An unusual request came in recently from the Local Government Information Unit – they have asked us to run an event for Chief Executives on how to save money without costing the earth. I have done a few jobs for Public Services over the years but never been asked to help civil servants do uncivilised things to themselves, such as making cuts. Clearly, we will not be using guitars for this one and it is the realm of our serious day job at Human Dynamics. I am aware from personal experience that Public Services can sometimes find it hard to make the joined up cuts that actually help them deliver services more effectively, preferring to make ‘easier’ cuts that look good on paper, but which damage efficiency and effectiveness overall. One Council I know has recently sacked a load of receptionists. Seems OK? Unfortunately, it now takes people 15 minutes to get into the building with the huge impact on wasted time etc.
Anyway, on a less serious note, I have been asked to launch The Business Women’s Network in a few locations in the coming months. Somewhat strangely, they have asked me to speak on ‘Sex, Love, Relationships and Rock’n’Roll’. I would have thought that they would be much more clued up on business relationships than us men. Anyway, we’ll see.
Finally, I had a day in the studio with Bernie Torme the other day – Bernie is a lovely chap with a fantastic high end studio in a beautiful location in Kent. He has played with Ozzy Osbourne, the prince of darkness and Ian Gillan of Deep Purple. Bernie is available as part of our Musical Experiences portfolio and we shared many interesting stories about the bizarre business of Rock’n’Roll.
And finally, showcasing a great young talent – The amazing Sam Laming, who plays a range of medieval instruments and famously offers a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody on the Ukelele. We will be incorporating Sam in our Musical Experience events in castles, dungeons and Holiday Inns around the world in the coming months.