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Hello and welcome to the new Business Ignition Group website. we’re working on adding content as quickly as we can but have a look and see what we’ve got so far.

 

And later this week we’ll be announcing some exciting news about our business ignition programme.

Has your LinkedIn account been limited/ suspended or removed? You’re not alone!

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been hearing lots of stories of people having their LinkedIn accounts suspended or even removed.  For those who have spent a long time building a genuine following and a decent network this can be, understandably, incredibly frustrating.

So here are a couple of tips to make sure you don’t fall foul of the LinkedIn police!

  1. Do you outsource any form of LinkedIn lead generation? If so you are at a high risk of having your account removed.

LinkedIn are monitoring accounts for at least 40 programmes/ browser extensions that “scrape” your contacts / or search in certain ways. So, check with your outsourced supplier, or if you have used any of the following be aware that you need to be very careful.

If you are using any of the following extensions while using LinkedIn your account could be at risk: Continue reading

What colour is your belt?

I see more and more business advisors saying that they can help businesses because they have a lean/ six sigma/ lean six sigma qualification and then go on to state that they have a green belt qualification.

Please, please don’t believe that these people can help you or your business!

And here is the reason why….

The belts in all these qualifications relate to the experience and the number of tools that the participant has been trained in and are qualified to use in a lean six sigma project. As per the origins of the terminology – the darker the colour of the belt the more experienced the practitioner.

A white belt understands the terminology and is perhaps a senior manager who will allow the staff the time/ resources to carry out a project. They have no experience in running a project but are there to remove roadblocks to the project.

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My Bullet journaling journey – 2 weeks in!

This couple of weeks has been about experimenting to see what/ if I liked about the bullet journaling method.

If you’ve never heard of bullet journaling, then have a peek at www.bulletjournal.com

I also watched several YouTube videos. These seemed to be mainly based on using the method for home/ school projects and not for business but it was interesting to see how the ideas were used & I took a couple of page layout ideas from them.

 

I’ll admit that so far, I haven’t ventured into the very beautiful Leuchterm notebook given to me by my client, Continue reading

My Bullet Journalling journey – Let’s give it a go!

As those who know me in real life, or those who work with me know I am a stationery junkie and I love a good list! So being introduced to something that allows me to combine both of these loves excited me immensely!

 

I’ve recently been working with a client doing some project management with them, helping the team deliver the project more efficiently and effectively. During one of the sessions one of the team members talked about managing their tasks for the project and showed us their bullet journalling method. I’d never heard of it, but went away and watched a few you tube videos  and thought “great for keeping a diary, keeping track of your shopping list but how is it applicable to a business owner?”

So, I had a 121 with the team member, who showed me exactly how they had adapted the system so that it worked for them, and they were so keen I try it out they had bought me a book on how to bullet journal and the notebook they believe works best!

 

As they were so convinced that I’d love it I thought I’d give it a go, and thought I could record my journey/ lessons learned  and share it with you.

 

So, have you heard of / tried it your self? Any thoughts/ tips for me?

 

I’ll keep you posted……

 

 

My weekly reflection – Friday 12th May 2017

I attended an amazing meeting of the Professional Speakers Association on Saturday – met up with friends old and new and was so worth the early start after such a busy week.

The rest of this week has seen us in full operating mode from our new offices. Desks and IT are working and most boxes are unpacked, or in place until we get additional furniture to house their contents! We think we’ve sent new address notifications to all our clients, suppliers and business friends – if you’ve not had yours please just let me know and we’ll get one to you ASAP.

Yesterday we visited Cromford Mills and the new (ish) home of Idom Merebrook to see the facilities and redevelopment of such a historic venue.

Today has been all about writing proposals for very interesting new projects for new and existing clients.

We’ve held our first meeting in our meeting space and we’ve met our new neighbours. We have a lovely view and great local services. All in all, it’s been a fabulous move for us so far.

Why not come and visit for the guided tour, a cuppa and a chat?

My weekly reflection – Friday 5th May 2017

 

This week has been all about the move. Packing over the long weekend and then the actual move on Wednesday. Preparing the old office for handback on Thursday and then unpacking and sorting out at the new office on Friday. Our clients have been so accommodating and supportive we are extremely grateful to them all, but looking forward to being able to get back into the thick of it next week and being able to add new services for them from the new venue.

A new home, so we may have interrupted service this week…….

Due to our continued expansion we are on the move.

From 1st May our new address will be:

Suite 11 Keynes House

Chester Park,

Alfreton Road

Derby

DE21 4AS

 

We hope to be fully installed and back to regular service from Monday 8th May so feel free to pop in for a cuppa and the guided tour.

If you need something urgently this week please call and we will do our very best to support you.

My Weekly reflection – 28th April 2017

I was delighted to chair this years Marketing 2020:the dark side of digital event at the University of Derby on Monday afternoon/ evening. It was a fascinating, and scary, insight into what happens when digital marketing goes wrong, or is used maliciously.

Some great client meetings and a lot of planning for our imminent office move. We’ve seen some great, and some not so suitable, venues and think we’ve made a decision. One more piece of information and we can say all systems go…… or not!

 

UPDATE: we’re moving next Wednesday! Yikes!

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

We’re delighted to confirm that we are now members of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce & we’re looking forward to getting to know our fellow members at events over the new few months

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