The idea of the Execs Factor was a blatant X-Factor spoof. Not that I thought Simon Cowell would mind for one minute. 8 acts. 4 judges. 2 presenters. I writer. And me. The Ringmaster (or Mistress). Hand picked from the local Brighton business community.
Hands up those who’ve never sung their fave song in front of a mirror. We’ve all done it. When no-one’s watching. The Execs Factor was an opportunity to perform in front of a crowd as Tina Turner, Freddie Mercury, Beyonce, Kate Bush, Moulin Rouge can can girls in ruffles, Agnetha, Anni-Frid or Madonna, Stevie Nicks in suspenders or a pastiche of Barnum’s best of the best.
Credit for the Execs Factor light bulb moment rests with the Yin to my Yang. Katie Gibson. When two likeminded individuals with shared values and a common work ethic find themselves in the same room that’s when the magic happens. Katie has walked beside me on this journey every step of the way. We’ve been Thelma & Louise, Cagney & Lacey and Betty & Wilma. She’s steeley and canny, driven and determined with super human organisational powers with a glass half full approach to life. Whenever I felt a storm brewing Katie was the sunshine that made the rainbow appear.
The other two members of my gang were Leah Mooney and James Dempster. What a double act. On and off stage. They helped me see hurdles were there to be jumped. Obstacles were there to be overcome and challenges there to be addressed. When I was tearing my hair they encouraged me take a step back, take a deep breath and take stock without going stir crazy.
In business it used to be a case that it was what you know that was the golden egg. Swifty supercecded by who you know then who knows you. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that Freddie Mercury aka Mark Newman was big mates with a spitting image Simon Cowell look-alike, Andy Penfold.
My panel of Execs Factor judges was complete. Joining Simon was the larger than life Steve Darby - with fingers in pizzas and pies and hands on the streering wheel of cab land of Brighton. Katie Gibson, the powerhouse blonde bombshell from Pier Recruitment. And Totally Hela. The ultimate Connectress and leader of a tribe of female founders of trailblazers and changemakers.
The panel and the presenters were my cohorts. Partners in crime who joined me in pulling in a crowd of 239 guests, putting on a show and raising £10,000.
I have always recognised great things in business are never done by just one person. They’re done by a team of people where ME becomes WE. Teamwork makes dreams work. Camararderie is the secret sauce that leads common folk to achieve uncommon results.
Now It’s time for me to step back and ask the following to all take a bow as they were instrumental in turning my vision onto a reality, making the impossible possible and The Execs Factor the talk of town. Thank you. You are all my secret hot sauce.
- Leah Mooney - Leah Mooney Content Writer
- James Dempster - Cobb Digital
- Katie Gibson - Pier Recruitment
- Hela Wozniak-Kay - Totally Hela
- Andy Penfold - Simon Cowell lookalike
- Steve Darby - City Cabs
- Andy Stenning and dancers - Clearline Recruitment
- Mark Newman and dancers - Silverstar Cleaning
- Ashlea Piper - Focus Group
- The Girls - Mercedes Benz of Brighton
- Jordan Mackay and the girls - Mishon Mackay
- Jon Rush - HR Smart
- Nick Ford - Nick Ford Photography
- The Gang - Phileas Fogg
- Chichi Revolver
- Cherry Shakewell
- Dolly Rocket
- Sharon Starr
- Lauren Gibson
- The Team - Mascol Events
- James Johnson - Picture Book Films
- PW Performers
- Jez Kay – justjez.com
- Theo Wozniak-Kay
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