Beware the ides of March (March 15th)

Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Beware the ides of March.

What man is that?

A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19

The Ides of March (15 March in the Roman calendar) is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate led by Brutus, Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.

On his way to the Senate, Caesar saw a seer who had foretold that harm would come to him not later than the Ides of March. Caesar joked, “Well, the Ides of March have come”, to which the seer replied “Ay, they have come, but they are not gone.”

2055 years on, it’s time for the assassination of a different emperor. Bring on “Emperor Employee Engagement” naked to most, but cloaked in false attire like employee engagement surveys and creative interventions. His “new clothes”, through their lack of authenticity, have only served to disengage employees from their organisations over the last decade.

Replace the Theatre of Pompey with the Farringdon offices of Baker Tilly.
Replace Brutus, Longinus and the 60 co-conspirators with a panel of Drury, Smythe, Trainor, Welch and 80 participants. If you want to be one of the 80 modern day Liberatores, then please get in touch or, if you are on Linkedin, sign up here. Don’t miss out like Cicero who was not a member of the original conspiracy, but later wrote that he wished he had been “…invited to that superb banquet”

It might not be a superb banquet but it certainly will be a classic.

Employee Engagement – Art or Science? Fact or Fiction?

Tuesday 15th March. Arrive at 6:30pm; main session 7pm – 8pm.

The perception of employee engagement inside organisations is prejudiced by the employee’s experience of corporate initiatives varying from HR engagement surveys to creative interventions. In the, often detached world of consultancy, much debate has taken place to try and reach a common definition, albeit in vain.

So, together we’ll explore whether employee engagement is a science, “involves a pursuit of knowledge covering general truths or the operations of fundamental laws.” or whether it is an art “the use of skill and imagination in the creation of experiences that can be shared with others.” Or perhaps it’s just a fictional construct perpetuated by internal and external practitioners whose livelihoods depend on it?

Acting as chair will be David Paul, EventExtra

Organiser and sponsor.


  1. Employee Engagement – Art or Science? Fact or Fiction?

    Hello there,

    Where is this session taking place please? I checked the EventExtra website, but couldn’t find any details.

    Thank you.

  2. Please ignore my previous comment, I found the location and how to join on the EventExtra website.
    Thank you.

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