02 August 2016
In the late 80’s there was a trend for “teamwork” training for management teams based on popular activity based TV programmes. So it was that in late 1989, I ended up in Theakston with my colleagues at a nice hotel on a Friday evening poised for a weekend of active team-based problem solving. On the Friday evening there was a sumptuous dinner, and in the briefing afterwards the leader of the organisers gave us a pre-weekend pep talk. Part of his spiel was that no activity we would undertake over the weekend would be more strenuous than a brisk afternoon’s gardening. There was a pause before our Research Director announced from his table that ”he had a man to do that for him”.