Everyday of the week I surround myself with the most fantastic of people.
Granted, some let me down. Call in sick, think it’s ok to let the rest of the team down because ‘they’re more important’ but in the whole, when you take a breath & step back, I surround myself by the most fantastic of people. Only the most fantastic of people get my back. The others can continue on their journeys in life…
You only genuinely realise this when you step back & take in some air…breath deep, refelct & look at what’s around you..
I am sooooooooo proud of the team that have left me this year.
Jess (my daughter)
Stu (my future son in law)
Jeff (God I love the Jeff I first employed)
In my inductions I now ask everyone to leave Yummy after 18 months. It’s having the desired effect.
This might seam strange to the new girls & guys coming in, but it’s a reality. Yummy is here for a stop gap, a time to reflect or a time to rebalance. Yummy is mine, I’m here for the long hall, all the others can ‘do one’ (as I so eloquently portray) learn, develop, do one. 18 months is a key number. As soon as that magic number appears I owe people something, but i’m so loyal, i’ve been here for such a long time….so 2016, lets turn it on its head, lets make staff turnover in my sector a really, really good thing. I’m bored of it being an ‘issue’ or ‘something that needs addressing’ – well, I’m addressing it – piss off!
You don’t need to leave, but you damn well need to develop.
I’ll give you the tools, its up to you. Not me.
…what makes me ‘Yummy’… People.
…I’m lucky enough to have built an amazing company with two boys I love, trust & honestly, would do anything for. I don’t think anything will, or can come between the ethos we have created in Yummy, its a one in a lifetime thing. We are the core, everyone asks me daily “what makes Yummy different?” I think its the core…
…this week has taught me that.
I didn’t ask permission.
I went with a gut feeling.
My boys didn’t even flinch (although I expected them too)…
This week I broke the rules of ‘common sense’ & gave somebody another shot. He’s young, impressionable & a future star. He needs to read this & keep his arse on the grind stone, sweat, shut up, get on with it, understand I’m an old git & I know what’s best & crack on. My granddad put his head above the parapet. He survived or i wouldn’t be here. My head is up, if I get shot down, that son of a bitch is coming with me & (no pressure) I’ll question everyday if taking kids off the streets is the right idea.
He won’t let me down.
At every meeting I’ve had since the beginning of the year I’ve been asked “So whats the plan?”…”What’s the exit?”
There is no ‘exit’ people. We’re building a company, an army, a future.
I will make a difference to somebodies life, I will change the future by ignoring the past, I will roll the dice. My boys have my back. Yummy can & Yummy will.
This is the bit where you stop reading. This is my company, this is what I have achieved & what I can do. You’ll need to download a copy of Ellie Gouldings – Army – YouTube muted it because of copyright (maybe), rightly so. So, for full effect, download, press play, then click.
I’ve watched this screen show every morning so far this year.
It makes me so proud.
I’ll be watching it again in the morning.
My business is built by people, the most fantastic of people.