Get connected – Be part of a success community


In whatever arena you want to succeed you must identify and ultimately become part of the community where individuals with common interests share and connect with each other. In these communities you will meet like-minded people whose experiences, thoughts and attitudes could be of massive contribution to your own success. The entrepreneurial world has seen a dramatic increase in the number of business networking groups in recent year’s, these have acted as a source of personal and business development for ambitious people who want to progress their enterprise. These groups encourage networking and interaction – not only do they stimulate business activity, they also act as a portal of real life experiences, these can help in times when:

  • Difficult decisions have to be made
  • You really don’t know how to address a particular challenge
  • You are unsure as to which direction to take
  • You are exploring growth options
  • You have hit a ceiling in our growth staircase
  • You need to break out of our comfort zones

Being part of a community can teach us that ‘everything is possible’, they help to extend our comfort zones and believe that life holds far more than the status quo. The Quaker slogan ‘live adventurously’ is one we should all embrace.

How involved are you with the community relevant to your situation? How visible are you in it? Do you participate? Personal success for you will improve significantly when you get involved with your community of interest; it will give you the opportunity to:

  • Mix with individuals who have similar aspirations
  • Build personal relationships that can be vital to you in times of need
  • Share your wisdom with them
  • Exchange contacts that offer mutual benefit

Don’t be a passive observer in your community network, be an active part and ‘giver’ – this will come back to repay you many times over. Be vocal, let your thoughts be known and immerse yourself in what is going on. In today’s rapidly expanding wireless environment these communities can be virtual as well as physical. The exponential rise in online communities created through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter provide alternative routes to getting involved – don’t ignore the opportunities these tools give you to accessing the “Connectors”. These are the people who open doors in the quest for success; they will emerge from your community.

It is vital that you get hooked in as being an active contributor, and you will over time build a GCC – “Golden Circle of Connectors” – people whose opinions and inputs you both trust and respect, most of all they help you to make things happen.

Get connected and start to build links with those communities that will help you to move forward!

John Leach – An interview with Global Innovation Magazine


This interview with John Leach, Non-Executive Director of Trustech was published in the Global Innovation Magazine.

Click here to read the rest of the article ‘NHS Manchester – Global Healthare Innovation

John Leach is a non-executive director of Trustech and is a well-known speaker on business and innovation as well as being a lecturer of entrepreneurship.

Do you think that the NHS on the whole ignores the revenue it could bring in through innovation?

Yes. There’s more that we could extract from the NHS in terms of enterprise, knowledge and Intellectual Property and I think that’s also the case with surrounding universities. There could be and should be a better way for value extraction without taking away the quality of care that the individual receives. More could be done. The real challenge is cultures colliding.

Is part of the issue that NHS staff are measured on performance and not innovation?

That’s the point. There are a couple of Trustech innovations that have come from clinicians, consultants. That takes a very enlightened person. People join the medical professions with the aim to make sure that their patients leave the hospital fully intact. They’re not looking at value creation.
If we can find those role models and we can find those individuals that have done it, then we can expose those heroes that have been able to balance commercial with science, with healthcare. It then makes it real to others. You can do both. It’s not wrong to do both. We don’t celebrate the success enough.

What’s the solution?

One way you address this is to create communities of people that have done it. That have been successful in the innovation process. Create a community of people that have come-up with an idea and got it to market. A community that is willing to share experiences and talk to others. That for me is where the gap is.

Trustech started in 2001, where is healthcare innovation in the UK heading now?

We shouldn’t underestimate what has already been achieved. With initiatives like Citylabs and hopefully a move into other parts of the UK, we can start to bring it together by creating conversations with those that have already capitalized on their innovations. Growth essentially. You get entrepreneurial growth by pulling people together. A fast-track learning environment, a safe environment to share experiences and ideas. That’s where it’s at, that’s what Trustech offers.

How has Manchester become a global hotspot for healthcare innovation? It’s a combination of academia, access to Europe’s biggest hospital site, research, a readily-available skilled workforce and determination, all being pulled together by the innovative approach of Trustech; an NHS organization.

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The markets – a focal point for enterprise


When we hear about the power of the markets most people think about  the London or New York Stock Exchanges. Well for me it means something very different – it relates to the place where enterprise and entrepreneurial flair truly flourishes, thrives and can be viewed real-time.

Great examples are Camden Market the fourth-most popular visitor destination in London, attracting approximately 100,000 people each weekend or closer to my heart, The World Famous Bury Market, (champion of the North), pulling through 250,000 visitors every week. These are places where you can observe people doing deals and more importantly learn the art of negotiation, people skills, having banter, conversations, fun and ultimately a sale getting done with money changing hands! Market trading has been massively overlooked as the training ground for entrepreneurs. I am convinced that Rodney and Del Boy in the 1980’s and 90’s in Only Fools and Horses inspired a whole new generation of value creators and employers.

The markets for me truly brings to life what business is all about – someone having something to sell and punters wanting to buy. This market trading teaches us the power of :

– the need to sell so that the rent gets paid

– having conversations with customers and enjoy a laugh

– doing a deal and making someone feel special

– making customers smile and feel good

– customer satisfaction such that they come back week after week

A day on the markets teaches us so much about business and enterprise. I speak from the heart, over 20 years ago when my family was getting bigger and bigger – a wage just was not enough. Other sources of income were needed to pay for the food and basic needs. The inspiration came from antiques markets (Lovejoy for those of you old enough to remember) where every Sunday I saw people trading in pictures, furniture and other collectibles. It inspired me to have a go.

My passion for contemporary art led me to start dealing on the markets, taking a stall and trading. I learnt so much – how to deal with people and how to give them something they wanted. I made a profit they got a deal – win – win. The training ground proved so powerful, this market trader mentality gave me so much insight into the world of commerce and business. The profit I made helped to pay the mortgage, provide for my three daughters and for me and my wife, Wendy, it was a great laugh giving us so many memories to look back on.

The markets have an important role to play in promoting enterprise and entrepreneurial behaviour – let’s make the most of them. For the masses FTSE100 and NASDAQ means nothing other than smoke and mirrors.

The lure of the red Ferrari


So often all we see from successful entrepreneurs is the red Ferrari or some other fancy thing they own – an Island in the Caribbean or private jet. Whilst this can be an extremely motivating set of visuals for the aspiring entrepreneur, I don’t think these material items should be driver for going it alone, they should be the outcome. As with all things it’s about balance.

I feel the focus for any new business or wannabe entrepreneur should be launching a differentiated product or great service that delivers customer delighted or solves a problem in the market place. The reason I use the flash car analogy is because of a young lad I was talking to the other week, he’s taking a rather innovative entrepreneurship qualification – I asked him, “so what’s the business idea?” – answer, I don’t know just want a red Ferrari. I certainly hope the course is teaching him the importance of having something to sell! I also pondered on the issue of – do these business/enterprise courses teach what really happens when you are running a company? – Dealing with awkward staff, trying to pull money in to pay the VAT bill, preparing for a large tender or quotation till the early hours, telling someone there is no bonus money in the pot – the reality of running a business I fail to find in any text book. The best advice and teaching comes from people who have been there and done it!

What we so often don’t see from those who can afford the well-earned luxuries of life is – what happened when they where training in the gym – often battered and bruised from the daily hassle that comes with keeping the lights on. Having a commercially viable product or service forms an important part of the equation the other part relates to endurance, mental toughness, going the extra mile, faith, coping with loneliness, self belief – I hope these things get on the curriculum as all too often you need both commercial and mental strength. Without these things the red Ferrari might just remain a dream!

Great quote – “there is no traffic jam on the extra mile” – sometimes being in business can be painful but that’s just life – the great bits are brilliant!