On the work front, Amelia Parisian, Craigberoch’s Head of Programs and I ran a fun workshop with a global team from a large pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland (I can’t tell you the name]
The team’s core focus is on improving access to medicines in developing countries and the Team Lead had asked us to come in and run a workshop that would help them think out of the box on new ways of doing this. There was also a view that they could improve the way they interact as a globally dispersed team and be more collaborative, creative and develop a better working culture.
We brought in cast members from the world of Improv, nature meditation, art and a fabulous musician who provided the background music during the day. In the evening we had a fireside chat, discussing topics such as social innovation and intrapreneurship within their business.
I’m delighted to say that the feedback was incredibly positive and the team seemed to get a lot out of it. Although Craigberoch wants to bring a lot of people to Bute, we can also bring the magic of Bute to office and virtual environments. So, if you’re interested in doing something similar within your organisation then let’s have a chat!
In August I also started a new engagement as an advisor to the Schwab Foundation in Geneva, the social enterprise arm of the World Economic Forum. They’re planning to launch a major new intrapreneurship program at Global Intrapreneurship Week on 10-14 October that will involve major corporate supporters such as Salesforce.com. We’re working currently on the design but I’ll share more information on the launch event in next month’s Bullog and how aspiring intrapreneurs can submit their ideas. It should be a cracking event.
On the personal front…….
One of the social highlights of August was attending the Bute Highland Games which takes place on the 3rd weekend of August every year. This year was rather special as it was the 75th anniversary of this event which involves everything from pipe band competitions, highland dancing and the famous tossing of the caber. It’s a great spectacle – especially the march past of the pipe bands down the main high Street at the end of the day. A family friend Iain MacLeod produced a fabulous book commemorating the 75th anniversary and there’s even a picture of yours truly in there when I competed in the team event in 1985. For those of you who read by book, you’ll recall the story in Chapter 3. For those of you haven’t, why not?
Lastly, my partner and I were able to take a few days off and jump in the car and head to the south of France for one of these completely unscripted and emergent holidays. We booked our accommodation on the same day based on where ever the mood took us and found ourselves in the beautiful little town of Cassis not far from Marseille, which boasts amazing coves and fjords. The seafood on the promenade wasn’t too bad either.
OK, that’s more than enough for now folks. If you enjoy this monthly ramble then do feel free to suggest others sign up here. Until next month,