Scritti Politti Founder
Team Building Guru
Having been the drummer in a famous band, Scritti Politti, Tom describes what it's like being captain of the groove. How does this apply to running an organisation? You've got to listen to each other for a start.
What's the value of taking risks in public, why do we hate it, and how do we get over it? This stand-alone talk has an interactive option. Tom describes the benefits of team of 200 people drumming together, then the last 20 minutes is be spent making this a reality!
Tom was the original drummer in the band Scritti Politti back in the early eighties. Unlike other bands Scritti used to make songs up on stage. How is this significant to you? Tom is a master of reading the room and delivering exactly what your audience needs, with humour, skill and panache.Read more
Tom Morley is one of the most inspirational creatives I have ever worked with. His ideas spill out of him and the ability to make them happen comes straight afterwards. He is refreshing to listen to, is committed to his values and leaves the listener thinking "why not?" His drumming is pretty good too and he gets a party going like no other I know.
When you bring large numbers of people together, their first instinct is often to determine and demonstrate where they sit in the hierarchy. Tom’s ability to completely negate that hierarchy, in favour of unearthing the much more important red thread that binds a team together around an idea or an opportunity, is exceptional. He manages to tune in to and capture a resonance that everyone embraces, leaving people feeling not only personally inspired and motivated, but having formed what are likely to be long-term relationships with others with whom they may never before have passed the time of day.
I'm convinced that what our team experienced thanks to Tom's unique ability to engage every crowd on our Roadshow has been instrumental in our improved performance at HERTZ.
He created magical experiences with incredible energy, the team went way beyond their normal boundaries to genuinely care for each other, feeling strong, united, inspired and unbeatable.
Straight away Tom lets your people know he respects their intelligent scepticism, disarming them with relaxed humour. He’s the rebel who returned from the Hero’s Journey with a glint in his eye. You get new thinking based on decades of multi-disciplinary experience. Casual anecdotes revealing deep knowledge and expertise. Live onstage you see a lone risk-taker who is curiously enthusiastic about walking his talk.
It’s easier to stay in your silo and safer to send an email. Face-to-face is less frequent and cliques are ubiquitous. However, people have a desire to connect a level that’s deeper than, “I’m fine thanks”. They get the chance in Tom’s talks.
Poor, rich. Poor, rich. Up, down. Up, down. UP!
This hasn’t been an uneventful journey. If you grow up in a family with a sense of humour though it helps. Staying connected to inspiring people and sticking to your values with an attitude of gratitude also adds a kick to the beat.
Tom gets a tad frustrated with people who are simply getting by on 50%. He would never shout “Wake Up!” at them though. He’s developed some subtle techniques that increase that figure to 90% while remaining friendly. In the interactive sessions audiences have even been known to reach 100% in the first ten minutes.
Laughter is bonding and Tom has plenty of tricks up his sleeve to expand that good feeling without embarrassing a single person in the room. If he has an ‘E’ word guiding him it’s Empowerment. Breaking through limiting beliefs together is a powerful and memorable experience. The trick is to sustain it, watch it happen.