Our year at Global Integration has kicked off to a great start.
Early each year, our senior consultants meet to share learnings from the previous year and kick off the coming one. This year that meeting has been happening this week. Whilst CEO Kevan Hall had a carefully planned, business focussed agenda, none of us had forgotten that this year marks our 20th birthday.
Whilst the official company ‘birth’ date is April 1 (which will be funny to those who know the date as April Fools Day), the opportunity to celebrate didn’t go missed, and as a suprise Kevan was asked to pull mementoes from a sack after each break. Some were reminders of things that went wrong along the way, like the day when three consultants turned up at a hotel to find that only one room with one bed had been booked, and only one room with one bed was available (the perils of travel!). Some were reminders of where the company started, including an early piece of media coverage: Global Warming. Most had a funny story. So what’s that to do with you? It’s a bit of a teaser really: watch out for more later this year as we celebrate two decades of offering landmark training.
Also on our meeting agenda was the plans for our war on bad meetings. We know people have had enough, and we’re resolved to sort it out. (Yes – we had a productive meeting about meetings!) If you want to ensure that you don’t miss out on either the advice or the fun, you can sign up for our email roundup of each week’s blogposts using the link above (on most devices) beside the radar (RSS) symbol. Please do give us your stories to get us started!
And to end this lighthearted Friday blog, last year we held a Global Working video competition, which was won by Nicolas Bori’s entry. With his winnings, he took time out from work to cross Africa. He blogged about this adventure for us at the end of last year – Crossing Africa on a Truck to get a Different Perspective – in which he also described his search for ‘crowdfunding’ to turn his video footage into documentaries. We were delighted this week to hear that he has beaten that initial funding target.
We’re sure you’ll join us in congratulating Nicolas, and hope you’ll be joining us for our campaign and celebrations over the coming year.