I went to a Halloween fancy dress last week togged up as the Duke of Wellington, (the theme was 'dead famous'), and this week I find myself thinking of the Grand old Duke of York.
I am at the wonderful Cedar Grand Hotel in York, about to lead a two-day Executive Programme on leadership for director-level personnel in design companies that I have had the opportunity to put together for the Design Business Association, (DBA).
The DBA's goal is, 'to accelerate the growth and increase the sophistication of design businesses through improved leadership practice'. This is to help them further strengthen their capability and capacity to compete more effectively in a globalising world.
For the 26 participants, the two-days is intended to, 'elevate and enhance their view and understanding of leadership and provide ideas, insight and tools to take back to their businesses to create greater impact through improved leadership practice'.
We have pulled together a great team of UK and international contributors. When this is combined with the experience and knowledge of the particpants who have come to York tonight from all over the country, (and with attendance from Scandanavia as well), I know that we are in for an exciting, insightful and transformative two days.
Well done DBA. More anon.