January 2018 - Burns Night & Is there Life Beyond Jira? with Scaling Agile and Devops Scotland
For Burns Night, we were lucky enough to have Scaling Agile' host their January Meetup in the Bright Purple Academy. In addition to exploring Life beyound Jira, they took a short, bur hard, look at the Radical Robert Burns and how his mindset is not that different to key aspects of the Agile Mindset, highlighting agile values related to events in Burns life and the poems that he wrote.
To really get into the spirit of the theme, we enjoyed haggis and whisky before the session started - with some top up of drinks in between. We want to say a big thank you to Scaling Agile' for chosing to use the Academy for this event.
January 2018 - Big Fish, Little Fish; Rethinking the Innovation Box with Derek Bishop
Kicking off 2018 with a bang, we had the pleasure welcoming Derek Bishop, co-founder of Culture Consultancy and co-author of the Amazon best seller 'Building a Culture of Innovation - A Practical Framework for Placing Innovation at the Core of Your Business’. Travelling up from London, Derek shared his thought-leadership around building a culture of innovation and how to "Survive and Thrive" in the VUCA world we now operate in. With a mixed audience of business leaders and employees from different organisations, one of the main takeaways was around the importance of leadership coming from the top as well as from employees taking ownership and leading innovation and culture change themselves. The idea, and way of, how combining big data with gathering real insight and understanding of ones customers will lead a culture of innovation was also a big discussion point during the one hour long (!) Q&A session that followed Derek's presentation.
Big thank you to Derek for accepting our invitation to speak at the Academy, and to all attendees who were incredibly engaging throughout the night, asking insightful questions and challenging each other. Bright Purple's clients are building innovative cultures and are looking for the best people to join them- having the support of Derek and Culture Consultancy helps us deliver and recruit the best possible candidates for this aim.
November 2017 - Performance Climate System® - A unique new opportunity for Business Performance
London based Performance First used the Bright Purple Academy to deliver an interactive all day session to share their unique performance management tool- Performance Climate System®- which helps you create and maintain high performing leaders, teams and organisations. We invited HR, business and management consultants and performance coaches to attend this session, to give them a chance to become accredited PCS practitioners for free! We really enjoyed hosting Performance First in Scotland. The feedback from the day has been incredibly positive and we are looking to run a second session in February 2018, so watch this space!
November 2017 - 'Deal Crash Analysis - Dragging the Black Box from the Wreckage of Your Lost Deal' with Daryn Mason
We were delighted to have Daryn Mason present an engaging session on the science of analysing the loss of business deals in front of a mixed audience with owners and decisions makers from businesses of different sizes. Daryn asked some hard hitting questions about what stops us from analysing a business deal gone wrong, even when the benefits- financial and relationship wise- are evident. After a long career in business-2-business sales and customer experience in both SMEs and large corporations, this was the first time Daryn did a presentation on the art of Deal Crash Analysis, and we are so thankful that he chose our Bright Purple Academy to share this with the public. Read Daryn's guest blog about his presentation at the Academy here.
October 2017 - 'Mental Health at Work - is your workforce fit for work?', with Headtorch
We would like to say a big thank you to Amy McDonald, CEO and founder of Headtorch, for running an interative session on Mental Health in the Workplace. Amy covered everything from why good mental health in the workplace makes good business sense, to the best and worst practice when it comes to culture. Throughout the session, the audience were put to work to discuss various scenarios and situations in groups. With a mix of HR practioners and other decision makers, from businesses of different sizes and sectors, a lot of worries, questions and questions were shared.
To find out what steps you can take to create a positive mental health culture, contact Headtorch.
October 2017 - 'An Evening with Jaco van Gass'
Five years after his first visit to the Bright Purple Academy, we were delighted to have Jaco return to share his story and to give us an update on the challenges he has taken on since we last saw him. We had a packed guest list with people from all walks of life, and we think it is safe to say that everyone took something away from Jaco's talk and the Q&A session. To see a short video from Jaco's talk, with testimonials from a few guests, click here.
We want to say a big thank you to our friends over at Future Sales Factory for helping us with this event. Make sure to check out their roster of public speakers if you are thinking of hosting your own event!
Inspiring Youth Seminar with Jaco van Gass
At an event co-hosted by the Future Sales Factory and Bright Purple, South African born war veteran Jaco van Gass spoke to a group of young people, as part of the ‘Inspiring Youth series’, about his experiences as a soldier and the charity feats that followed the life-changing injuries he sustained in the Afghanistan war.
A group of 30 young people from a range of organisations heard Jaco’s compelling story during an hour long presentation which included a question and answer session with the audience.
Breakfast Seminar on the Risks of Mobile Phone Hacking
The Bright Purple Academy welcomed internet security firm Sophos where it presented a fascinating session about on-line security. The seminar was presented by Dr James Lyne, a leading expert on all things security and encryption-related, who has even compiled a top 10 list of his favourite viruses of all time!
The presentation, to a packed house of over 50 security specialists from financial services organisations, focused on the expansion of virus and malware attacks with an overview of on-going risks. James’s humorous and passionate discussion highlighted some startling facts about just how many attacks occur all over the world and how mobile phones, in particular, are now at risk with smartphones being is one of the new battlegrounds in the fight against hackers.
Career Focus Event – Polish Professionals Forum
The Bright Purple Academy hosted an event organised by the Polish Professionals Forum (PFF), focused on career development via building personal brands on LinkedIn and improved CV writing skills. Bright Purple’s Delivery Manager talked to the attendees about trends in the British job market and soft skills desired by UK employers. With over 40 attendees the session was very well received and the participants also said it provided a great opportunity for a successful networking session.
The PFF is a group of Polish professionals in the UK who have come together with the objective of inspiring and motivating its members through professional development. Members of the group are ambitious and entrepreneurial professionals who are keen to promote a positive image of the Polish community in the UK.
‘Coaching Beats Training’ breakfast seminar
The Bright Purple Academy hosted a breakfast seminar entitled ‘Coaching Beats Training’ with Joe Mullen, who has over 30 years of industry experience in financial institutions. He has been responsible for launching the first corporate electronic banking system in the UK, as well as the first Internet banking application. Joe, who holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Glasgow and an MA in Mathematics from the Open University, has been involved in a number of banking migrations in the UK.
His presentation covered the many techniques that individuals and organisations use to improve their people’s performance, all under-pinned by Joe’s belief that coaching should be an essential part of this process. It was an interactive and hands-on session with the audience taking part in some insightful activities.