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Friday Footnote # 156

Written by / Friday 8th December 2023

Each week we share loads of content amongst Team ION and with our network. Content that inspires us, which we find helpful, or just makes us smile. We thought we would start sharing these insights every Friday. Welcome to Friday Footnote.


On Wednesday this week we popped into the TEDxSwansea event at the Taliesin Arts Centre on the Swansea University Singleton campus, to see our School of Management colleague (and ION alumni!) Georgios Dimitropoulos give a fantastic talk on uniting AI, innovation and immunotherapy to redefine cancer care. Great talk Georgios. 

We also managed to catch talks from Shazia Hussain who discussed how neurodiverse minds are changing the world, and Daniel Biddle, the most seriously injured survivor of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London in 2005, discuss turning trauma into triumph. A hugely inspiring couple of hours spent, we just wish we could of stayed longer. 

New Masters programme launched by School of Management 

Our friends in the Swansea University School of Management (our new home!), have this week announced their latest Masters programme, Advanced Management (Complex Systems), MSc / PGDip.

This innovative programme will equip students with the skills to master the intricacies of managing complexity across sectors like ICT, Engineering, Aquaculture, Defence, Cyber Security, and Health and Care.

  • Explore a blend of theoretical concepts and real-world applications from various industries.
  • Dive into theories and models from complex systems, socio-technical systems, and complexity theory. 
  • Gain insights into asset and operations management, applying theory to real-world problem-solving. 

To find out more, either visit the website or get in touch with Adam from the team on


Open up new opportunities by implementing Circular Economy principles Capture.PNG

Introducing circular economy principles into your business offers a range of reasons that can positively impact your bottom line, brand reputation, and long-term sustainability. Here's why you should consider adopting circular economy principles; Cost Savings, Competitive Advantage, Innovation Opportunities, Regulatory Compliance, Supply Chain Resilience. 

Transitioning to a circular economy requires a shift in mindset and business strategies with increased circular economy knowledge and innovation skills. However, the long-term benefits in terms of sustainability, cost savings, and business growth can be substantial, making it a worthwhile endeavour for forward-thinking businesses.

CEIC are running a fully funded programme to support businesses to develop their circular economy understanding and innovation plans to support clean growth and contribute to Welsh Government’s ‘Net Zero Wales’ ambitions.

Adam from the team is on the current programme and it comes highly recommended. To express an interest in the fully-funded 6 month programme starting in January 2024 visit their website.

Coaching in talent management programmes 

On Thursday this week Adam attended an ILM webinar discussing coaching in talent management programmes. 

It was really interesting to hear the speakers discuss the factors that support successful talent coaching interventions, talent coaching as a catalyst for leadership change, the talent coaching matrix, and the ethical challenges involved in talent coaching.

Coaching has always played a key role in how ION deliver our programmes, with delegates on our Level 5 leadership programme receiving upto 3 coaching sessions with our in-house executive coach. As the programme moves forward, coaching will continue to be a part of our offering to support businesses and their leaders. Keep an eye on our website for future updates. 

Become an extraordinary leader with ION

For over 14 years we have supported leaders at all levels to become extraordinary leaders. Whether you are just starting your leadership journey, or want to freshen up your skills and learn how best to implement the latest thinking, strategies and best practice into your business, we are here to help. 

Get in touch with Adam on to arrange a chat to find out how we can work with you to develop extraordinary leaders in your organisation.

#FridayFootnote will be taking a short break next week, but we will be back in a few weeks time.  

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