Anniversary Firestarter forum…
On Thursday 29th April, over 80 business leaders from across the globe sat down (virtually) with a cocktail kit, unsure of what the next hour and half would bring as we celebrated one whole year of #FirestarterForums.
Over the past year, our #FirestarterForums have been a place of digital interaction where over 200 business leaders have been able to address essential issues and feel like they are a part of a community during tough times.
Back in April 2020, as we were moving into a new phase of the unprecedented crisis, our thoughts were beginning to turn to how businesses can prepare for life during and after the Coronavirus. We wanted to ensure that businesses and leaders could continue to be strong in a world and work environment that undoubtedly looked very different than before. Over the last year we have hosted a forum once or more a month, adding up to 15 Firestarter forums in one year. Therefore, we wanted to celebrate with our community as a thank you for always supporting us and to reflect on how far we have all developed in a year.
We have five key values that we always want to bring to the Firestarter Forums: Clarity, Action, Accountability, Independence, and Fun. This is because we know they are the values that we share with our likeminded business leaders that make up our community. We certainly have had plenty of fun over the last year, but we also have covered plenty of important topics. These topics ranged from, sustainability, looking after employee wellbeing, business confidence, where next with technology, “reopening” the real world and much more.
The success of the Forums over the past year has led to many opportunities, for us and our community. We have been joined by many expert speakers, not just in the Forums, but also in our own podcast series- ‘The Resilient Leader’, hosted by Dave Harries. Both of these platforms have been a space where leaders have addressed their best practice in dealing with the inevitable leadership challenges and difficult decisions that need to be made as we navigate our way through difficult times.