Matt Green, Director of event consultancy GMG Network, gives an insight into week eight in the life of a start up.
Nowadays I often find myself reading articles on LinkedIn, or the such like, that fellow start up entrepeneurs have posted. My favourite post this week was written by a guy from Seattle (to be honest his location drew me more than anything else as I am a huge fan of the Seattle 90s Grunge era and have always longed to visit) who quit his job at Microsoft to go it alone.
Flying solo has always had great appeal, and I, along with many others, feel an almost gravitational pull towards it. Success in the shadow of someone else’s wingspan just doesn’t have the same thrill factor. I picture myself in one of those paper light aircrafts, loop the looping through my first year. But what does operating alone actually mean?
Richard Branson is pretty clear: “Few entrepreneurs – scratch that: almost no one – ever achieved anything worthwhile without help. To be successful in business, you need to connect and collaborate.”
What I have come to realise, in a relatively short space of time, is that there are different ways to experience aerobatics but perhaps jumping into and out of the plane all by yourself, free falling without a parachute, isn’t the most sensible option! Perhaps I need some back up, so that I feel more secure, more comfortable and enjoy the ride.
I tried to see the poppies this week, all 888,624 of them, and like so many soaking up the atmosphere at the Tower, I thought about the World Wars that I was so fortunate to miss.
The Battle of Britain remains one of the most famous battles of World War 2. Britain was great, a mighty world power, with a select group of very talented pilots in their RAF uniforms and a master plan, but she wasn’t afraid to ask for help; partnering up gave her 574 pilots from other countries. Britain didn’t fight alone.
I feel proud of what I have started. My new venture is reminiscent of our little island; a Mighty Mouse – “Here I come to save the day!” – but could my business strategy be further improved with tactics? I think about how I can combine forces, so that my offering to clients can be further enhanced while keeping a strong hold of my autonomy. I begin to explore the benefits of partnering up. Buzz and Woody – very much their own spaceman (with a terillium-carbonic alloy wingspan) and cowboy – now that was a successful partnership. They didn’t share a uniform, catch phrase or duvet cover design. But did they share responsibilities? Yes! Was there instant camaraderie? Yes! Did they brainstorm problems with a buddy? Yes! And after free falling together, the duo were left exhilarated with a big smile on their faces.
Joining forces with the allies, to help me push the envelope, I decide is going to allow me the thrill of the free fall with that cheeky parachute for the just incase. I know I’ll still enjoy the ride – you never know where I’ll end up landing – it might even be Seattle.
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