, the students, the guest trainers (yours truly) and any long suffering family members as you work late – again. Yet here we all were, creating an extraordinary opportunity for some young people to step up and turn an idea into reality.
So how do you not blow it? How can you be “unique to the competition?”
The answer is frustratingly simple. Be yourselves.
The competition can never be you as well as you can. Your passion and drive is unique to you. Your team’s shared vision is moving forward because of your team’s greatest asset: what happens when you all work together well. It’s why you are working together in the first place. It’s why you turned up. This makes you stand out. That ‘Why’ is precious, and like any asset, needs to be harnessed to maximise your return. Sure, your Y might not work with their X, and you might not get the chance to make something fantastic together. But at least you know that things were not compatible now, before failure becomes expensive later down the line. Gain feedback. Go tweak. Find other people with the ‘x’ you need. But it’s the why that gives your idea the wow factor. That’s why we call the workshop the Wow Factor’Y’.

Hard skills or soft skills?

How do you go about getting the right skills in the right team?

The solution can be to ask people to choose which project they want to work on.
Look for ways to get people enthusiastic about their job, find out what really interests them, find out what they really want to do and give them as much of that to do as you possibly can.

Their hard, or technical, skills are important obviously, it’s no good hiring a salesperson who can’t close, or a developer who can’t code.
But if you hire someone or (even worse) partner with someone who can’t or won’t work as a team member, the payoff in terms of their skills had better be huge, because they will definitely drag the project in unexpected directions.

What people can do is often not nearly as important as we think it is. How they do what they do is what really adds value to a team.

@russelltongue
@preseliinfo

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Another Year Over...

“So this is Christmas, and what have you done?”

Well, a fair bit actually! Click on the boxes below to see what we have been up to to help make the difference.

 

Community Projects with Preseli

 

Preseli were delighted to end the year working on developing an innovative project to help tackle crime in the community with London School of Capoeira, based in Finsbury Park. This respected school provides training in the celebrated Brazilian dance/martial art from two masters of capoeira: Mestres Silvia and Marcos from Santos in Brazil. We are looking to partner with the school to provide coaching and mentoring support to young people in the community alongside their capoeira training.

FidgitBox at The London School of Capoeira