It’s people who make it happen

Posted: March 6, 2012 in Business/Cardiff News, Events, Opinion
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In the last 24 hours I have attended two business events where speakers from totally different walks of life emphasised to the audience that whatever successful organisation you analyse it is the quality of the people in them that make it work.

Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of ITV

Last night I was one of around 200 guests of the Cardiff Business Club who listened to the lecture given by Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of ITV. I was enthralled by his clear, honest appraisal of what has been achieved by the organisation since he took over as Chief Executive in 2010. He explained how he has gone back to basics, and once again ITV are producing award-winning content. One example is the incredibly successful drama Downton Abbey, which is being sold around the world, giving valuable additional income to advertising revenue which had been hit by the recession.

He told the Cardiff audience that ITV was committed to regional programming and news / current affairs. All the changes he described had been brought about by a talented group of people who now had a clear direction, ensuring ITV a sustainable future.

This theme of talented, committed people was echoed by an inspiring and yet humbling lecture given by Lt. Col James de Labilliere of the 1st Rifles Regiment,based in Chepstow. He related to an audience at the M4 Breakfast Club in the Celtic Manor in some detail the work undertaken in extreme conditions by his regiment during their last tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Lt Col James de Labilliere of the 1st Rifles Regiment

He paid tribute to all his regiment; their bravery, commitment, camaraderie and selflessness, as well as the strength and support of their families, friends and communities back home.

When two injured riflemen came round to collect money for their ‘Swift and Bold’ (the 1st Rifles’ motto) wristband appeal, I was genuinely embarassed not to have any money on me. Hence I have made a donation to the appeal today. If you would like to donate, you can do so at – or by clicking here

The common theme for me in both lectures was the great importance of not only inspiring leadership, as Adam and James exemplify, but also the importance of their recognition that without disciplined, highly trained, high quality, committed, passionate, creative people, neither organisation could succeed in their separate missions.

I was truly impressed by both men who really did remind me that however good leadership is, without good people an organisation can never prosper.

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