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The path to innovation is created by start-ups.

Interview with Peter Cowley, UK Business Angel of the Year 2014/15   Peter Cowley, a Cambridge-based serial tech entrepreneur and angel investor: it sounds a complex definition with a lot of experiences and always new things to do. How did all these things start? I graduated from Cambridge University in Engineering and Computer Science, after a couple of years of corporate experience and I went to Germany where I was co-founder of a tech company. Then I went back to UK as founder of Camdata, my own tech company. 25 years later, after founding another 8 or 9 companies, I became a business angel and helping other to develop their companies with equity, advice and mentoring. As business angel you financed 55 start-ups. I read that there are 3 good exits and several failures. Technically speaking, is it a good balance? I think it's a quite positive result, you need some pretty good results from one...

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Clinical coaching.

INTERVIEW WITH CINDY VAN DE KREKE-FREENS, PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COACH AT VALIANT CLINIC   You work as a Personal and Professional Development Coach at Valiant Clinic. What is Valiant Clinic and what does your job entail? Valiant Clinic is the premium multi-specialty outpatient clinic in the UAE and the region, that offers world-class diagnostics, wellness and healthcare services with an emphasis on preventive care. Valiant Clinic is managed by Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services (the international subsidiary of the world-renowned Houston Methodist Hospital located in Houston, Texas, USA) and powered by Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company. The clinic marks Meraas’ entry into the healthcare field in its efforts to support the Dubai healthcare sector in fulfilling UAE vision 2021. I am the Personal and Professional Development Coach at Valiant Clinic, and a part of the wellness department. My mandate includes working with internal and external clients, along with the other dedicated physicians...

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Creating relationships is adding value.

An interview with Adam Cox, CEO, serial entrepreneur, founder of Radio Relations and The Relations Group. A property investor, blogger, writer with a passion for psychology, branding, marketing, and business, Adam is a thought leader in a wide field of subjects, so we couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say.   People have said that we live in an age of relationships. Do you agree with that? I agree, and, if we look at big brands, we can discover that they dedicate a lot of resources to building and maintaining relationships, maybe more than to product innovation. If we take a look at the PR industry we can see that there is a big concentration on helping companies have good relationships with their customers, a sure way to build loyalty with distributors and any other kind of stakeholder. Is there a way to educate people to have better business relationships? The main thing to consider when trying...

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Social media: a place of humans

Interview with Deirdre Breakenridge, communication strategist, CEO of Pure Performance Communications, Podcaster, host of Women Worldwide, LinkedIn Learning Instructor and adjunct professor.     You say that modern public relations demands an integrated, multichannel approach in order to successfully build awareness, loyalty, engagement, and advocacy. Could you explain which kind of multichannel approach do you suggest? What we realize within all these new media, especially social media, is that consumers are in so many different places. This is at the side of all traditional media. When you can figure out when people want to receive information, what excite them and what they want to share, you know how to reach them, and you will do this in different ways, in different channels and in different formats. With social media we have two big news in the organization of communication. The first, as you said, is that people want to decide how and when receiving information,...

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Coaching a big company.

Interview to Almudena Haro, Certified Supply Chain Specialist Iberia Cluster Lead at DHL   What is your definition of coach? The coach is a person who interact with another one empowering her or him to access to their natural resources and their creativity. It’s a process made with that person to let him discover and gain self-awareness. Many clients come looking for advices about a particular situation and they want to know your point of view as a professional. My approach with them start asking the individual ‘what are your values’ , ‘what is your essence’ and ‘what is important for you in life’. It’s from there that they realize what really want to do or what they really don’t want to do. We can say that coaching is a 2 parts process: first really discovering the client, what is supposed to be his role in this world, and from there creating actions...

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Refilling an empty space.

Interview to Eva Aksahn, Life Coach & Psychologist in United Arab Emirates.   What does a coach do? We usually examine the goals that a person has, we analyse the personality intimately and, in a number of sessions, we move him or her towards the desired ambitions.   What is the part of a person that you coach? I’m involved more in life coaching then in business coaching, and we can say that who wants a private coach usually is scared to be or to do something and, at the same time, is already convinced that he or she wants to go “higher”. I look at their ‘high dreams’ and after I can coach the person to stop what obstruct the interior opportunity and let him or her to go beyond.   Does life coaching usually work? The result depends on the client’s commitment. I work to untangle the obstacles but what we can reach is a consequence from...

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Every Action is a decision

Interview to Dawn Metcalfe, Managing Director at PSD-i in United Arab Emirate since 2010, trainer and coach. What does a coach do? A coach works with another person or people to help them get better at something. They play lots of different roles depending on what their coaching partner (I hate the term coachee!) needs from them. It usually involves gathering and giving feedback and asking questions to change perspective. Mostly we get to work with great people who are already superstars at something (otherwise why would anybody invest in coaching them?!) so it’s pretty much a dream job.   How can a coach build trust in a person or in a team? Coaches can help people become more trustworthy for sure but not through “falling exercises” or getting people to jump off walls - I’m scared of heights and literally wouldn’t trust my family to catch me! Instead, trust comes from vulnerability. Being real....

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