Bobby Orr, corporate culture and international businesses

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O’LEARY’S SPORTS BAR, KØBENHAVNS LUFTHAVN KASTRUP — I’m sitting on a big stool at the counter of O’Leary’s watching an ice hockey game on the big screen. I am too tired to see who’s playing. I may or may not have a very large, hops-based beverage in front of me.

The menu is tempting me with a “Bobby Orr Burger”. How many people in the world will know what that means? How many will care?

(Bobby Orr was a hockey successful hockey player for the Boston Bruins in the 1970s. A nice guy and a great hockey player… He was the Zidane, Phelps, or Nadal of his day, and the day was more than 30 years ago… in Boston.)

But it makes me immeasurably happy.

So that’s what you can get in the airport in Copenhagen.

But the day didn’t start there. It started addressing the top 300 leaders of a big multinational. A company with many, many different nationalities, but two dominant ones. And you could not really imagine a more chalk and cheese combination… There are awkward hugs and groups assembled over lunch by nationality. It’s a fantastic study of national culture vs corporate culture…

When the issues are on the table there is nonetheless a great commonality… an impatience with theory and complexity… an appetite for discussion of new products and R&D…. and a monumental informality that had me presenting to the chief executive in a small break-out where he participated like everyone else.

The organisation is facing troubles like most others. But the sheer force of will, and inherent optimism makes you sincerely wish them only the best of results.

Wherever they may hang their skates.

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5 Responses

  1. Liam Fitzpatrick
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    David – next time go upstairs to the Hereford Steak Bar – outrageously expensive but considerably more edible!

    Liam

  2. David Ferrabee
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    Liam, that’s right, I forgot thet you almost live in the Copenhagen airport. That does sound better. I saved you from the description of the red sjuasages that I actually had there.
    Ouch.
    /df

  3. Liam Fitzpatrick
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    Still – there must be an award for the most awful airport dining ever (I nominate most French airports!).

    But Copenhagen is actually a very interesting place for communicators – although Denmark is a tiny country the IC profession does seem to be alive and kicking. There are some great pro’s working in Copenhagen.

  4. David Ferrabee
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    I couldn’t argue. Because I must admit I don’t know…

    But on the dining front, have you ever tried to get a bite to eat in Riyadh airport? Don’t. And yet the goat curry stew in the Emirates lounge in Dubai is to die for…

  5. Liam Fitzpatrick
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    As we speak, Marc will be tucking into a steak at CPH…

    I love French Airports – they seem to mostly stopped pretending that an airport is an appropriate place to do anything more than buy Milka for your daughter and overpriced scent for your missus/mistress.

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