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
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...
18th February by Lawrence Jones MBE
Today as I write and you read this, nearly 80 people in the US will die from a gunshot.
My earliest memories of gun crime in America came from the song Don’t Like Mondays by the BoomTown Rats. It has the most amazing piano intro and I fell in love with the tune long before I knew what inspired Geldof to write it. The song reached Number 1 in the UK but was banned in...
11th February by Lawrence Jones
The Maldives, where Gail and I set new goals each year.
Sitting here on the beach, looking out across the sea, finally on Rangalli Island with my wife after an incredibly busy end to 2017 and start to 2018, I am trying to switch off but my mind is doing overtime!
We come over to the Maldives to switch off. To get out of the rat race, almost cut off from the rest of the...
9th February by Lawrence Jones
How often do you compare yourself with someone else?
In today’s world, we’re constantly bombarded with information and images from people’s lives that it is all too easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to everyone else. It’s just as easy to forget that the online lives that people promote are incredibly polished and censored.
Outside the frame of the Instagram shot there could be a very different story! It’s rare for people...
4th February by Lawrence Jones
It is said that by the start of February 80% of New Year’s resolutions have failed. That’s a huge proportion of missed goals! So why do so many people lose motivation?
Perhaps it’s the time of year, perhaps it’s because they’re simple not setting their goals in the right way. I am a firm believer in goal setting, as you well know, but setting goals is much more than what we often set as New...
28th January by Lawrence Jones
I was proud to be asked to join the panel at the first Scale Up Forum with the Alliance Manchester Business School. Joining the panel on Thursday, with speakers from Apadmi and Deloitte among others, I was asked what it takes to turn scale up aspirations into reality.
Speakers at the event were:
Sherry Coutu, author of the 2015 The Scale-Up Report on UK Economic Growth
Marcus Hadfield, Chief Strategy Officer, Apadmi, the UK’s leading mobile technology...
21st January by Lawrence Jones MBE
If there is a secret to success, I think it’s fundamentally far simpler than some people would have you believe.
Throughout my life there have been a number of events that I have seen as clear signals, each one hitting home to remind me just what is important.
These lessons come when you least expect them but they are here to teach us invaluable things about ourselves, our future and how we go about shaping...