I am sitting at my desk, taking some time to reflect, this feels a pivotal moment and I wanted to share my honest thoughts on the past 10 years, but I am struggling where to start and to keep it short!
How can I encapsulate all the events, achievements, and challenges, plus recognise the amazing people who have contributed to making Wagstaff what it is, in one post?! I have no idea, but I am going to give this a go!
Most of you who do know me know that I never set out to run a business. I loved my job (I still do) but there came a moment when it was time to try and do the job I love without the distractions of anything else. What I quickly realised was that I needed great people around me to support me in doing the job that I love, and I realised I hated working alone!
Wagstaff would not be where it is without so many collaborations. I am so grateful that I was introduced to the TEAM network and very proud Wagstaff are active members and collaborate with likeminded recruiters working in true partnerships.
Thank goodness Phillippa Hart, MD of Hart Recruitment recommended getting a Business Coach, I do not think I would be as sane as I am today without the wonderful support of Karen Tracey!
Hiring people who are smarter than you!
My husband was the first to quote this to me, wise words, and as soon as I could afford to, that was exactly what I did and continue to do.
Stuart Cooper has been by my side for 8.5 years and not only is he brilliant at being a recruitment partner for our clients, he is an engineer and our go to for those technical specs I still can’t get my head around!
Sarah Hawthorne joined 5 years ago and there is nothing she does not know around finance and compliance, HMRC reporting, financials, changes to the law. She has that knack of reading the detail and delivering the content to me in terms that I can actually understand!
The rest of Wagstaff, from our newest member Dave to Ashley, Laura and Natalie are smart, loyal, hardworking, caring, trusted and diligent. Wagstaff is not Wagstaff without this brilliant pack. We really are a pack too as we are kept in check by Lexi the dog!
Over the past 10 years we have also had brilliant people who joined us and have moved on to pastures new, every one of them also having had an impact on Wagstaff.
One of the things I very recently learnt is “Ubuntu”. If anyone has listened to Doc Rivers (Boston Celtic Coach) on the Playbook (Netflix), they will get this.
Ubuntu means, “I am, because you are”. The word itself comes from the Zulu phrase, “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” which literally means that a person is a person through other people.
I know I am who I am because of so many other people.
Loyal customers, hardworking contractors, and trusted suppliers.
Thank you to every single employer who had faith in me and has faith in Wagstaff to trust us with your recruitment projects.
Thank you to every single person who has trusted us with their careers and has worked with us to secure new employment.
Thank you to our trusted suppliers who support us and enable us to focus on what we are great at.
Thank you to all our Engineering Managers who trust us to deliver interim engineering support.
Thank you to all our amazing contractors who represent Wagstaff whilst on site.
This post is really just one huge
2010 -2020, what an amazing 10 years and what a year to turn 10. The century birthday celebrations we had planned are all on hold, but we will celebrate in the normal Wagstaff way, with cake!