22 March 2021|Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder
What are some of the most unusual jobs of the future? What’s in store for workplace and educational learning, and why is ‘augmented commerce’ the next wave for online retail? Which discoveries about our brains could help us ward off toxic stress? These are merely a few of the scores of advances from digital, psychology and neuroscience that Forecaster and four-time awardee Shivvy Jervis breaks down in her broadcasts and keynotes to captivated audiences of thousands.
Shivvy is one of the world’s only female, Asian futurists specialising in human-centred innovations, and she advocates the urgent need for ethical oversight of emerging technologies. Trusted by the likes of the United Nations, the office of the Mayor of London, the BBC and Microsoft, she was named one a top ten founder of BAME origin by TechRound, has won an Asian Women of Achievement award and her research has earned over 24 industry accolades. Producing more than 300 hours of broadcasts that have garnered a 14 mn+ audience, she is currently developing an ambitious documentary uncovering the most remarkable advances that will elevate humanity.
What would you love to share to encourage other women to start their own company?
Being able to grab the reins and lead a business – however small or scaled-up – is something I’d champion other women to act on. Think of it as propelling an idea forward into a tangible outcome, versus the daunting notion often associated with ‘creating a business from scratch’. Doing this also elevates the thinking that comes with what I term an ‘inventor mindset’ – those of us who create our own ventures stand a higher chance of acting and thinking like an inventor – getting in the frontlines and trenches, mastering a solid grasp of all aspects that come with a business versus just one area and developing more maverick thinking meaning the ability to have contrarian views or spot an opportunity when others don’t see it.
What are your 5 top tips for entrepreneurial success?
1) Don’t count yourself out – too many folks fall at this stage of their own volition.
2) Act inclusively – take everyone in your business along for the ride and blueprint plans together.
3) Adopt the ‘leadership as a collective’ stance – Leadership no longer is vested in one person or one Board, it must be viewed as a collective and democratised notion.
4) Get down to basics on your value proposition – convoluted wording and unclear propositions sink even the best of ideas, so make your value offering crystal clear.
5) Elevate human potential – learning isn’t relegated solely to the first 18 years of our lives. Even a 55 year old seasoned exec needs to keep an open mind to learn and absorb new skills.
Who are 5 women who inspire you the most?
Devika Arora – founder of MagicMind, one of India’s fastest growing online communities for mental wellbeing and creativity
Rav Bhumbra – creator of mentoring app Cajigo
Ghislaine Boddington – expert in body responsive technologies and immersive experiences
Roz Hanna – media maven
Georgia Bayley – events extraordinaire
What is your favourite saying/inspirational quote?
Feel the fear and do it anyway (Susan Jeffers) and “let whatever you do today be… enough”
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