‘Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure’
Chamber of Commerce members were delighted to hear inspirational speaker Monty Halls at a TED-style talk in October on the absolute necessity of accepting and adapting to constant change so that your business is "one step ahead of the evolutionary curve". The next few years are beset by uncertainty and potential wholesale changes in the way we all conduct our business affairs - Brexit, Trump, trade wars, new emerging technology - and as such how do small and large business prepare for such a kinetic future?
Monty shared stories from life as a Royal Marine, marine biologist, father, broadcaster and his adventures while filming My Family and The Galapagos series for Channel Four. Whilst regaling us with hilarious adventure stories and the perils of traveling with wild young kids on a volcanic island with limited health and safety, he learnt crucial lessons on seeing the world through a child’s eyes and believes that attitude is key. Your business mindset as you approach change is essential. Beware of ‘morale hoovers’, those people who can drain and bring down a team. Being positive and energetic when approaching tectonic change is the only way to evolve.
He discussed climate change, plastic pollution, the lessons he learnt setting up Seadog TV & Film Productions and the vital importance of responding to our rapidly changing business environment. The eruption of new technology is forcing every business to change, from how technology will impact employability, how our mobile phones have the same computing power as the Apollo II space craft to ‘the internet of things’. His key message is that embracing technological change is the only way to adapt and evolve.
Jaya Chakrabati, non-Executive Director of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce opened the evening with insight into how business must come together to support each other to cope with business challenges – there is power in working together with your local Chamber of Commerce. The event raised over £300 for The Prince’s Trust, the preferred Charity of Chamber members and hosts, VWV. Attendees of the event found it excellent: 'The content that Monty brought to his presentation was relevant and engaging - I really enjoyed the humanity and the parallels he drew from the natural world', Emma Harrison, Onno Media.
For more information on how navigating your way through Brexit, Business West has launched Trading through Brexit to help answer your questions to help businesses plan for after March 2018.