On Thursday 13th June the hall rang to the applause of a capacity crowd enjoying the Employment Panel’s “Leading like a Lion – an evening with Rory Underwood”.
After an exceptional meal the audience settled down to a presentation on the challenges of creating high performance teams; drawing on Rory’s experience as an International Rugby Player, fighter pilot and business consultant helping organisations with performance enhancement.
Having looked at how we are all members of different and sometimes conflicting teams, Rory outlined the need for leaders to provide an environment of empowerment in which people can develop and be successful. He illustrated this with footage of low-level flying at over 500 mph and a discussion on how operational procedures enable pilots to make instant decisions with confidence.
Whilst the light-hearted and fast paced presentation provided food for thought it was the question and answer session which showed the underlying passion on which Rory draws to be successful. For many, the candid and highly personal responses to questions around life in Rugby and the RAF were the highlight of the evening. Access to our guest before and after the event meant many left the evening with a truly personal and unique experience. The panel’s thanks go to the Hall Staff for their organisation, to Cook & Butler for co-sponsoring the event and to Rory Underwood who gave his time freely and generously to support the charitable work of the WCIT.
The event raised over £900 which has been donated to the WCIT Charity. Paul Finch (Panel Chair), reflected that the event was a thumping success and would like to personally thank Nick Claydon for all his hard work in pulling it together and the Hall staff for their usual excellent support.