…or, as one of my most favourite people in the World puts it “Peacocks have wings, let them fly…..”
Ed Harper is back.
A life long friend I have not known for a lifetime has flown back to Yummy, but do you need to know somebody for a lifetime to know they are right, that they are part of your future?….No…He’s my first EVER, very FIRST, it’s never, ever, never, ever, never, even, never, happened before……………”Yummy Ops Director”.
He left to develop, learn and just do.
I now have the boy back, to do, do, do….
I tell everyone, well, nearly everyone, every day that I have “Yummy Sleepers” and usually they laugh, roll their eyes, laugh a little more….”What the f*@k is a ‘Yummy Sleeper’ the rude people say? – I go on…..usually fruitlessly that they are my secret army, the talented individuals that ‘at the time’ I couldn’t develop, I couldn’t created dreams for, I couldn’t deliver a role capable of their aspirations because my business ‘couldn’t justify it at the time’, but who would have thought, 18 months after telling him it was absolutely the right thing for him go….”Let Peacocks fly….” the boy would be back in the fold, helping us create one of the best teeny, tiny, boutique pub companies in the country…..into a reality?
Ed Harper is back.
We’re good. We’re very, very good. But we ain’t perfick. Ed, will make us ‘Perfick’… there’s no pressure, absolutely none…
I lose people like this boy, once a month a least…
I can call him a boy because to me, he’s still one of my kids. He’s the future of my trade, I LOVE the fact he’s got the balls to leave me, he’s now crafting his own waves, sculpting his own future, but behind the pass, where he belongs.
I genuinely don’t care if its my pass or somebody else’s, unfortunately for me thinking business first, people second (which I just don’t do) he’s gone. The more than comforting thing is, he’s left to go to a phenomenal business @mudtooting these guys are going to rock it from Tooting to Edinburgh, great people, great ideas, passion and flavour, my boy couldn’t be in better hands right now & Jason & I are chuffed to bits.
He’s a total pain in the arse.
& I LOVE him…
But, I’ve also lost somebody else close to my heart today….
97% of my business don’t know why he’s close to my heart, they question every angle, but they will see. Danny boy leaves Yummy. He’s not happy here, so I need to let him go.
I’ve tried & for me, I’ve failed.
The boy is a shining star. He needs people other than the 3 monkeys to show him the light.
He’s a star. He just needs t0 pull his head out of his arse to see it.
99% of my business will question why. (not the pulling his head out of his arse bit)
I guess that’s what makes me one of the leaders of Yummy, I can see things in people they can’t see for themselves. I can see things in people they didn’t even know existed.
Give me time & I can make it reality. Leave me too early & I can only support from the side lines.
When they put me 6″ under, this day, this image will live with me & Danny, forever.
This is Danny. This is the boy we bought into Yummy.
As for tonight, only he, I, Anthony & Jason will know why….
For those that were there, they will remember it in exactly the same way, with their own twist, the boy is Yummy, always was, always will be.
So, from the three monkeys…(make your own mind up for who is who)…”Au revoir” Danny Boy, we love you, highs and lows, we genuinely do.
Poxy French sayings…the door is open for the future, just come in through the one that says ‘push’ & not ‘pull’
So, we move onto a new chapter in Yummy.
(trust me, if you search Keith Knowles in Google, this dude will appear….)
Erm… no, Sorry, this ‘dude’… he’s also there, like everywhere…..Google is a total pain in the arse in ‘search’ this is our chairman..
Still as sexy, still as ‘cool’ … Lush.
We LOVE him to bits (although he is very particular about his porridge in the mornings)…
The soon to be HMRC honoured, no, no, typo – HMTQ honoured (Her Majesty The Queen) as he more than just deserves, just delivers, just keeps on giving, has taken the pity on my POXY, teeny, tiny, little, boutique pub company to become our chairman.
We think he’s done it for fun.
He thinks he’s done it to save lives.
Our non exec – My 5 year old son, thinks he’s done it to draw ‘dino’s’ – he has an entire box of ‘spiderman pens’ – only brought out for ‘special’ occasions to prove the fact…
…in reality it’s all a little bit confusing to be honest.
Quite fancily I don’t give a stuff what anybody else thinks (in this very, one sided isolated instance *customers first) I have loved having him in the business.
My business, our industry is made up of people. They polish your shoes, they carry your bags, they serve you drinks, they clean your dishes.
Every, single step of the way they are still people. They are grafting a way, a wave, a future. So many people in my industry try to focus on the boys at the top – “look what you could be”, “look what you could become”
They never focus on where you came from, who you are now.
Well, that’s going to change, we’re going back to basics, we’re going back to the streets, to prove that if you take an individual out of ‘circumstance’ as a very, very special person in my life said a few weeks ago, you won’t even recognise them.
Our chairman is going to help us, but we’re going to drive the business.
The next four weeks are going to be great, life changing & emotional.
We’re going to save lives. That’s the power of my business, my people, my future.