29 November 2012
I've just left a board meeting of the Start-Up Loans Company and never cease to be amazed at what can be achieved by a small group of people pulling in the same direction. Indeed, I may have quoted Winston Churchill words in a previous blog: "Never doubt that small groups of people can change the world. In fact it's the only thing that ever has."
The first board meeting was only six months ago and, since then, an infrastructure has been pulled together, Delivery Partners have been appointed, a significant number of loans have been advanced, and some big challenges have been overcome. They've been overcome by a committed group of people pooling their talent and resources, and coming up with solutions, and it's fascinating to see what can come out of a two-hour meeting with real focus.
At ICM HQ, we're doing some work here to ensure our management team is as effective as it can be because we know that an effective team can make a real difference. One of my favourite quotations, and one I frequently repeat at HQ, is: "Creative thinking makes it possible; teamwork makes it happen." Wherever you are, whether you are at work or at home, whether part of a large group or small, we all invariably work as a team. It is teams, more than individuals, which turn ideas into reality.
No man is an island after all!