Engineers are constantly looking forwards; what problems are arising, and what solutions can be provided? Preparing and adapting for the future is key across all sectors and enables success for companies, universities and entrepreneurs. But as the afternoons darken and the Christmas tunes get louder, it can be equally useful to look back and examine the year’s success stories for inspiration. It was another innovative … Continue reading FEATURE: PEE POWER TO SMART PROSTHETICS – OUR TOP 5 UK INNOVATIONS OF THE YEAR
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=144&v=qh3yU1wLZ2Y An entrepreneur is in control of their own destiny. They can change the world around them and – sometimes – build a personal fortune along the way. Exhilarating, right? What the glossy magazines and glamorous business magnates don’t always say though is that the entrepreneurial lifestyle doesn’t come without sacrifices. Success comes at a price and future Mark Zuckerbergs and … Continue reading WORK VS LIFE – IS IT POSSIBLE TO STRIKE A BALANCE?
Last week, I was asked to host a lunch at the University of Southampton, where I shared my experiences on creating innovative engineering companies with staff and students from the Univeristy of Southampton. Read the full blog below, ‘A Mentor’s guide to starting, growing and selling successful businesses’ by Jon Nurse, which can also be found on the Future Worlds website. Juggling the demands of starting, growing and … Continue reading STARTING, GROWING AND SELLING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS – WHAT THE TEXT BOOKS DON’T YOU
On Wednesday Evening I had the pleasure of giving the closing speech at the 16th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Head Quarters in Birdcage Walk, Westminster. The event is where new members, of all grades, to the Institution receive their certificates from the President Professor Richard Folkson. The event was well attended with nearly 200 people, so in my closing speech I … Continue reading WHY IT IS IMPORTANT AND RELEVANT FOR AN ENGINEER TO BECOME A MEMBER OF A PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTION
I recently shared my experiences of having a business parter with Future Worlds, an initiative set up to connect the world with start-ups and spin-outs from the University of Southampton. Click here to find out more about Future Worlds! Some relationships are enduring – others aren’t. Roger and I have enjoyed what is most probably the most enduring and successful business partnership of any I have personally come across. I … Continue reading FUTURE WORLDS – ROSES ARE RED, DON’T LET YOUR BUSINESS TURN BLUE…
Last night, I was lucky enough to be asked to speak at the first Royal Academy of Engineering Innovators Network, answering questions about intrapreneurship and innovation alongside Elspeth Finch and Andy Harter. Below are a few of my thoughts on intrapreneurship and corporate venturing that may interest you. What exactly is intrapreneurship? Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur whilst working within a … Continue reading Q&A WITH GEOFF BAKER ON INTRAPRENEURSHIP
Last month, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to speak at a business awareness session at the Petrofac Academy Graduate Development Programme. Below is an article about the programme reposted from www.energyglobal.com. As part of the Petrofac Academy Graduate Development Programme, graduates are regularly invited to business awareness sessions that develop their skill sets and teach them about the Company’s services and operations. One … Continue reading PETROFAC ACADEMY GRADUATES BENEFIT FROM BUSINESS AWARENESS SESSIONS
In large companies, creating, or even maintaining the entrepreneurial culture that established the company in the first place is becoming increasingly hard to do. Large companies are built around structure and process and this is not the best environment to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. Large companies are good at identifying and managing risk, something they have legal and moral responsibility to do. However, can developing … Continue reading 10 WAYS TO CREATE AND ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURIAL BEHAVIOUR IN LARGE COMPANIES
See original post first – https://engineeringinsociety.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/trust-me-im-an-engineer-should-doctors-look-to-engineers-to-help-us-live-longer/ UPDATE A month or so back, I posted an article, Trust Me I’m an Engineer – Should doctors look to engineers to help us live longer? Since writing this article, it has stimulated much debate not only within the engineering community but also within the medical profession. Interest from the blog led to me to being invited to the Royal Society … Continue reading AN UPDATE TO THE BLOG TRUST ME I’M AN ENGINEER – SHOULD DOCTORS LOOK TO ENGINEERS TO HELP US LIVE LONGER?
In large companies, creating, or even maintaining the entrepreneurial culture that established the company in the first place is becoming increasingly hard to do. Large companies are built around structure and process and this is not the best environment to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. Large companies are good at identifying and managing risk, something they have legal and moral responsibility to do. However, can developing … Continue reading CAN ENTREPRENEURIAL BEHAVIOURS THRIVE IN A LARGE CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT?