A year ago I started on my second new adventure in 20 years – the starting up of a brand new business! I was every bit as excited and nervous as the first time, if not more so. Starting a new business at any time can be a gruelling, challenging and risky adventure but when you have reached a certain age you do wonder, can I do this again?
The answer is if you want to do it, you can do it! Yes, it's tough, yes it's scary but it’s also fantastically exciting, liberating and most of all fun! For every low there are uncountable highs and every day is a school day again. So, after this manic, hectic, exhilarating first year I’ve reflected on the adventure so far. The conclusion that I’ve reached is that those lessons that you learn as you mature as a leader really pay forward in any new challenge and adventure you face.
And for me, there are two lessons that I would encourage every start-up to live by - surround yourself with people who are better than you AND set out your purpose and values, engage and empower your team to live them.
A real thirst for development really helps too, keep learning, seek out opportunities to learn from the best and pay attention to your skills - are these still in line with what you need to get to the next level.
As I look around the Engage team today, every single person adds something unique to the culture, by living the values. We have an inclusive and empowered environment in which everyone feels valued including me. It means when we have set-backs we support and encourage each other, when we have ‘wins’ we celebrate and are genuinely delighted for each other.
I feel really thankful to have such a great team around me, I look forward to every day and most of all, I’m having the best fun of my professional life.
So go on, get engaged in what makes you happy professionally, I promise you will never look back!!!