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
23rd June by Lawrence Jones
We are all capable of great ideas. No one has a monopoly on those moments in the bath where we think of an amazing idea that could completely change your stars.
Back in 1999 when we set up UKFast, pretty much every potential customer that called our sales line or that I spoke with, miraculously had an almost identical idea to Google.
Google was in existence back then but it certainly hadn’t taken off, and...
16th June by Lawrence Jones
I always love going to work. There’s a saying: “Enjoy what you do and you’ll never do a day’s work in your life.”
UKFast is a lot like that for me and yet, even though it’s great fun and hugely satisfying, every now and then you have moments where months and years of coordinated hard work starts to pay off and kick in.
This week, for me, was one of those amazing weeks.
9th June by Lawrence Jones
As a nation, we’re at a crisis point. Brexit is still, as yet, unresolved.
Our Prime Minister is on her way out and no one in the House seems to be able to agree on anything, never mind on the separation terms of one of the biggest political departures in modern history.
Watching the D-Day service in France, was I the only one sad that we are breaking away from our European friends, who we’ve...
2nd June by Lawrence Jones
The UKFast team helping out in the community.
I was disappointed to read this week that the number of people donating to charity in the UK has dropped to 57%.
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) estimates that there has been a downward trend over the course of the past three years in line with scandals across the sector, reducing the trust that people have in the industry.
These numbers comes as we are seeing an...
12th May by Lawrence Jones
Laura Massaro and I hanging out in the garden, planning for the future
This is a story about mindset, ambition, compassion and belief, and, to some extent, chance. For anyone to say that luck is not involved in success is impossible. There’s an argument that you make your own luck but you can’t stop certain things colliding, people’s paths crossing for example, both good and bad. We have to make the best of every situation...
28th April by Lawrence Jones
The old adage says that you should never judge a book by its cover. Whilst the phrase has become somewhat of a cliché, it certainly still rings true for so many reasons.
Of the reasons that make the phrase relevant in the modern day, none applies quite so aptly as to our modern addiction to social media.
Whilst social media is a hugely valuable tool for business and communication, it can easily become a fools’...
22nd April by Lawrence Jones
Are you a positive or a negative person?
It’s an interesting question and one that the answer to which has the power to completely transform your life.
I recently watched a video of a Joe Rogan podcast that reflected my thoughts on this. He was talking with US actor Kevin Hart. Kevin highlighted that it’s cool to be negative, to disagree with popular consensus.
He was saying that the cool thing is to be different...
14th April by Lawrence Jones
We all know how technology has transformed our lives, but it is fascinating to see just how our use of technology is constantly evolving.
I often notice this with the changing trends that we must cater for at UKFast, but just how different our world now is became remarkably clear this morning. Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp all went down.
Whilst it’s inconvenient, it’s not the end of the world. What is notable though, was that...
7th April by Lawrence Jones
I am no coming home!
Yesterday I jokingly posted a photograph across social media saying that I’d landed in Switzerland and felt like staying here, leaving all of the Brexit nonsense behind.
Whilst that may have been a bit tongue in cheek, there’s no denying the frustrations with the current state that Britain is in. For three years our politicians have been distracted by Brexit, drawing attention away from healing our national health system, from...
31st March by Lawrence Jones
We are only ever as good as the people around us. This week I have been reminded time and again of the incredible things that can be achieved when you’re all pulling in the same direction.
It has been an extraordinary few years. As the business has grown and new offshoots sprout up, I have had to really adapt and develop my leadership style.
As quickly as I learn to step back and find new...