20 April 2015

Sitting on a quiet beach in the Maldives, watching the sun rise, the sense of calm is palpable. It’s in the ever so slight breeze through the palm trees and laps against the shore with every breaking wave. Yet, hundreds of miles away, UKFast Campus is a hive of activity. I have to remind myself not to jump right in, albeit from an island on the other side of the world, as I know it’s essential to counterbalance intense exertion with rest.

The UKFast running club at their best!

The UKFast running club at their best!

However, I have been checking in with my team and one thing’s for sure: they have all been working incredibly hard in many different ways.

If you follow UKFast on Twitter you’ll have noticed a bit of a trend going on, started by the running club with their running club selfies. Taken after every training session, these photos are a great way to motivate people to get their trainers on and have some fun! Some of these runners are training for their first 10k, which is happening in Manchester next month. It’s great to see their dedication to achieving their personal goals.

Inside the building the focus is just as impressive. Last week, the marketing and communications team created a war room, shutting themselves in and smashing through a major project in record time. What could have been a lengthy, arduous task became an incredibly focussed team effort with everybody in the same boat, supporting each other and removing all external distractions.

Inside the UKFast war room

Inside the UKFast war room

I love watching my team when they’ve got the bit between their teeth and are completely focussed on the job at hand. It’s inspiring and it reminds me why we go to so much effort to make sure every single person who joins UKFast shares our culture and values. In fact, two of our newest recruits were involved in the war room, and by all accounts, displayed endless enthusiasm in the face of what I’m sure was quite a daunting task. You know who you are, guys; well done to you both!

It goes to show how concentrating your energy and focus on a specific challenge, and removing distractions, can help you to achieve it.

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