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
13th January by Lawrence Jones
Meeting an old friend Craig Charles in Verbier
Throughout my life there have been moments when it became clear I had to adapt. The world is continually changing and, if you don’t evolve, you get left behind.
One of the moments when this was most noticeable in my life was when I hit 30.
I’d done a stint working in Granada after they bought my very small music business. I knew that whilst music and...
6th January by Lawrence Jones
Speaking to a group of young people from Dean Trust schools in 2018, to help them to set bigger goals.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”
That’s a quote from Michelangelo. He references a concept from the 1500s that is still just as relevant and valuable today.
At this time of year,...
23rd December by Lawrence Jones
As the sun sets on another year…
It’s hard to believe that another year is coming to a close. It seems like only yesterday that we were planning what 2018 would hold for us as a family and as a business. I would never have guessed what an extraordinarily transformative 12 months it would prove to be.
One of the greatest changes was Gail taking on the role of UKFast Managing Director. Jonathan had been...
16th December by Lawrence Jones
The family basics project at Wood Street Mission.
It’s difficult to truly understand the scale of an issue when faced with stats such as 1 in 3 children in Greater Manchester are living in poverty. That’s about 75,000 children; 48,000 in Manchester and Salford alone.
Whilst they are shocking numbers, do they really hit home?
Having heard these stats some years ago, it was something we found difficult to ignore. We started supporting Cash for...
9th December by Lawrence Jones
Recording a podcast in the studio.
It is fascinating the roads that we find ourselves down, simply from a chance encounter or opportunity.
I remember just over a year ago, I was about to do an interview for the media. The team asked if we could record it in the studio for future reference. It’s always good to evaluate yourself so I agreed. This sparked the idea for a podcast.
A year later, I’ve interviewed...
2nd December by Lawrence Jones
The number one rule of leadership is supporting your own team. It is that simple.
I’ve heard so many conversations about Jose Mourinho in the media lately and, seeing his reactions at the Champions League game midweek, I can see why he’s a topic of conversation.
As the leader of one of the world’s most famous sporting institutions, all eyes are firmly focussed on him. His team aren’t having the best run and the stadium...
25th November by Lawrence Jones
Have you ever been in a no-win situation? One where there are so many variables and so many people involved that there is literally no way to please everyone?
Theresa May is in one of those impossible situations as we speak. Having spent 20 months negotiating a deal for the UK to leave the EU, the European leaders have finally agreed to the proposed deal, passing it through to the final stage.
A vote in...
18th November by Lawrence Jones
Some of the team making a difference at the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.
33% of children in the UK are living in poverty, according to the latest figures from the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) – that’s an astonishing 4.5 million children.
A third of an entire generation is living without their most basic of needs being met. When you look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a stable home with warmth, food and drink is the...
11th November by Lawrence Jones
It seems so long ago now that for the newer generations growing up, it is just a story from years gone by. Each generation getting further and further away.
It is hard for people to imagine, let alone associate with such atrocities that our Grandparents and Great Grandparents endured.
With the last three remaining soldiers from World War I passing away in 2009, it’s a memory, but a very important one. Hostilities formally ended “at...
4th November by Lawrence Jones
When you look around at the world that we live in, it’s clear that there is a constant, urgent, need for continuous investment in our public services.
Schools, hospitals, the emergency services, roads, welfare – there is an endless list of critical services that we rely on our government to provide. And they can’t do it without our help.
We all rely on each other to do our bit and contribute in our own small...