Driven by an entirely selfish desire to bask in the personal glory of having scored a goal whilst having contributed negligibly to the goal scoring opportunity.
I was a centre half by the way and only ever scored 3 goals in a schoolboy football career spanning over 5 years! I did however managed to lift the U19 County Cup and captained our school team to successive league titles – you don’t have to score the goals to contribute to the success of the team!
When I joined Inzpire the old website displayed a quote from ex US president Harry S Truman, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit” – Whilst I wish I could conjure a cheeky one liner that would stand the test of time, appear on mugs and tee-shirts or indeed on the website of an ambitious Lincoln based start-up, I thought Harry’s effort was a good banner highlighting one of the important attributes of a great team; as long as we, the team, achieve our goals then it really doesn’t matter who scores, just that we win and that everyone plays their part, no matter how small. Indeed sometimes it’s the small, intangible contributions that can make the difference. Sir David Brailsford advocates the benefits of marginal gains – small but continuous improvements that generate significant net benefits and long term, sustainable success.
Of course the award winning innovation that differentiates our products from those of our competitors is the result of some genuinely ingenious thinking and more than a smattering of very hard work; and there are of course individuals whose herculean efforts are rightly recognised in the success we deliver. However it’s as much about the smaller, day to day, perhaps less obvious activities and the individuals who undertake them that contribute to the success of the team; reviewing a Work Instruction, answering a support call, placing a Purchase Order or updating the Asset Management Database (lovingly called Goulash) may not be the most exciting or eye catching activities on the Mission Systems “To Do” list but they make an enduring and significant contribution not only to the immediate success of the team but also the longer term growth and sustainability of our operation.
So before the fizz has completely disappeared from the festive bubbly I’d like to raise a glass to all those from right across the business who contribute to what we do, no matter how small or insignificant that contribution might seem. You may not care who gets the credit but your efforts are immensely important. Whilst you may not always grab the headlines, your support is a fundamental part of the success we enjoy as a team and is greatly appreciated.
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