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
24th September by Lawrence Jones
Climbing one of our smaller goals, Mount Snowdon, with Gail and UKFast Enterprise MD, Jonathan.
In life we need to know where we are going and a goal give us a good, old-fashioned map. A goal is a point on the horizon to aim for.
It’s the single most important thing in creating success in every area of your life.
Former Marine Earl Nightingale inspired a lot of the teachings shared by famous life coach...
17th September by Lawrence Jones
Climbing Mount Snowdon with UKFast’s incredible leadership team: Gail and UKFast Enterprise MD, Jonathan.
Simon Sinek says: “Leaders are in a position of power, but those who lead inspire us.”
What does it take to be what ‘Good to Great’ author, Jim Collins called ‘level five leaders’ like Sir Alex Ferguson, Ray Crock or Walt Disney?
I have been learning for many years what it takes to be an extraordinary leader and help others to...
10th September by Lawrence Jones
Coco’s first day of school
Our yesterdays come all too quickly. It truly doesn’t seem like a moment has passed since each of my daughters was born. Now our littlest, Summer, is more than a year old and the other three are all starting the new school year.
It’s important to make the most of every moment, especially the milestones. The first day of school is one such milestone.
It’s a huge occasion, isn’t it?
1st September by Lawrence Jones
When we set UKFast up, Gail and I dreamt that one day we’d have a big business that helps thousands of people, full of passionate, hard-working teammates who feel the same as we do about standards and solving other people’s problems.
Waking up this morning and walking through our fields, it was one of those moments that I had to stop and pinch myself. The place was a mess! Thousands of empty bottles, pizza boxes,...
28th August by Lawrence Jones
Every business person needs to be concerned about balance. In a perfect world, we would all start out with giant customers and we would be able to develop from there. But, we would be really foolish if we were to just build our business around one or two big customers.
At UKFast we never had the luxury of having huge clients when we were a startup. We had to go out there, to work incredibly...
27th August by Lawrence Jones
There’s a fine line between success and failure. If there is one definitive element that separates them I believe it’s people. As an entrepreneur, manager or team leader it’s our job to hold on to talented teammates.
10 Year Club Teammates celebrating 210 years of experience @UKFast
This week I joined UKFast’s Ten Year Club for a celebratory dinner. It was a proud moment and a little like stepping back in time!
Out of the...
20th August by Lawrence Jones MBE
Tomorrow is World Entrepreneur Day and the start of UKFast’s Entrepreneur Week (#WorldEntrepreneursDay) and I have something special lined up for you!
I set out with my Sunday blog around 10 years ago to help inspire others and to share what I learn.
It turns out that I am the one that gets inspired by people’s reactions and comments, with around 200,000 regular visitors to my blog.
The result: I made friends all over the world and...
13th August by Lawrence Jones
What’s the one thing you need to get your business off the ground?
When I speak with budding entrepreneurs, often the answer I hear is ‘funding’. Whilst this is true, it would be easier to set up a business in the short term if you had an influx of cash to help you to buy what you need, in the long term, I don’t think it’s always the best course of action.
Every month I...
6th August by Lawrence Jones MBE
My incredible wife and our youngest daughter. Adding a new baby to the mix can cause no end of stress – finding balance and having fun is essential.
When was the last time that you truly switched off? When you let your mind wander for more than a few minutes without a mobile phone in your hand.
In today’s increasingly connected world we’re becoming incredible at keeping on top of our day-to-day challenges and working...
3rd August by Lawrence Jones
UKFast teacher Arlene chatting with Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham about our commitment to apprentices.
Kids don’t stay kids for very long, do they? It’s worth remembering that in business too. I’ve talked a lot about apprenticeships recently at various events and in so many conversations. Apprenticeships seem to be the hot business trend at the moment – everyone is doing something or other for apprentices, which, of course, is fantastic.
It is so important to...