Andy Warhol, and my 15 minutes of fame - May 2014

Andy Warhol circa 1968

In the programme notes for an exhibition of his work in 1968, Andy Warhol made one of his trademark throwaway statements that nearly fifty years later still resonates (with me at any rate) - "in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes".

I have always liked this idea, but never really thought it would happen to me.

But guess what, last week I had my moment of fame - and lasting a full 15 minutes nogal.

Admittedly, it wasn't full throttle celebrity fame like being movie star, or a great singer. That's proper fame. To digress - if 15 minutes of real fame were on offer, I'd settle for being famous like Robbie Williams for the five minutes at the 2005 Brit Awards when Joss Stone joined Robbie on stage as he sang 'Angels'. Check out the following clip- it's great, but please come back. You've starting reading this and might as well finish. Angels - Joss Stone & Robbie Williams.

Just look how Joss Stone comes on stage - Joss, an angel incarnate with a voice that would raise the dead - sashays towards rock-God Robbie - and adoringly joins in his anthem. Robbie even thoughtfully helps her out with the words, before Joss throws her arms around him and the frenzied crowd roars approval. It could be me dear Lord, I'm even the same height as Robbie.

OK so now you've seen what real fame looks like. I have to admit that my fifteen minutes of fame didn't feel quite as mind-blowingly awesome. Actually, my 15 minutes of fame wasn't even on a par with being a management consultant like Professor Michael Porter, and being a luminary of Harvard Business School, and having a strategic business model named after you:

Fame like this means that business leaders the world over look to you as an icon, and pay you fortunes for speaking to them. (I've just realised something - check the likeness between Andy Warhol and Professor Porter…)

Truth be told, my 15 minutes of fame wasn't even management consultancy type fame like being Clem Sunter, where you get to be inside the mind of a fox, and more importantly, get people to pay to join you in fox play.

Fox you! I hear you say - "you're just envious". Of course I am. I'd love to be a famous management consultant like Professor Porter and Clem Sunter. Clearly, their fame has something to do with the fact that they are original, intelligent and talented. But I have my own theory. I put it to you that being famous on an inter-galactic level in the management consultancy business entails looking (a bit) like Andy Warhol - check the pics - even Clem has got a bit of a Warhol look going.

Rather, when my 15 minutes of fame arrived upon me, it wasn't quite as heady as speaking to a hall full of Fortune 500 Executives hanging on my every word. Not looking remotely like Andy Warhol as we have discovered, is almost an epic fail in management consultancy terms. Fortunately, when fame came knocking, it arrived in the form of my very own radio interview, for which it transpires I have the perfect look - on none other than Ballz radio! Impressed?

I admit the station name lacks gravitas. But Ballz does have some very cool presenters - guys from Jacaranda like Darren Scott and Sasha Martinengo. And more to the point, I got to speak for 15 minutes about business plans!

So there we have it - my fifteen minutes of fame. I even had two delightful lady interviewers hang on my every word - well maybe not hang on my every word - more wait patiently until I finished.

And if you would like to hang on my every word, or just like to hear me talk Ballz about business plans - you too can check it out. Ballz even spelt my name wrong - but hey, us famous types can bear such minor indignities: