I have recently been discussing the subject of Risk. Risk means different things to different people and organisations, depending on whether you are an early stage venture or well established business/charity for example. Personally, I see it as risk management and risk taking – or good and bad risk. Risk management means controlling those things that might go wrong in an organisation, and that might bring you down (or keep you awake at night) and risk taking is investing, developing or changing your regular or new business. It’s quite a tricky balance in any organisation whatever your size.
I hope by the next blog we will have exceeded our first 1,000 clubs – we have a number of contracts out for signing with local authorities and sports bodies that would mean we would be well over that 1000 mark. As I have said before, it’s a long process for them then to convert to the end users getting on the system and using it properly and this is the bit we really love – hearing the positive feedback from end-users, along with their ideas and suggestions.
I enjoyed delivering a key note speech this week at the Sport and Recreational Alliance Directors Evening on my favourite subject – using technology to create social change. I always get really nervous before any major speech, pitch or generally big audience events. My poor husband and Alex at RunAClub are used to this and throw a multitude of very helpful ‘jollying up’ motivational comments at me. And of course its always absolutely fine – in fact I have to admit I love it! The minute I stand up, I’m off!
I’ve been asked to deliver two keynote speeches in September, slightly different perspectives and very different audiences (sport and education) but I will look forward to an opportunity to highlight my mantra of the importance of using technology to bring about social change in communities; building platforms for the next generation.