I spent most of the day in a training seminar with all middle and senior management in the Committee. In the morning, we were addressed by Ben Walden (son of Brian), who is one of Olivier Mythodrama’s senior partners and an excellent actor. He took us through William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, teasing out the lessons within it about influence and leadership. In the first place, this was great fun, and not just because Walden brilliantly brought to life the characters and themes in Shakespeare’s play. The whole thing was a group experience and there were also interactive elements to the course. The basic message I, as Secretary General, wanted to get across, is that we are all – at whatever level and in whatever specialisation – part of the same management team, and that we must all pull together. A strong secondary message is that, to my mind, leadership is a public good and we owe it to ourselves and to those we manage to give ourselves such ‘time outs’ to think things through and discuss the common challenges we face.