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 April by Lawrence Jones
George and his running team at the Brighton Marathon.
What an extraordinary sight to see thousands of runners in blazing heat, racing over Tower Bridge earlier today.
The London Marathon is an epic challenge even on a grey day, never mind when it is the hottest on record. Amongst the runners were the usual fancy dress costumes, a knight in shining armour and local runner David Wyeth of Chorlton Runners who last year hit the...
16th April by Lawrence Jones
It’s a simple question: would you quit social media? Perhaps the question should be could you quit social media?
Think about it, how much time do you spend on it a day? I bet it runs into the hours rather than minutes. It’s scary to think about, really. Consider this: on average, adults in the UK spend 173 mins (2hr 53min) on social media every day. That’s almost more than 20 hours a week and...
15th April by Lawrence Jones
Two dreamers! With Scotty outside the Farinet in Verbier.
Are you a Dreamer?
Flying back from a couple of weeks in Switzerland, whilst I am refreshed and ready for the next stage of growing and developing UKFast, I am sad to leave my friends and the peace and quiet of the Alps.
Verbier is a special place. Quite unique from my limited experience of global travel but certainly very different from any other place in...
9th April by Lawrence Jones
Taking some time out in the mountains.
How has your week been? Busy? Stressful? Successful? In the final of these three blog posts, I am set to share three more pieces of advice that I have learned over the years that will transform your weeks from busy and stressful to successful.
It’s a simple formula.
Flick the switch
OK, so you are an obsessive person. I know this by the fact that you are hanging...
1st April by Lawrence Jones
You want to reach the top, achieve your goals? Of course, you do! So how do you become ‘one of the lucky ones’? Over the course of more than 30 years in business I have learned that luck only plays a tiny part in your odds of success.
Last week I shared the greatest advice I can give you: the tips, the lessons I’ve learned and the mistakes I’ve made in those three decades in...
25th March by Lawrence Jones MBE
So you want to be successful? Of course you do. We all do, but do you want to break through the layers of success that the 0.1% of global society reach? Imagine the difference you can make to other people’s lives with access to such wealth. Imagine the places you can visit, the adventure, the excitement.
Reaching the top of anything, (sport, business, art, music) of course requires huge commitment and effort. I have no doubt...
18th March by Lawrence Jones
Lawrence and Gail Jones cycling through Morocco on the way to climbing Mount Toubkal on the STRIVE challenge for Big Change.
Sitting with my daughter Poppy earlier today, we were going through her homework for the week ahead. Her task was to design and create a travel brochure for any mountain in the world.
As anyone who regularly reads my blogs knows, my heart is in the mountains so it’s a perfect subject for Dad...
11th March by Lawrence Jones
Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful wife, Gail.
Today we celebrate the most important women in our lives – our mums.
The women who picked us up when we fell, who soothed our bumps and bruises; the women who support us throughout each part of our lives, whether they’re here with us or in our hearts, whether biological mother or otherwise. Our mums have a huge impact on our lives and give so much to...
4th March by Lawrence Jones
Roger Bannister completing his epic run. (Image @BritAthletics, Twitter)
I was sad to read that the legendary athlete Roger Bannister passed away today.
Back in 1954 in Oxford, Roger was the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes. Whilst it stood as a record time for just 46 days, he was the first to break that boundary. He showed what is possible.
Roger became a Commonwealth Gold medallist and, later, a leading...
25th February by Lawrence Jones
Jim Collins writes: “An important and crucial quality of (Level 5) leadership is is to never blame others when things go wrong.”
The same applies to leading brands and their responsibility to the community they serve. It’s essential a brand talks with one clear voice and that the message is clear.
The message from the National Rifle Association (NRA) this week was certainly clear. But they make a cardinal sin by blaming everyone for their...