Hi to all and welcome to my first monthly reflections blog, where l look back on the previous month’s highlights and challenges of life as CEO of IT Works Resource Group.
This month I reflect on February which turned out to be quite a wild ride!
It all started for me with a trip to see Gary Dytor and the IT Works Recruitment Inc team in Atlanta, accompanied for the first time by Miles Hunt our business advisor and investor and chairman of ASPCo global. Board meetings and all the rest of it aside, the big thing that you will always experience when you step into US offices is a welcome like no other, true southern hospitality, Miles was bowled over. Marvellous!
Then on to San Diego to have a look at office space to satisfy future growth ambitions and the matter of picking up our award for “Best Staffing Firm to Work For”. It is the second year in a row that the US team have been honoured at the Staffing Industry Analysts Forum, which is the signature staffing event of the US calendar. A fantastic achievement by the team in only their third full year of business and a proud moment for me to stand alongside Gary in the sunshine eight thousand miles from home surrounded by our US industry peers and representatives, all talking about what a great company we are!
I mention the sunshine because all too soon it was time to return to the English winter, however with a great story to tell and a sturdy pair of thermal underpants it was great to get back to Lancashire (for a couple of days anyway).
The UK team had been aware for some time that a “Best Companies” award was also in the bag which was great, but the really big prize is a listing in the Sunday Times Top 100. A trip to London’s Battersea Park Evolution with Darren Mills COO and Alastair Hesketh-Jones Training Director to a glittering event which, despite being hosted by the underwhelming Ben Shepherd, was as much like a rock concert as an awards ceremony. Very Nice! It’s drinks in the huge reception area, then the curtains draw back and…..boom, lights, lasers, smoke and dancing Storm-troopers! Bonkers!
Another great event and we are in the Sunday Times Top 100! Bosch!
So, with a mild hangover we arrive at London’s Euston station the following day to find all the trains back to Lancashire cancelled. Storm Doris! We took a punt and jumped on the only train north heading to Birmingham. Unfortunately, it terminated at Northampton along with our hopes of getting home. It crossed my mind that we could have stayed in one of the world’s finest cities, with the best hotels, superb restaurants and endless options of top class entertainment, but here we were in Northampton!
Funny though how these things turn out. Everyone we met was friendly and welcoming and after a hearty Nando’s chicken feed, we booked to the nearest hotel and took in a film. We followed it up with a fine chicken jalfrezi for good measure and adversity turned to hilarity! Marvellous. Thanks Doris!
On reflection the whole experience struck me as being a little like recruitment. Sometimes, when the going gets tough you need to map out the path ahead, get back to basics, take pleasure in the small wins and enjoy the journey!