Weekly Wrap – 6th November 2014


Hi I am Tom McLeod, Co-Founder of McLeod Governance.

This is what I would be thinking about this week.

The Story Of U2’s Sound Engineer

In a recent chat show, U2 was talking about their recently released album.

The interesting point that was made by Bono, their lead singer, was that their sound engineer has been with them since their sixth gig.

That’s right – the sixth time that one of the biggest bands of the last forty years got together the sound engineer has been with them since then.

Value of Fresh Set of Eyes

That observation made me start thinking about the value of experience and why in organisations we are always so keen to have that concept of fresh eyes.

Would fresh eyes help U2 in this stage of their development or indeed any time over the last 35 years?

Be Careful Discarding Experience 

And if your answer is no and you would prefer someone that has had detailed and extensive experience why then do we apply a different rule within our organisations?

I suspect I know the answer but I want to challenge you in your organisations to determine whether sometimes by discarding experience after a pre-determined period of time you are losing the benefits of that experience.

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