I went to bed with Gavin Esler last Thursday night and had breakfast with him the following morning.. It’s this kind of ohrwurm (German for earwig) that can create the scandalous impression inside your head that I’m “up to stuff” with the Newsnight presenting novelist. In fact, all I did was watch him on TV at night (from the monogamous comfort of my marital duvet) and then host a Books for Breakfast with him for the members and guests of Soho House the next day (see below).
Gavin was sharing the ideas in his new book Lessons From The Top – How Successful Leaders Tell Stories to Get Ahead – and Stay There , which covers the basic rules of being in power by telling stories that stick to the hearts and minds of your followers. The book also covers counter-stories, IE how to unstick a negative story and replace it with something else. Examples come in all shapes and sizes… Reagan, Mandela, Thatcher, Jolie, Dyke (Greg)…. all brilliant, all fascinating.
Thanks to Peter Greenwood for taking the pics.