Are you up for a challenge?
Whether you are a prospective client, a client, a member of the UKFast team or even someone aspiring to join our great organisation, you are a valued person in our eyes and I challenge you to help us improve UKFast.
Our leadership style is certainly an unusual one and it does break conventions.
A great many organisations take their leadership courses from the Army and employ Ex-Army Officers to help develop a strong style and well defined sense of leadership.
Like many businesses before us, we did at one point in our history follow a similar route employing a top trainer from Sandhurst, the Officer Training Academy. And yes, we have found some very useful tools which help deliver excellence and build spirit, but at the same time a huge amount of what we do is developed from within and also influenced by a wide variety of sources.
Our leadership is about challenge. Are you up for the challenge? Are you looking for a business that is going to grow and develop far faster than any other business in the UK? If you are, it is highly likely that your business or career is developing at a fast rate of knots too. Consequently you will benefit from partnering with UKFast.
As a graduate or new recruit, you are recruited on the basis of your attributes and values, but you are also regarded as a blank canvas. During your first two weeks at UKFast you are immersed in our Academy. Part of your initiation involves time in our training centre in North Wales, where you will go through the exact training and team building every team member has done before you. The training centre, called Castell Cidwm, is an old hotel and a jewel in the Snowdonian National Park. Gail and I bought it in 2008 and alongside the training facility it's an excellent get away for strategic thinking.
As a client you are only a phone call away from myself or the other directors. I take a lot of pride in helping others. If you genuinely want help we run a series of private round tables and events which are exclusively for friends of UKFast where you can rub shoulders with other top entrepreneurs and find out just what makes the finest entrepreneurs tick. Whatever stage in your business career, this is something you might want to consider. If you are a small business aspiring for your first million, mid sized or even large, I always make time for the people around me and aim to inspire people to reach the next level of their journey.
I'm never happier than when I have a heavy pack on my back, carrying everyones provisions up the mountains. I have a passion for the outdoors and taking people (including myself) well outside of their comfort zones. Jim Collins writes about 'level 5 leaders', people who aren't overtly, outwardly confident, but work hard to empower the people around them. I consistently look to improve myself in order to fit this mould.
Friends and leaders who inspire me include Richard Branson, John Timpson, Chet Holmes and Tony Robbins.
Thanks for visiting our website - Lawrence Jones - CEO, UKFast
20th October by Lawrence Jones
Last year I shared a series of blog posts called The Greatest Advice I Can Ever Give You. In these posts I looked back on 30 years in business and put pen to paper on some of the lessons I have picked up along the way, with a promise to share more of those lessons and advice in coming posts.
In the series, I wrote about the importance of having a magic formula, of listening...
13th October by Lawrence Jones
The refurbished gym at UKFast
How are you?
When was the last time you asked yourself that?
When you’re focussed on your goals, and passionate about your work, it is all too easy to forget to check in with yourself yet it is one of the single most important things that you can do.
If you are not well, and feeling at your best, how can you perform at the level you need to achieve...
6th October by Lawrence Jones
Being in business is a constant learning curve. It is that simple. Just when you think you’re getting to grips with the latest phase of your business, you face a different challenge or, if you’re lucky, the business levels up.
At each stage it is all too easy to feel lost, out of your depth. I wonder, perhaps, that if you don’t feel out of your depth from time to time, you’re not pushing yourself...
29th September by Lawrence Jones
Around 35 years ago, I moved to Manchester. I left school and apart from wanting to be successful, and thinking this had to somehow involve my musical ability, I had no idea what direction to take my life.
I put myself through college in Salford, but my A-level results were a disaster.
What on earth would a lad from a small Welsh town, with four unclassified grades at A-levels and a rebellious streak do in a...
22nd September by Lawrence Jones
Some of the fun and games in the very early days of UKFast with Gail and our now CTO Neil.
When you look at the big businesses of today, it’s all too easy to forget that they were startups at one point.
Everyone, every business, has to start somewhere.
In a few weeks, we celebrate 20 years since our business, UKFast, began. It is astonishing to think that my wife and fellow UKFast co-founder, Gail,...
15th September by Lawrence Jones
You’ll never know what someone has to say if you don’t listen.
How many times have you bumped into someone, asked how they are and left it at that? In fact, that person may have something fascinating to say. They may have the answer to your problem, or you to theirs. They may spark something that changes your life.
I have always been fascinated by people and how everyone’s mind works differently. We all have...
8th September by Lawrence Jones
Recording this week’s podcast while on holiday – some might say that’s not doing a very good job of switching off but for me it is!
Do you remember when the Blackberry launched? You could suddenly read and reply to business emails on your phone. Wow! There are no two ways about it, it revolutionised the business world and what it meant to be an entrepreneur.
No longer were business people confined to the office...
1st September by Lawrence Jones
Why are we Brits so bad at showing off? It’s a sweeping statement but in general, we shy away from praise and compliments.
We’re a nation of ‘stiff upper lips’ who Keep Calm and Carry On. Of self-deprecating humour. And we seem to find it easier to praise others and put ourselves down.
Tell someone that you like their outfit and they’re more than likely to tell you it’s old, or was on sale when...
25th August by Lawrence Jones
“As a leader I believe that I have a moral duty to ensure my colleagues work alongside people who are as amazing as they are. If I don’t I have failed.” James Timpson
With friend and fantastic businessperson, James Timpson.
This is the number one rule in creating an incredible business. Without extraordinary people, you can’t have an extraordinary business. It really is that simple.
This quote reinforces the essential importance of getting recruitment right....
18th August by Lawrence Jones
When I was young, it was your taste in music that could make or break you. If you didn’t have the latest vinyl by that band no one had heard of (but everyone actually had) you were out of fashion. The cool kids were those who knew the latest riffs and upcoming bands.
I certainly don’t envy the teenagers of today who have to compete with an Instagram and social media-fuelled world. It was hard...