The Medes

The Medes were an ancient people who formed an empire at the beginning of the 7th century BC in parts of today’s Iran, Iraq and Turkey. They controlled the east-west trade and were big in agriculture. They traded livestock, precious metals, linen and woolen fabrics. The Medes were quite innovative, for example, they created highly advanced irrigation systems.

The Medes were well organized, good at business, collaborating with other societies, pioneers and leading the way in innovation. Qualities that are still – more than two and a half thousand years later – the key to success today, especially in interim work.

In addition, the area where the Medes lived was called “Media”. A similarity with my – partly – background in media.


Henk-Jan Engelhardt