We sat in the room in Whitehall favoured by former Chancellors of the Exchequer for the annual AGM of the IABC. It was an historic occasion. Sir David Varney, Chairman of an organisation (HMRC) that collects money at a rate that makes Bill Gates look like a VP of Trooter Inc, talked about how he engaged people behind the mission of his organisation. OK, he's a civil servant - but he got here via running Shell, British Gas and O2. So he probably could tell us a thing or two about leadership.
But the historic bit came - not from Sir David - but from the IABC. The Association that represents corporate communicators around the world appeared confident, successful, and determined not just for the UK, but for the whole of Europe. So thanks to Eleanor Curtis, outgoing President, Russell Grossman who hosted the event, and Amy Moser who takes over as Chair, for launching the next 12 months of IABC with a brio, style and a confidence that made me feel convinced that this is an association that is going to kick awareness, attitudes and actions in the year ahead.
Eleanor quoted Eisenhower: "You can achieve anything as long as you don't mind who takes the credit"
IABC UK is just that.