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The CEO Burst Into Tears

Posted: 23rd August 2017

Dear CEO,

A CEO was asked when he had last heard bird song.
The CEO burst into tears.
He had been living a life of offices, taxis, trains and planes. Incessantly.

What about you?
What are you hearing? Now? Routinely?
Intermittent high pitched screeching? The threatening bass riff from Jaws? Maybe a happily creative jam session. You are part of a great team.
Who is the arranger, the conductor in all of this?

And what of the whispers?
The lows and highs on the edge of hearing?
What sense are you making of these? Great ideas in the making? The fin of an inbound shark?
A whisper that you are adrift? In the wrong place?

Back to the tearful CEO.
There’s something right there about being disconnected from something deeply important.
Something we are missing in our flat worlds of screens, spread-sheets, tables, flip-charts, floors, roads and runways.
Something that refreshes, inspires, and energises. And a whole lot more.

Dear CEO,
When did you last hear bird song?
And listen?
Deeply? In awe? Enchanted? Content?

If you have found this stimulating, we would love to help you reconnect, refresh, and re-energise.

One such opportunity is Highland Hack “Fresh Directions” 9 – 13 Oct 17, a 4 night hotel-hopping, 3-day facilitated walking journey through the Highlands for a small group of business leaders looking to write the next chapter of their lives. And here is a one-minute video that provides a small taste of the journey.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dave Stewart
Managing Director
The Fresh Air Learning Company
Email: dave@freshairlearning.com
Tel: 0800 052 7900

fresh airThe Fresh Air Learning Company is on a mission to breathe fresh air into the effectiveness and resilience of boards, senior teams and leaders.

Why? We know how shifts in self-awareness, trust, collective thinking, courageous conversations, and powerful storytelling can lift an organisation. Been there. Done it. And now helping others dodge the risks and leap ahead of avoidable underperformance.

How? Bespoke experiences, journeys and programmes. Outdoors. Indoors. The right place for the client. Powerful. Unforgettable.

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