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A podcast about A Human Approach to Innovation and Change. Interview based podcast by a highly experienced business change consultant and qualified Executive Business Coach with over 20 years' experience of leading and successfully delivering global strategic change, digital transformation and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Nina, founder of Cheeky Monkey Business Solutions and author of Transform Your Business, is known for her direct, straight-talking approach, with a smile. This is a series of light-hearted, entertaining discussions about how change effects us personally and professionally. By giving you a virtual seat at the Cheeky Monkey table Nina invites you to listen as she discusses issues that come up regularly in both the workplace and in the world, with people who have experienced those challenges. The underlying theme is that, at the end of the day, nothing happens without people, therefore a human approach and people-based focus is paramount to achieving lasting success in business and in life.
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Welcome to season 2 of the Change Troubleshooter  - The Sustainability season. In today’s episode “From Fast Fashion to Something Else” Nina is joined by Sofia Kenyon Sofia left university in 2017 with a business degree and seamlessly went straight into her dream job in fashion. Or was it? Four years and one pandemic later, Nina asks if the industry is all she thought it would be.This episode is also available as a video. Click here to watch it.
Wecome to season 2 of The Change Troubleshooter. The Sustainability Season.In today’s episode, How to Achieve a Sustainable Digital Thread, Nina is joined by Ross Caddens, business development director of Siemens Digital Industries Software. Using his wealth of knowledge and experience of Siemens software solutions, Ross helps clients to improve innovation and accelerate product delivery. He also works on innovation projects for the UK Catapults network and helps academia in ensuring talent is digital ready when they enter the workforce.This episode is also available as a video, as it was recorded on Zoom.Click here to watch the video.
Welcome to season 2 of The Change Troubleshooter, the sustainability season.In today’s episode,   Can We Be Sustainable With or Without Data?       Nina is joined by Federico Pettinella, Anders Praestholm and Alan Walker, three guys who work in data technology. Every time we write an email, take a photo, download something from the web or send a message on Whatsapp, we are creating data. The amount of that data is massiveand growing quickly. Business and industry create even more data than individuals and it all has to be stored somewhere. This accumulation and storage of data is not free, it comes at a cost, and not just a financial cost – the cost to the environment is considerable as stored data requires massive amounts of energy to keep all those computers running. Our ability to analyse data is essential to good decision making, it’s how we know we have climate change issues but creating and storing too much data make decision making difficult. How do we find the right balance of quality of data, over quantity?This episode is also available as a video. Click here to watch it.
A Thought for Food

A Thought for Food

2021-04-0101:00:50

Welcome to season 2 of The Change Troubleshooter, the sustainability season.In today’s episode, “A Thought for Food”, we are off, thanks to the magic of Zoom, to the frigid shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada where Nina meets Bonita Gionet, who, in her own words is a pragmatic, curious, forward thinking civil engineer, project manager, lifelong learner and coach with a passion for food.   For more than 20 years, Bonita has been involved in local food systems, as a consumer, food co-operative member, Community Shared Agriculture subscriber and also as a vendor at several Farmer’s Markets. She knows her onions, so to speak. Based in Kincardine on the snowy shores of Lake Huron, Nina caught up with her to discuss the important role food plays in the quest for sustainability.Recorded on Zoom, this episode is also available as a video.  Click here to watch it.
Welcome to Season 2 of the Change Troubleshooter – The Sustainability SeasonIn today’s episode, L. A,  A Green and Pleasant Land?’ We are in America, via Zoom, and Nina is joined in conversation by Yoel Aynalem, owner of Mekbib Media, a digital content production agency based in Los Angeles, California. Their goal is to help small businesses take back control of how they’re perceived by the public. Nina was keen to know how things were going in L.A in regard to local sustainability and climate action plans. There are programmes and initiatives in place, as there are in many towns and cities around the world, we read and hear about them every day. But do the real people on the ground even know they exist? Are they common knowledge? Nina researched sustainablitiy plans in L.A and asked Yoel if he was involved in these or even had any knowledgs of them at all. After all, for real change to take place, people need to be aware of initiatives happening on their doorsteps and feel they are something that they can be part of. This episode is also availabale as a video here
Does Sustainability start at home?  Guests: Bob Barr and Zoe CohenWelcome to a brand new season of The Change Troubleshooter.  This 2nd season of the podcast focuses on Sustainability. Something we all need to focus on a lot more!We kick off the season with this episode, Does Sustainability Start at Home?  Nina is joined by, Zoe Cohen and Bob Barr.Zoe Cohen, Director of Shine Coaching and Consultancy, is a highly experienced Master Coach who has worked with senior leaders and their teams across every sector in the economy. Zoe has run her successful coaching practice for over a decade. Zoe has been passionate about sustainability all her life; in 2014 she co-founded and was the volunteer Chair of a community energy company for three years. Zoe is a Carbon Literate coach and her work is expanding into the human, behavioural and psychological aspects of climate change awareness and action. Zoe is also an active member of Extinction Rebellion and dedicates a significant proportion of her time to activism.Bob Barr is a Lymm Parish Councillor and Opposition Leader on Warrington Borough Council. He also chairs Lymm Community Energy  . By profession Bob is an urban and social geographer specialising in geographic data science and open data. He worked at Manchester University for 30 years, is currently a Visiting Professor at Liverpool University and founded the university spin-out, Manchester Geomatics. He was a member of the Cabinet Office Open Data Group, the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information and the Social Exclusion Unit’s ‘Better Information’ policy action team. Bob has a lifelong interest in sustainability issues. As a Board Member of Helena Housing, a major regional Housing Association, he championed sustainability on the Board and became Chairman of Caribou, a not-for-profit sustainable warmth and flood resilience company.  Nina uses her home village of Lymm as a case study on how sustainable the place where she lives actually is. Both Zoe and Bob have been commited to a number of local initiatives over the years, but is that enough to make Lymm a sustainable village?This episode is also avaialable as a video here
Welcome to a brand new season of The Change Troubleshooter!Season 2 is all about sustainability. In this introductory episode Nina explains why she was moved to dedicate a whole season to the theme of sustainability and walks us through what we can expect from each episode.  She talks to some amazing people from her local village as well as across the pond in Los Angeles and Canada. This season will prove to be thought, and we hope, action provoking as the issue of sustainability becomes more and more prevalent in society at large. Please do join in the conveersation by contacting Nina directly at nina@ninadar.comThis episode is also avaiabale as a video here
 Do we have unrealistic expectations of digital transformation set by the disruptors? Or have they set an expectation the competition has to respond to? Nina, Simon and Nick have over 75 years of combined experience in this field. Their conversation tackles the top barriers to change and provides insight into what they would do differently. In this episode Nina, Simon and Nick talk about the permanent, irreversible tech transformation that has come from the disruptors of Silicon Valley. Air BnB, WhatsApp, Facebook, Netflix, Apple etc have created transformational change in the way people live, work and play.All of the disruptors are new creations, there is no doubt that transforming heritage organisations is harder, even when they come up with new ideas. We all love to talk about Kodak and Blockbuster, both of which had opportunities to transform with industry-disrupting innovation, but didn't, with tragic consequences.Nina, Nick and Simon discuss the top barriers to change and talk about the need for transformation programmes that balance people, process and technology, something that is talked about all the time and they wonder if it's lost its meaning.They also talk about how existing organisations can create digital transformation programmes when they have barriers the new creations just don't have.It's clear from their conversation that we must try harder to incorporate A Human Approach to Innovation and Change which is needed to balance people, process and technology.
 Do we have unrealistic expectations of digital transformation set by the disruptors? Or have they set an expectation the competition has to respond to? Nina, Simon and Nick have over 75 years of combined experience in this field. Their conversation tackles the top barriers to change and provides insight into what they would do differently. In this episode Nina, Simon and Nick talk about the permanent, irreversible tech transformation that has come from the disruptors of Silicon Valley. Air BnB, WhatsApp, Facebook, Netflix, Apple etc have created transformational change in the way people live, work and play.All of the disruptors are new creations, there is no doubt that transforming heritage organisations is harder, even when they come up with new ideas. We all love to talk about Kodak and Blockbuster, both of which had opportunities to transform with industry-disrupting innovation, but didn't, with tragic consequences.Nina, Nick and Simon discuss the top barriers to change and talk about the need for transformation programmes that balance people, process and technology, something that is talked about all the time and they wonder if it's lost its meaning.They also talk about how existing organisations can create digital transformation programmes when they have barriers the new creations just don't have.It's clear from their conversation that we must try harder to incorporate A Human Approach to Innovation and Change which is needed to balance people, process and technology.Episode is ScheduledPublish: Aug. 10, 2020 @ 1PM Edit(GMT+00:00) LondonPublish NowAdd a TranscriptGet episode better indexed by search engines.Add Chapter MarkersListeners can tap through & see what’s coming up.Promote this EpisodeCreate a Video SoundbiteShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail Link to EpisodeDirect Link to MP3Embed this ONE Episode
 Nina and her guest, Neil Randon, have taken inspiration from a George Bernard Shaw quote; "Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get." Brilliant, and sums up so many technology projects.  In this episode Nina and Neil discuss the highs and lows of technology adoption, both of them with a keen understanding of the psychology involved. The brain is the most complex change project; hence, battle of the supercomputers. Despite the fact that most people acknowledge this to be true we rarely structure the change of our own minds in the same way we structure the change that the technology will bring. 
 Nina and her guest, Neil Randon, have taken inspiration from a George Bernard Shaw quote; "Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get." Brilliant, and sums up so many technology projects.  In this episode Nina and Neil discuss the highs and lows of technology adoption, both of them with a keen understanding of the psychology involved. The brain is the most complex change project; hence, battle of the supercomputers. Despite the fact that most people acknowledge this to be true we rarely structure the change of our own minds in the same way we structure the change that the technology will bring. 
Can you turn a workplace into a fanbase? Nina and her guest, former FanatiCo employee, James Ashworth tried to do this. They take a look back to discuss what they learned from that experience.In this episode Nina and James discuss why we fake it when we talk about changing culture at work. In 2015, with Steve Smith (chairman of Ear to the Ground) they saw the opportunity to combine their expertise and created FanatiCo. Their mission was to turn workplaces into fanbases. Despite the fact that they did some fabulous work with amazing brands, the element of turning workplaces into fanbases was more of an exciting and thought-provoking conversation rather than a strategy the corporate world wanted to deploy. This was in stark contrast to the fan intelligence work Steve was doing with Ear to the Ground which was being taken very seriously and Nina being used as a change troubleshooter to sort out change that hadn't delivered successfully.
Can you turn a workplace into a fanbase? Nina and her guest, former FanatiCo employee, James Ashworth tried to do this. They take a look back to discuss what they learned from that experience.In this episode Nina and James discuss why we fake it when we talk about changing culture at work. In 2015, with Steve Smith (chairman of Ear to the Ground) they saw the opportunity to combine their expertise and created FanatiCo. Their mission was to turn workplaces into fanbases. Despite the fact that they did some fabulous work with amazing brands, the element of turning workplaces into fanbases was more of an exciting and thought-provoking conversation rather than a strategy the corporate world wanted to deploy. This was in stark contrast to the fan intelligence work Steve was doing with Ear to the Ground which was being taken very seriously and Nina being used as a change troubleshooter to sort out change that hadn't delivered successfully.
*Please note that this episode was recorded prior to the Coronavirus outbreak when we thought it wasn't going to happen to us! Therefore when Nina states that the biggest thing affecting us all in the UK right now is Brexit, that is obviously not the case now, although it is still a very important topic. In this episode Nina is joined by Yasmin Hurst and Peter Allen to discuss the question; is change a team sport? which was inspired by the Adidas Originals brilliant campaign called "Change is a Team Sport" to celebrate 50 years since the launch of their iconic Superstar shoes, which have been at the forefront of popular culture ever since.  For those of you who don't know, the Adidas Superstar is a shoe, trainer or sneaker, depending on where you are from. The campaign was directed by Jonah Hill and it stars old and new Adidas collaborators.  Delivering change is complicated, it's a mixture of science and magic. A Human Approach to Innovation and Change was developed so that we could try and understand the magic, the human elements that are difficult to identify on balance sheets and profit and loss accounts but are essential if change is to be successful and sustainable. Nina, Yasmin and Pete share their experiences on balancing the role of the individual and the team as well as discussing what every team needs if it's going to deliver change.  Please note that this episode was recorded prior to the Coronavirus outbreak when we thought it wasn't going to happen to us! Therefore when Nina states that the biggest thing affecting us all in the UK right now is Brexit, that, is obviously not the case now, although it is still a very important topic. 
 In February 2020 Adidas Originals launched a brilliant campaign called "Change is a Team Sport". Nina thought that this was the perfect discussion topic for her catch up with two former Cheeky Monkeys, Yasmin Hurst and Peter Allen. For those of you who don't know, the Adidas Superstar is a shoe, trainer or sneaker, depending on where you are from. The campaign was directed by Jonah Hill and it stars old and new Adidas collaborators. Delivering change is complicated, it's a mixture of science and magic. A Human Approach to Innovation and Change was developed so that we could try and understand the magic, the human elements that are difficult to identify on balance sheets and profit and loss accounts but are essential if change is to be successful and sustainable. Nina, Yasmin and Pete share their experiences on balancing the role of the individual and the team as well as discussing what every team needs if it's going to deliver change.
This is a slimmed down 'DARector's Cut' of the original episode, Made of What Matters.The story is the same as in the original episode (description below), it's just 30% shorter for all you busy people who can't spare a full hour to listen to the full version!In this episode Nina and her parents, inspired by the personal and positive way Raheem Sterling, Gillette and Football Beyond Borders tackle the sensitive issue of perceived differences, cover subjects such as role models in life, changing cultural attitudes and what it was like to be in a mixed-race relationship in Manchester in the late 1960s. The collaboration between Raheem Sterling, Gillette and Football Beyond Borders looks to sport for role models. As football fans Nina and her parents have watched Raheem Sterling become a voice and role model for equality and positivity. Nina asks her parents if they are disappointed that this should still be headline news 50 years after their own personal battle.They talk about the time it really takes to see the impact of change, especially when changing mindsets and culture, and the strength required to remain positive when not everyone agrees with what you say and believe.A Human Approach to Innovation and Change is fundamentally about inclusion, acceptance of differences, different opinions and all the heat and light that comes from that in order to collaborate on change that will truly make a difference.
Made of What Matters

Made of What Matters

2020-06-1101:00:55

 In this episode Nina and her parents, inspired by the personal and positive way Raheem Sterling, Gillette and Football Beyond Borders tackle the sensitive issue of perceived differences, cover subjects such as role models in life, changing cultural attitudes and what it was like to be in a mixed-race relationship in Manchester in the late 1960s. The collaboration between Raheem Sterling, Gillette and Football Beyond Borders looks to sport for role models. As football fans Nina and her parents have watched Raheem Sterling become a voice and role model for equality and positivity. Nina asks her parents if they are disappointed that this should still be headline news 50 years after their own personal battle.They talk about the time it really takes to see the impact of change, especially when changing mindsets and culture, and the strength required to remain positive when not everyone agrees with what you say and believe.A Human Approach to Innovation and Change is fundamentally about inclusion, acceptance of differences, different opinions and all the heat and light that comes from that in order to collaborate on change that will truly make a difference.
Hello, I’m Nina Dar, The Change Troubleshooter.Sometimes when you think you’re scared, really, what you’re feeling is excited.  We all need to remember that.When scared is flipped to excited – everything changes.Channelled the right way, change for good is a positive, inclusive and enriching experience.  But for that to happen, your people have to buy in, believe in and be on the journey with you.Join me for a change safari as we learn how to track down the route to better business outcomes and healthier, change-positive, workplace cultures.This is the prequel to The Change Troubleshooter suite of 6 Podcasts.  Just so you know who I am, what I do, what it achieves and why I do it. The Change Troubleshooter is: Founder of Cheeky Monkey Business Solutions, the management consultancy behind “A Human Approach to Innovation and Change” and author of Transform Your Business. A change-bringer and travel addict helping companies achieve their goals in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Brazil and the USA as well as in the UK.A fully qualified Executive Business Coach.Lead for projects moving people, product and technology.A straight shooter too.  An unashamed and disarmingly honest disrupter. ‘Without being truly honest about where we are today, we can’t get to where we want to be tomorrow.’A champion of people as the most important part of any change, yes, even technology changes.Owner of a fully-loaded entrepreneurial spirit with an emergency back-up holster full of human-centric engagement techniques.  ‘Entrepreneurship – it’s a state of mind.’
One of the biggest change challenges is still not resolved.  Racism.  Is it even evolving - has the colour-climate changed at all since the 60s?  The Change Trouble-shooter Nina Dar, daughter of a mixed-race marriage, interviews her number one role models – her mum and dad – who married in secret 50 years ago.  They share thoughts about how they overcame opposition and disapproval, made a successful marriage and created a happy and secure environment for three daughters who grew up unaware that their family was in any way unusual. Nina’s expertise is a human approach to innovation and change.  Change won’t happen if people don’t buy in, believe and make the journey.  This podcast explores where her lifelong curiosity and dedication to change started for Nina; with her role models.  
Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

2020-06-0124:13

Welcome to the 1st episode of The Change Troubleshooter, a brand new podcast from Nina Dar, founder of Cheeky Monkey Business Solutions Management Consultancy that created “A Human Approach to Innovation and Change” and author of Transform Your Business. Since setting up Cheeky Monkey in 2004, Nina has been helping companies achieve their goals in some of the most exciting places on earth to do business, such as Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and the USA as well as on her  home turf here in the UK. She is also a fully qualified Executive Business Coach.Nina’s projects are a diverse mix, focusing on people, product and technology. Her style is unashamedly disruptive as she believes that without being truly honest about where we are today, we can’t get to where we want to be tomorrow.Digital transformation, particularly PLM has dominated her work for the last 10 years but she continues to champion people as the most important part of all technology projects.Nina has had a few commercial ventures in her story but doesn’t see herself as an entrepreneur, as such, but she definitely has an entrepreneurial spirit.  She describes herself as out to prove that change can be managed differently, unafraid to say what everyone else is thinking. She is driven by the desire for change to be a human interaction, first and foremost.  The fact that she has built a successful consultancy and has had successful partnerships, is accidental. She believes entrepreneurship is a state of mind.We discover how travel influenced her and would drive her to work in various companies not confined by the idea of a traditional career. Wherever she worked, her keen eye and intellect always spotted that there was room for improvement, and obvious ways to operate better and more efficiently. In this episode she shares her story so we may understand who she is and her journey to becoming The Change Troubleshooter. In this first episode, Entrepreneurship, Nina explains how all this started.
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