Alex is a successful businessman and entrepreneur.  After a spell at Harvard Business School he began in IT and then moved into management consultancy.  He has set up a string of international companies specialising in business performance profiling and profit maximisation.  He is the author of the best selling “Constant Change: Why Bringing Your Umbrella Means It Will Rain”.  His skills are highly sought after; having worked on transitioning processes with Microsoft, Walmart, ConocoPhillips, Bank of America as well as the US Department of Homeland Security, the NHS in Britain and here at home the HSE, Fine Gael and National Toll Roads.  He is, according to Business Week, “an inspirational thinker”.

Or is he?

This play uses invisible theatre to unexpectedly and humourously engage the audience.  Our fictional scenario challenges leadership views on staff motivation and recognition, and the session subsequently explores the impact on performance in your own workplace.

Leadership | Staff Recognition | Motivation


SAM: I mean what I was trying to say was that while, clearly, the boss has to ultimately make calls on things, it is my opinion that the best and most profitable companies are those where the staff are heard and validated. The great organisations see that the particular expertise of those in each area is invaluable. When people are listened to and their ideas are implemented they feel part of something. So they're not just employees but are involved. They feel that they contribute. They're heard. They're valued. They belong.

ALEX: (joking wink to audience) To what? A commune!

SAM: (frustrated) Look all I'm saying that it's not all about who's in the office on the top floor, it's not a one person endeavour that...sorry, I'm saying that a company is a group of people working together towards a common goal. It means more than one person. Company, as in together.

ALEX: I do know what company means. I employ thousands of people all over the world. Thousands of people. That is more than one person.

SAM: Yes, I know you do. That's not what I'm saying.

ALEX: Well. What are you saying?

SAM: I'm saying that . . . . your expertise. . . the knowledge that you've gained over the years is not just about you. It comes from the work of...

ALEX: My knowledge comes from where? (pause) Well?