We continue our multi-part series of interviews with Sam McNeill with a look at when things go wrong and an examination of leaders.  There are times that we go a little off the rails and times where things go completely awry.  The way you respond can help keep the former from stumbling into the latter.

When Things Go Wrong, And They Will

Sam has a history of being the “guy with the microphone.”  That can be the best way to handle challenges or the worst.  You are in the position to impact the situation.  Therefore, it is best if you enjoy being in that role.  One can either run the show or delegate.  Sam enjoys the former and gives us insight into one of the things that make him tick.  He feels most comfortable being on the stage as if that is what he is meant to do.  While we skimmed over that in the interview, that is something we should all know and pursue.  You will always be happiest when you are doing what you were meant to do.

Build Your Team

It helps to have a solid and reliable team when things go wrong.  The story and details Sam provides at this point of the interview are worth noting.  He mentions the idea of matching strengths to roles and also how to focus on a team as such.  Even when there is a team leader, the team is the most important part.  They do the work and share responsibilities.  This may be best summarized by the Song Division values of excitement, energy, and a willingness to work hard.

A Little Background

Voted as a Top Five Speaker in Spice Magazine’s Hot 100, Sam McNeill – SongDivision GM for UK & Europe – is an in-demand Corporate MC and accredited DiSC Facilitators.  Sam has hosted over 600 interactive face-2-face and online experiences.  These include musical team-building workshops, gala awards events, and product launches on five continents.

Sam’s accolades include winning ‘Future Leader’ awards for Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). Sam is also a member of Connect Corporate’s esteemed list of ’40 under 40’ industry professionals.

Sam’s professionalism and energy have made him a favorite among some of the biggest brands in the world, including Coca- Cola, Microsoft, McDonald’s, Spotify, and Fujitsu, and Virgin.

Sam earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Studies (Classical Voice) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Learn More

You can learn more about the work Sam is doing and the organization he loves by visiting the Song Division website.  If you think they might be able to help you, then give him a call.

Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a longtime student of technology as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is a founder and principle of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although a few have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax.

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