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Leadership Advice from Feargal Sharkey at the IoD Hertfordshire Christmas Lunch

12 Dec 2018

IoD Hertfordshire Hears from Feargal Sharkey at our IoD Herts & Beds Christmas Lunch

On Friday 7th December IoD Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire met at the beautiful St Michael’s Manor Hotel in St Albans for our very first Charity Christmas Lunch. Guests arrived at 12pm and were greeted with a glass of Prosecco, had a chance to buy raffle tickets and catch up with other business leaders who were present at the event.

We were then seated in the hotels ‘Orangery’ which overlooked their beautiful gardens and lake. Before lunch was served, we heard from Sharn Tomlinson, CEO of Mind in Mid Herts, our chosen charity for this year’s lunch. Sharn spoke about the great work that Mind in Mid Herts are doing for the local community and how it is especially important over the Christmas period.

We enjoyed 3 delicious courses followed by coffee and mince pies and then heard from our after-dinner speaker Feargal Sharkey.

Feargal spoke about his music career and the reason he shot to success with the Undertones was not through all the marketing mechanisms, but simply sending a copy of the record to John Peel and him playing it over and over on the radio, because he loved it so much.  He spoke about how the creative industry contributes more to the British economy than the financial sector, with the British music industry growing by 7.6% last year. Feargal suggested that other industry sectors could learn a lot from the success in leadership from within the British creative sector.

He spoke about leadership coming down to someone who is willing to make the call, for example, accountants and lawyers of U2 and Adelle advised music executives to walk away, luckily they didn’t! In fact, the British Music industry is known across the world for having executives who are willing to take a risk.

Feargal went on to speak about the importance of leadership to staff morale and how Richard Branson, when he took over the West Coast train line and discovered that only £400 had been spent on entertainment for 18,000 members of staff, invited every single member of staff and their families to his home so he could personally shake their hand and thank them for their hard work. Imagine the productivity increase as a result of that.

It was lovely to see so many new and familiar faces and also amazing to see all our IoD Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Ambassadors together to enjoy what was a brilliant and very successful Christmas Lunch which raised £380 for Mind in Mid Herts.

A big thank you goes to our sponsors for the event, Branko Ltd and Kingston Smith and our Ambassadors who  give so much time and help.


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