Category: Leadership

Liverpool Creative Industries

David has helped the development of Liverpool creative industries businesses and organisations through his business advice, training workshops and presentations. He has worked in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Merseyside ACME, Liverpool Vision and Culture Liverpool as well as other organisations in the city region to provide business support in his capacity as a business …

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Workshops for Namibian Creative Entrepreneurs

David delivered creative business training workshops for Namibian Creative Entrepreneurs in Windhoek, Karibib and Swakopmund, in partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week Namibia. The Creative Business Workshop in Windhoek on Monday 11 November included: – Creative Marketing – How to Make Money While you Sleep – Leading and Managing Creative Teams The Creative Business Workshop in …

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The Golden Circle and its message for creative enterprises

For me, the key message in Simon Sinek’s excellent TED talk about the Golden Circle, is that people buy into your ‘Why’, rather than your ‘What’. As he rightly says, more than once: “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”. This is consistent with my advice to creative and digital …

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Travel Industry Speaker on the Orange Economy

David was a travel industry speaker on the Orange Economy at the national Congress of ANATO in Medellin, Colombia. His speech title was: “Inspiration for Travel Agencies from Creativity, Innovation and the Orange Economy Worldwide”. “At the ANATO Congress, David inspired us with useful business techniques for travel agencies. His speech included interesting examples and stories about creativity …

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Creative Leaders interview

David Parrish was interviewed for the Creative Leaders feature of Economía Creativa, an international leading creative and innovation consultancy and digital hub. Here’s the transcript of the interview: Antonio Carlos (AC). What does ‘Creative Society’ means for you? David Parrish (DP). People making the world better using their creative talents, combined with entrepreneurship, to achieve …

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Leading Creative Cultures – workshop in Madinah

David designed and delivered a workshop on Leading Creative Cultures for leaders, managers and business owners at the Madinah Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (MILE) in Saudi Arabia. The workshop focused on developing leadership skills to encourage a culture of creativity and innovation in businesses and organisations. This includes using creative tools for generating ideas …

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Don’t be a ‘busy fool’ – act strategically

Are you a ‘busy fool’? We avoid doing difficult things by occupying ourselves with trivial things. We deal with urgent trivia instead of what’s really important. Keeping busy like this allows us to avoid having to make important decisions. In my work, advising and training hundreds of  businesses all around the world, I see too …

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Paul Smith talks business

In a fascinating interview, fashion design guru Paul Smith talked about many aspects of growing a business in the creative industries, including: How he succeeds as a creative entrepreneur by saying no to many potential clients, choosing only those projects which fit his brand and excite his creativity. He has (politely) rejected the opportunity to …

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Be your own kind of entrepreneur!

Business doesn’t have to be about being the biggest, fastest or strongest. Entrepreneurs don’t have to be short-sighted, aggressive and unfair. “Entrepreneurialism has nothing to do with hardwired personality traits.” This is what Robert Kelsey says in this article in the journal of the Royal Society of Arts. I agree totally. Unfortunately, the popular image …

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The Creative Business: 12 Modules

The Creative Business is a series of 12 modules of information about developing creative enterprises, written especially for people running businesses in the creative industries. The information is particularly relevant to creative businesses and cultural enterprises in the fields of Advertising, Literature and Publishing, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Design, Cultural Heritage, and Crafts. Written …

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