Well, I must say that I do like our new place. A lot. It has this quality about it: if feels like we’ve already been here for ages. I am, naturally, intimidated sitting opposite HRH JMc especially because of her habit of pristine tidiness. I have responded in a suitably petty way by plonking and old and ugly printer in her line of sight.
Now, I must alert my reader to a possible marketing faux pas. For a while now, I have been following engagement and IC discussion groups on LinkedIn. Every so often, I contribute to one. Well, to cut a long story short, someone on one of the groups wondered if anyone had any experience of engaging senior leaders and managers and hoi polloi with strategy, vision, values and so on. I noticed that a certain Karen Topp, Performance Manager at British Gas Business, had contributed. Not wishing to miss an Opportunity to Impress, I volunteered WMW’s experience in managing Phil Bentley’s British Gas Get On The Bus Roadshow a few years back. I outlined the process, and had meant to include the following snippet of wisdom: “4) Everyone walks to the beautifully designed stage through an experiential tunnel, a bit like a large hadron collider of ideas.”
Unhappily, what I actually wrote, and published to the world of influential IC/Engagement specialists was: “4) Everyone walks to the beautifully designed stage through an experiential tunnel, a bit like a large hardon collider of ideas.”