ENTERPRISE IRELAND runs a Leadership 4 Growth programme that puts chief executives into California for a series of seminars. After chatting with a few of the privileged attendees, I learned that on weekends, it's possible to journey south for a walkabout of Rodeo Drive (at left, location of one of our favourite corner coffee shops) and to catch a wave along the southern California coastline. The 12-month leadership programme is delivered by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and that guarantees participants face time with some top-class technology, software, life sciences and medical services companies. The annual programme, run by Enterprise Ireland in partnership with the Irish Software Association, Irish BioIndustry Association and Irish Medical Devices Association covers a range of sectors such as engineering and is spawning another node for the construction industry. That programme will run in partnership with Duke Corporate Education in North Carolina (located approximately 3950 miles east of the photo). Stanford has some excellent coaching sessions for company executivies and the programme gives invaluable access to senior staff in an era of belt-tightening and market challenges.