Every year without fail we send two of our colleagues away to the Silicon Beach Conference in Bournemouth. Silicon Beach is a relaxed conference that treats you to two days of inspirational talks with some of the best strategic thinkers, creative doers and digital innovators in the world and is truly inspiring.
This post will give you a quick taste on some of the talk topics and how you can be creative and make change in your business.
Creator of the Spark.me conference in Montenegro, gives insight into how you can empower creativity in your business.
To enable creativity and trust, businesses need to start changing the way they think when it comes to company structure.
The most damaging words you can say in the english language is “We have always done it this way”. The standard structure for for a business is 1 manager per 4 employees, this allows you to micromanage each person without being overwhelmed.
Vladimir gives examples of how larger businesses like Google empower and spark creativity in the workplace by challenging this status quo. Google has 1 manager per 60 employees – This is so the manager does not micromanage and allows employees to feel empowered by what they are doing, keeping everyone on a level playing field.
“Trust your employees, allow them to be creative and don’t treat them like mushrooms – in the dark covered in S#*@”
- Vladimir Vulic
Executive mentor and business coach shared her secret to how do you make successful change at work.
Whether you are a CEO of a global company or a graduate, dealing with uncertain levels of change is challenging. Sally talks about the three C’s Clarity, Confidence and Commitment that can help you and your team overcome stressful times of change.
Be clear on what change you want to create and write down why. The key is to write it down using good old fashioned pen and paper, so that everybody can understand your vision.
It is important to understand the emotion behind the change, as this will have a massive impact on the success. Sally mentioned that there are three cores to think of when it comes to the emotional side: Head growth, heart growth and money growth.
Alongside your action plans it helps to mark your commitment out of 10 in terms of how committed you really are in undertaking the task at hand. Anything less than 7 and your process needs to be defined. If it’s out of 10 then you might be delusional.
“Whenever you are making change in your business, remember to get everyone on board with your journey.”
- Vladimir Vulic
Public speaker and founder of Narratively shares how to find your values.
Most people stumble when asked what their personal values are. David shares how people listen to more about what you do than what you say and how you can start to be true to yourself by being B.R.A.V.E.
- Be bold: Say what you see and don’t be afraid to speaker out.
- Be resilient: It’s not all going to be cool, you will always get the good and the bad.
- Be authentic: Be who you are and don’t try to fake it, as people will know.
- Be a visionary: Create a legacy and don’t avoid but handle conflict.
- Be empowered: Remind people that they are being valued.
Evening cocktails and good byes!
Conference’s like Silicon Beach are a great way to get your team motivated or to just have some creative therapy. We certainly learnt a lot, met some fantastic people and will definitely be there again next year. If you enjoyed this post, please share and come and join us next year at Silicon Beach 2018.