I arrived in England yesterday morning at 7 am and, after a quick shower, went right into a meeting where I was the speaker. In fact, I spoke all day and got back to the hotel at midnight. Now I'm up and getting ready to speak in the Sunday services this morning and evening. I will be speaking on Samson and the power of purpose in his life.
I promised to give you an update on flying Virgin Atlantic for the first time. I would give them average marks at best. Here are a few highlights (or maybe I should call them lowlights).
1. I requested an exit row seat, where I have more leg room. I was informed that those seats are for purchase only on Virgin! So I had to pay an additional $75 for that seat, after I had already spent $900 on a roundtrip ticket.
2. The exit row seat I was assigned and purchased would not recline, so I spent a few hours sleeping in the upright (and uptight) position.
3. The lavatory closest to my seat malfunctioned and had to be shut down.
4. The flight crew was young, inexperienced and, well, British--courteous but cool. The attendant who had her landing seat right across from mine talked faster than the plane flew. I found out that she is turning 30 next month, lives in Eastbourne and has met Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin brands, twice. I don't think I really needed or wanted all that information.
The food, however, was better than most airline economy class food. We had barbecue beef (there were three main entree choices, one more than usual) with key lime pie served for dessert. I watched The War of the The Worlds while I ate my barbecue beef. Their inflight shopping catalog had some neat stuff in it; I think I'll buy some noise-reducing head phones from it on the way home.
I get up at 3 am tomorrow morning for my flight to Nairobi. For that flight, I will be on KLM, the Dutch airline, where I am a gold level frequent flyer. I'll let you know how that flight goes.
But more importantly, I got the chance to talk about purpose yesterday to a lot of interested leaders. We had a super question and answer session and I enjoyed the chance to challenge their thinking where purpose and leadership were concerned. And what's more, I get to do it today two more times. It doesn't get any better than this, in spite of Virgin's poor performance.