Magazine article Management Today

Speaking out Ian Daly GROUP MARKETING DIRECTOR, COMPASS

Magazine article Management Today

Speaking out Ian Daly GROUP MARKETING DIRECTOR, COMPASS

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There you are, happily contemplating the world as you know it and wham! your company is being 'merged'. There is much talk about economies of scale and you wonder whether your job will be part of them. Then your bass calls. 'I'm due to make the keynote speech at a major industry conference. Of course, with this merger on I have to remain in London. All the materials are there and it's a cracking speech -- so I'd like you to do it.'

Ian Daly's boss, Michael Bailey, threw him the hospital pass just 24 hours before the SS Oriana was due to sail from Southampton with the 700-strong Catering Forum aboard. No doubt as his blood turned to iced water he weighed up the possibilities: it could be an opportunity to showcase his undoubted talents to potential employers. His stock could have gone up. But, in the event, like the Oriana, it went south. A straw poll of delegates afterwards concluded that he had bombed. …

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