Viral leadership TV Episode 1 – famous for five minutes…

Update: uneven audio volume now sorted – I know this has been a problem. Sorry folks – iMovie ’09 newbie…

A very warm welcome to viewers of Viral Leadership TV or VLTV for short – the video blog which aims to catalyse conversation about leadership.

This first episode is the launch of this blog and in it I talk about 3 things:

  1. In this 2nd decade of the 21st century, what does this thing called leadership look like to me?
  2. What is my personal driver in putting this video blog out there?
  3. If you stick around for future episodes, what are some of the leadership ideas you going to be seeing and hearing me conversing about?

Back in the 1960’s, Andy Warhol was quoted as saying that “everyone was entitled to be famous for fifteen minutes”. In today’s attention-deficit age, you are probably down to 5 mins max, which is why the VLTV episodes will feature me speaking for said time šŸ™‚

Notes for Episode 1

  1. Intro animation by Chazodude (Charlie), my young apprentice. Great work that boy. Still waiting to agree remuneration for this effort with his Dad though šŸ˜‰
  2. For the curious, the intro music is “You Have a Special Purpose in Life” by Steve Jablonsky. Highly apt I thought. This is the soundtrack from the 2005 film “The Island” – another song from this movie “My Name is Lincoln” was used by James Cameron more recently in Avatar.
  3. Closing music is Runrig – “Hearts of Olden Glory” from the album “The Cutter and the Clan”. To a Scot, Runrig music is very evocative stuff – the sort of stuff which in the past got you running across the heather madly waving your wee pointy sword towards the English cannon ranged up against you on the other side of the battlefield!
  4. Karl Wallenda died at age 73 and not 83 as I erroneously mention in the video!
  5. Ricky’s ’10S framework’ has never in fact been published (those moved to do so are welcome to nick the idea). However, I did use the slide one time with one of my teams in a presentation during a Pecha Kucha Night we ran for a bit of a laugh.
  6. The picture in the closing credits is me looking out to sea from the Applecross penninsula in the North West of Scotland out to the Hebredian Islands of Raasay, Rona and Skye – shot quite near these cottages



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8 Responses to “Viral leadership TV Episode 1 – famous for five minutes…”

  1. Dan Rockwell Says:


    Thanks for dropping into my blog and leaving a link to your video blog. I appreciate your honesty and look forward to your ideas on servant leadership.

    The volume of this video was a problem for me. I could barely hear you but the closing credits nearly gave me a heart attack.. šŸ™‚

    All the best in this new venture

    Leadership Freak
    Dan Rockwell

  2. Katy Says:

    Not bad! I love the little pictures above your head! You might want to get a microphone of some kind – the audio is a little low (even with my volume turned all the way up) but it’s a great start! Nice work on the animations Charlie!

  3. Will Lukang Says:

    Hi Ricky,

    Excellent concept on VL.TV. I agree with you that leadership is a spiritual thing that aim to bring out the best in others.

    Congratulations on attaining 50 years of service at your firm. Perhaps in your future VL.TV you might want to talk about the different leaders that you’ve worked with and what is like to work for them.

    I would suggest that you create an account in Twitter. I’ll tweet about your VL.TV tonight. Hopefully it will drive more audience to your blog. Also, in the future, I’ll put a link from my blog to yours. Let me know if you are ok with that. Finally, the five minutes blogs is perfect. It is short and concise. Good Luck on your future VLTV.


    Will Lukang

  4. Will Lukang Says:

    Hi Ricky,

    I just tweet about your blog. Good Luck!


    Will Lukang

  5. strategyaudit Says:

    Hi Rick,
    Ejoyed the episode, and agree with Dan Rockwell, above, the volume variation is a problem.

    Allen Roberts

  6. Will Says:

    Great stuff and great to hear your voice again

  7. rickyabache Says:

    Dan, Allen – sorry about the audio… think I have fixed this now. Learnt how to normalise volume of clips in iMovie ’09 – another new skill for newbie vlogger!

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