Friday, 4 April 2008

Drama in Ireland

I have just flown back from Ireland's IMI National Management conference where I was speaking to around 300 CEOs and senior management from Ireland's top companies about Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enabling Enterprise in business...

And what a fantastic event it was. Held at the stunning new Ritz Carlton in County Wicklow I met some amazing people and also sat through some brilliant speakers; Dan Pink talking about how to give your organisation new 'right brain' thinking, Tony Keohane CEO of Tesco Ireland talking about their initiatives to achieve sustainability and young entrepreneur Colum O'Sullivan talking about how he created the charming Cully & Sully fresh food brand.

But the best speaker of all was Laurence Olivier's son Richard who presented a one hour session on leadership through an exploration of Shakespeare's Henry V. How to take leadership of a highly brittle, tense and suspicious organisation (Britain in the 15th century), creating your vision, overcoming obstacles (invasion of France), living through the 'Dark Night of the Soul' (being surrounded by 40,000 French troops with only 8,000 able fighting men and knowing you are potentially sending them to their death), and motivating your troops to achieve victory in the face of absolute adversity (the Battle of Agincourt 1415.)

Brilliantly executed, hugely insightful and completely relevant - even in the 21st century. If you are planning an event and want an amazingly inspirational and entertaining speaker, I suggest you contact him!


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Tanya Middleton said...

Sounds like such an inspiring event, the comparison between Henry V and today's business world sounds amazing! Motivating events such as these are imperative to success. Re-thinking your best practices and views is the best way to implement change and growth. I actually work with Microsoft, and right now I’m really excited to spread the word about the “Vision to Venture” tour they’re having between April and May, which will consist of five live events. Featured speaker, John Jantsch is a marketing and digital technology coach, award-winning social media publisher, and author of Duct Tape Marketing: The World's Most Practical Small Business Marketing well as many other speakers offering industry tips. Our first event was momentous and we hope to continue on with our success. You can see more and register at so let me know what you think! And if you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to answer them 

Entrepreneur said...

Great work from Microsoft. A company that really knows about honour in war.

Guilty of all of the following:-

Formation of cartels
Price fixing
Product bundling and tying
Refusal to deal
Group boycott
Exclusive dealing
Bid rigging
Dividing territories
Conscious parallelism
Predatory pricing
Misuse of patents and copyrights

Launching products that are so full of holes that hackers are stealing my identity away.

Great Vision to Venture!