- Penny Power Ltd1998 - presentI am the CEO of Penny POwer Ltd which has a shareholding in a number of companies that are committed to the digital agenda specifically around skills and the new culture of the open, random and supportive business world.
- Bytech, Rapid Recall, OnetoOne1984 - 1992
I had a career in the technology sector, in sales and marketing and then stopped for 5 years to have my three children. Learning the Internet and how it could allow me to still work was a breakthrough for me, I have been a full-time mum for much of my career, the years of building my Internet career has been done for the most part while the children were very young.
When I join the dots in my life I can see many experiences, joys and challenges that have brought me to a place in my life where I know that to succeed in life, emotionally and professionally we have to invest time in others.
Life goes in waves, we cannot live a long life and not expect challenges, heartache and pain, when we accept this and we make a choice about how we respond to these things I believe life takes a turn. Each of us has something to say, few have the skills and personal insight to know how to express it and learn to build a brand around our beliefs not just our business. For some, their beliefs become their business.
Throughout my life one aspect of me that has been consistent is that I see and feel the value people have to others. Often this is not easy for the person to see. Many of us have focused on our careers and ourselves and in doing so have forgotten what makes us valuable to others rather than just valuable to ourselves. The world is changing, some say spiritually, some say economically, some say politically, what every your beliefs are, you will know that it is changing.
I have always believed in supporting others, an inherent belief that was inside me from a very young age. In business I was called a servant leader, serving others is my natural style. I see others who have this attitude and I see that they are creating around them an asset that is quite incredible but completely invisible to them, I can call that ‘asset’ Social Capital.
When I speak, write, coach, consult, my goal is to help individuals and businesses build social capital. Social Media is a fabulous tool if used well and not hurried, too many people just 'connect' only those who build trusted relationships and stay in touch through engagement see the true value of asocial media; this includes companies. Brands have to realise that they too are personalities and have responsibility to show they genuinely are interested in their clients WHOLE life.
In addition to Ecademy I am now building a 'Digital Youth Academy' to embrace the amazing Born Digital Generation and give them a chance to show them how they can contribute to the economy. Plus I am thrilled to be bringing to market Frontier Coaching -providing a Digital Coaching architecture and team to help individuals and organisations 'Go Social'.
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