13 June 2018

Lawrence Jones MBE with Bitesize Bootcamp and Rainbow TrustWe’ve all heard of the phrase strength in numbers. Well yesterday I got to see that phrase in action: I was beaten by a team of six year olds!

Meeting a team of Bitesize Bootcamps youngsters, we took part in a few activities and took some photographs. I am not ashamed to say that when challenged to a tug-of-war, the team of little ones claimed a resounding victory!

It’s amazing how much more strength you have when you work together with others. Individually, a six-year-old would be very unlikely to beat an almost 50-year-old man at a tug of war. When you combine the strength of 15 of them, there’s no contest.

This applies to the business world too. There is no replacement for collaboration and coordination. Consider how much you can achieve on your own, now imagine twenty more like-minded people pushing in the same direction. How much more could you achieve?

“Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro

It’s incredible to see in action just how people come together to achieve a common goal. There have been many occasions over the years when we’ve seen this in play at UKFast and beyond. I remember a few years ago, many team mates flew over to Verbier to help get us over the line for the Farinet opening party.

Working together

We’d been through the ringer to refurb the ski hotel and launch in time for the new season – in a matter of months, this was no mean feat. On the opening night, I looked around and instead of getting ready for the night ahead with a glass of champagne, the team were polishing windows, fluffing pillows, sweeping the floors. At one point I spotted the wife of one of our teammates on her hands and knees scrubbing the floor! The hotel looked amazing and the opening night was a resounding success.

That’s just one example of what can be achieved when a team work together, pushing in the same direction towards the same goal.

In the early days of my entrepreneurial journey I thought I could do it all, all by myself. In reality, that’s not the case. Together we can achieve so much more.

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