Thrive, Even In Hard Times

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Judy & Eriks on Trench Talk with Matt Reynolds

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Episode 15. Coenie Middel - Innovative Solutions for Covid-19 (Special Edition)

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Coenie Middel

Here’s a real-world innovation challenge - how on earth do you make this happen?

Take top innovators from 11 countries, give them just 2 months, to generate 748 ideas, and decide on 5 practical solutions to the impact of Covid-19. Available free to anyone in the world.

Well it's been done! We're privileged today, to share this world-first announcement, from Coenie Middel, Chairman of Middel & Partners in South Africa.

Coenie is a Chartered Accountant with a passion for innovation. And he's going to share with us how he organised his new project under great pressure.

Coenie founded Middel & Partners as a sole practitioner in 1992.

He does not fit the standard mould of a conservative Chartered Accountant. Being awarded as one of the most “Inspiring Accountants in the World” in 2016, highlights a few of his passions for business.

Coenie assists companies to innovate, craft business models that deliver value to all stakeholders by linking strategy with resources and core capabilities.

Making innovation a key strategy of short- and long-term success, and establishing frameworks for radical and incremental innovation. Coenie is the first accredited FORTH Innovation Methodology facilitator in Central and Southern Africa.

He has amassed specialist experience in the Mining, Agriculture, Construction, Healthcare, Public Sectors, as well as the Media & Entertainment industry. Coenie consults to international and nationally listed companies, large private clients, owner managed entities and government.

You can find out more about the 5 Business Cases, or reach out to Coenie, head to

Episode 14. Michael Lee - Creativity is thinking inside your box!

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Michael Lee

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If you feel creativity is out of your reach, then you need to listen and be motivated by this week’s episode with Michael Lee, from Create Your Creativity.

He’s the creator of the Innovation Explosion, a #BeyondDesignThinking workshop that restores your natural creative genius, and helps you maintain it going forward. Participants have doubled their mean creativity scores during the 8-week training.

As a Human Capacity Redesigner he helps businesses transform to create and implement breakthrough ideas.

Michael is also the Chief Visionary Officer of the Human Innovation Project. Which is a creativity-centred human capacity redesign partnership, helping companies transition to 4IR readiness through high-impact training, consulting, coaching, analysis, and implementation. HIP is a partnership between Create Your Creativity and the South African Creative Industries Incubator run by Beth and Freddy Arendse.

They ‘re-humanize’ organisations by re-organizing their humans.

The unique TRANSFORMATIONAL change management work brings together the best of international innovation strategic and creative expertise, and African indigenous approaches.

You can find out more about Michael Lee at

During the show Michael also talks about his involvement with Kindness Contagion Africa. The UN sent out a call for stars around the globe to share vital information about Covid-19. And Michael has taken action by working with African musicians to create The soundtrack will go live on Africa Day 25th May.

Episode 13. Stewart Marshall - The Secret Behind Successful Tech

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Stewart Marshall SaaS Accelerator

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Is your bright tech idea worth the investment?

When we think innovation, many of us automatically think of tech. And there’s no doubt that it’s driven a lot of cool ideas.

Which is why Eriks and I wanted to chat to today’s guest, Stewart Marshall from SaaS Accelerator. 

He’s a commercial software expert, innovator and the bestselling author of “Doing IT for Money”

He’s spent much of his 30 years in IT in the software industry, creating, designing and building rapid development tools.

Creating solutions used by thousands of businesses around the world, including Proctor and Gamble, Kawasaki, Kellogg’s and many leading banks.

You can find out more about what Stewart does at

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Episode 12. Geoffrey Wade - De-risk Innovation 

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Geoffrey Wade on the Engage2Innovate Podcast

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Geoffrey Wade is an interesting guy, which makes this episode entertaining as well as informative.

He’s led many businesses through change and innovation, and this took him to question risk management as part of innovation.  The outcome is a partnership in a program that simulates the innovation. The implications are dramatic…but don’t take our word for it…have a listen and gauge for yourself.

Geoff brings an unusual and valuable mix of qualifications in science, engineering, business administration, cognitive science, and NLP together more than 30 years commercial experience to give him a unique perspective on innovation in business.

His engineering helps him understand the hard, measurable physical aspect of reality and process plus the cybernetics of large, messy, probabilistic systems that are goal oriented (systems like organisations). His business qualifications and experience helps understand the critical business drivers and levers. His human performance studies help appreciate how people make sense of the world, how they know what they know and do what they do, how they achieve high performance, and how they can make fast and lasting change. It is the intersection of these fields that gives him a unique ability to help leaders attend to and master foundations of innovation, high velocity change and quantum leap performance improvement.

You can connect with Geoffrey on LinkedIn

And to find out more about his work check out his website

He mentions a game to “Eliciting a Flow State”, if you want to have a play you can download here

Episode 11. JoAnna Brandi - Return On Happiness - How your mood affects innovation

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This week’s guest, JoAnna Brandi from Return On Happiness has the best job title ever - she’s a Chief Happiness Officer!

We’ve all experienced that when you’re happy and having some fun, life just looks different.

Your ability to solve problems, be creative and ultimately innovate, is directly related to how you feel.

Creating a happy team is the cornerstone to innovation.  Happiness energizes and empowers them while also keeping customers happy.  It’s a win-win.

Happiness is the ultimate competitive advantage. That will increase employee engagement, productivity and accuracy.

And a happy team creates a more customer-focused, positive workplace culture, which drives more revenue to your bottom line. 

Since 1990, JoAnna has been driving cultural change to implement Positive Customer Experiences. For companies that want to thrive, not simply survive.

The result? Your employees are engaged, customers are loyal, and competitors are downright nervous.

JoAnna has lots of free material on her website

Episode 10. Enhance Innovation with the Breath - Angie & Shane Saunders

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Angie & Shane Saunders Breathe Me

Did you know, you already have all the tools you need, to be healthy, happy, creative - all those really valuable parts of life.  You don’t have to buy anything, you can start doing it, right now. 

My guests today Angie & Shane Saunders are founders of Breathe Me. They’re Award Winning Authors, and host their own Podcast The Breathing Edge.

Shane’s experience starts with 13 Years in the Australian Defence Force. Military training at the highest level, SAS, tactical assault, special forces, and military duty in the Middle East. Angie left working in LA with some of Hollywood’s top producers, to start a new life in Australia.

They left their old lives behind to teach people how to use breath, to literally change the way you live.  And I’ve seen this in action myself, so I know it works.

Learning to breathe, if you’re new to doing more than just what comes naturally, might seem a bit crazy. So, I just ask you to have an open mind, and let’s uncover the secrets together.

You can connect with Angie & Shane through their free online training  

Or, via their Facebook page and website

Episode 9. Systems give you more space to be creative - David Jenyns

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There are lots of aspects to running a business.  But one I personally feel gets left out of the early stages, are systems.

That’s not taking the creative out, but in fact allows you more room to be creative.

Systems are an integral part of all business … well the ones that are successful!

In this episode Eriks & Judy talk to David Jenyns seasoned entrepreneur, spanning from retail, to founding one of Australia’s most trusted digital agencies, Melbourne SEO & Video. As well as an Amazon bestseller.

And the person behind SystemHub.  An innovative approach to managing systems.

To quote Benjamin Franklin … “Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship”

This to me can be how systems and processes are viewed by many business…it’s a small thing, we’ll get to that later. 

David shares practical tips on implementing your own systems.  You’ll gain valuable insights no matter what size business you operate.

You can find more information about David and his SystemHub at  

And his Systemology process at

Episode 8. Special Event - Covid-19 Creative Think Tank for Business

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Inspiration, hope and ideas for business in Covid-19

We’ve made a commitment to bring ideas and inspiration to you when you need it.  Covid-19 Creative Think Tank is the first in a series delving into the biggest issues facing business today.

This first episode brings together talented business and creative minds from a variety of backgrounds, to hash out the tough issues, and offer fresh, practical ideas.

It will help people open their minds to opportunities, de-stress and see a more hopeful future. A practical inspiring show.

The Think Tank features Wade Kingsley from The Ideas Business, Janice Francisco founder of Bridge Point Effect, Ideas Architect & business coach Geoff McDonald, high performance systems specialist Geoffrey Wade, and Eriks & Judy Celmins founders of Innovate To Win by Engage4Insights.

All hosted by Shayne Brian from Elevate Podcasts.

If you’re managing a business today, you have no choice but to adapt.  And sometimes all it takes is some inspiration, from someone outside your world. 

Episode 7. Reinventing Yourself - Elizabeth Diacos

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Innovation isn’t just about inventing something totally new. It’s often more to do with reinventing, which is Elizabeth Diacos’ specialty.She’s the founder of Larksong Enterprises, and an educator and success coach.

 “I love learning and hold a Graduate Certificate in Organisational Coaching and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology. I help teachers from across the globe to get out of teaching.”

An idea that leads to innovation often comes to us when we are dissatisfied in our current situation, which is where Elizabeth steps in. And even though she specialises in helping teachers, her insightful tips apply to any industry.Here are ways to reach out to Elizabeth and find out more …

The rapidly growing Get out of Teaching group of over 2000 members:


And soon-to-be-launched “Get out of Teaching” podcast

Episode 6. The Ideas Architect - Geoff McDonald

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Geoff McDonald-The Ideas Architect

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Is our obsession with KPIs blocking innovation?

They are important, but they only show what happened in your past. They don't predict your future.

Intuitively we know that. But we seem to have this blind spot, which means we can’t move forward unless we have big data to back it.

In this week's podcast we talk to Ideas Architect Geoff McDonald, on how creativity ultimately transforms into innovation.

You can access all things Geoff McDonald via his website

Episode 5. Redesigning Your Future - with Chris Collingwood

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Chris Collingwood

What do creativity, innovation and NLP have in common?

In this week's episode of the Engage2Innovate podcast, Judy talks to Chris Collingwood. An NLP specialist teaching people how to think in patterns.

The technique at the core of becoming an effective innovator.  It's a fascinating discussion with Chris, on how we think and act. And how that understanding means we can be open to new potential.

Lots of takeaways that will help us all.

He’s the Managing Director of Inspiritive, and you can learn more about Chris by checking out his website

Episode 4. Innovation is a team sport - with Janice Francisco

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Janice Francisco

Do you work within a team?

It can be either frustrating, trying to balance different personalities OR a fun creative adventure.

In this great interview with Janice Francisco from BridgePoint Effect, she shares her insights on how to bring different personalities together.

To improve your meetings for better results.

If you want to make them more productive, creative and stimulating, then the full interview is a must-listen.

If you want more info on what Janice does check out her website

If you’d like to register for Janice’s upcoming webinar just follow this link

Episode 3. Why do you have to have innovation in your business?

Engage2Innovate Podcast

In this episode Shayne Brian chats to both Eriks & Judy Celmins on innovation and why you need it in your business.  

We talk through the benefits for businesses that choose to embrace a changing world.

Episode 2. Learn the secrets of the Steve Jobs presentation style - with Amanda Meyer

Amanda Meyer from Rewards Drama shares her tips anyone can use when communicating your idea.

Remember an idea isn't innovation unless you get buy-in.  And that takes presentation skills.

Amanda's put together a Special Offer for listeners.

Which is a one hour 1:1 online session, where we can work on your current project or talk through your stumbling blocks.

The session usually costs US$249, but you can get it for 50% off, for listening to this interview today.

If you want to take advantage, book it in on Amanda's website:
and use the coupon code: VIP PPS

Episode 1. Innovation, disruption, or change ... what's right for you?

Engage2Innovate Podcast

When do you need disruption?  Or is change enough? How do we know what's right and what's the best way to find out what the customer wants.

In this candid discussion with Eriks & Judy Celmins with Shayne Brian.

You'll find it thought-provoking.

DevReady Podcast Episode 01 – Judy Celmins

Aerion Technologies have just launched their new DevReady Podcast. Their first interview is with Judy Celmins of Engage4Insights. She shares her story about jumping into the development of her own app. It’s a great story with plenty of interesting takeaways.