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2020 Boxset conversations

At the end of the July, PurpleBeach launched their very own Boxset, and since then we have been busy having interesting conversations with lots of interesting people

Ed Lu

A Conversation with Ed Lu

An Exploration of Failure and Leadership.

At our second Beach Club Roundtable session we were delighted to welcome Ed Lu – an astrophysicist and astronaut. Having spent 206 days in space over three missions for NASA he went on to work for large organisations such as…

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Finbarr Joy - Beyond Digital

A Conversation with Finbarr Joy

Beyond Digital​

The last few months have forced many of us to engage with technology at a level never experienced before- even though the means of doing so have been with us for a while. Meanwhile, spurred on by the purpose of community, many teams found…

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A Conversation with Jean Gomes

Stay Open When Everyone Is Closed

He asked, ‘why is it that some organisations are able to remain open to new possibilities and innovate through times of market disruption, when others double down on their existing value propositions in a frenzy of denial?’ In other words…

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A Conversation with Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus Du Sautoy is a Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and was appointed to the Simonyi Professorship for the Public Understanding of Science. Having recently released a book called The Creativity Code, Marcus joined us for a roundtable conversation to further discuss the themes of both his book and his PurpleBeach Boxset episode exploring the potential for creativity within AI.

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Brunch conversations

During our recent events, we have had some really interesting conversations around topics that are effecting us personally and professionally.  You can now watch the key points…

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The changing context of leadership and impact of the current crisis


The Future of Recruitment

With many employees losing their jobs or being furloughed due to the pandemic, there has been a major increase in the volume of job applications organisations are receiving. Technology such as increased automation in early stages has become prominent in helping to cope with this, as well as incorporating vital values.

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Leadership Communication

The conversations were so enjoyable that we widened the scope and touched on various other topics, making for a diverse and interesting brunch.

A couple of insights – With both COVID-19 and BlackLivesMatter arising at the same time, organisations are responding much quicker than in the past and often changing stance.

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Business As Usual Brunch Discussion

Business as usual?

Naleena lead an insightful discussion about the concept of ‘Business As Usual’ through the current health crisis, and the many factors that have had to change in the way we do business.

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Don’t Do Star Jumps

Star jumps:
• use a lot of energy
• produce endorphins and make you feel good which fools you into thinking you’re doing something productive
• make you really tired after not very long
• involve moving a lot but not moving anywhere
If you or your team are doing star jumps, you’re procrastinating. Stop!

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Don’t be an A**hole…or a Samaritan!

Over the past decade, whilst rapid exponential progress in technology has unleashed disruptive and inspiring new opportunities for how we work and what we do, the inevitable ambiguity and uncertainty has resulted in examples of both the best and the worst kinds of leadership…

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Embrace Compassion in Business

The gift of compassion is not only the ability to understand how your actions may impact others. It is the willingness to find better ways to ensure your actions also lift others up too. In 2020, try not to excuse your actions by hiding behind the results you need to achieve, rather make …

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Votes for Women Flapper

Be more inclusive – thoughts on Gender for the New Year

I was reflecting on the whole ‘gender debate’ in the light of Meghan Markle and all the screaming about racism and sexism and misogyny in the wake of her decision to leave the UK, and wondered how we got here?

I’ve been involved in promoting women in organisations for many years – fix the pipeline fix the problems, right?

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It’s Never Too Late to Reinvent Yourself..

For today’s final top tip we’ve chosen something a little different, a little more visual… from Linda Notelovitz at LifeDesign. Linda is a Filmmaker, a Visual Communicator, who tells stories for Advertising & Marketing, Branded Content & Entertainment.

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Flapper day 5

It’s Good to Listen..

The start of the year is a good time to check-in with your people – be they customers, clients or employees – to ensure that your story continues to be aligned with their experiences and expectations for the year ahead and beyond.

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Flapper writing a journal

Keep a Weekly Journal to Reflect on your Critical Thinking

In 2020 try to keep a weekly journal in which you reflect on your critical thinking. Your weekly journal entry should deal with four points:

1. describe an idea, maybe something you like or dislike;
2. reflect on your response, or why you reacted the way you did to the idea;
3. relate your new idea to another theory or idea you know; and
4. consider how this new idea relates to your personal learning process and journey.

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Brunch conversations

Scenario Planning

So far we have been trying to identify some trends and then develop the stories around those trends. We have also covered some tools to

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Delphi Technique

You’ll be pleased to know that this week’s blog is not about reading … for a change! When they needed advice on any major or

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Oller Oller People

Recently I attended the opening of Jerwood Open Forest, an exhibition to explore the relationship between art and the environment run in partnership with Forestry

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Counting ahas

What are aha moments and why do we want people to have more of them?  Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with 1980s Norwegian

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Asking for help

Asking for help Why is that many of us find it hard to ask for help?  All it involves logically is expressing a few words –

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Decision fatigue

Why decisions are tiring  I am currently de-energised having written a 50,000 word report on professional development. I CAN’T be de-energised, my company is called

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How authentic are you at work? Authenticity is about being who you are and is the best form of self-promotion there is. When you are

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