New Year at KAA!
Even if Schools Plus was on site and busy during the holidays, with our venue being one of the Crisis at Christmas London day centres for the second year in a row, starting January with a fresh mindset is a must every year!
This month is surely a time of new beginnings for us as our KAA team has welcomed two new Venue Supervisors and the teamwork spirit seems stronger than ever.
Since I know our customers are all motivated and passionate individuals that choose our facilities to run their activities, be it sports, arts, or worship, today I’d like to share some motivational tips that I came across on the article linked below, that inspired me to start this new season with a fresh outlook!
1. EXPOSE YOURSELF TO NEW THINGS.
Whether it’s through small gestures, such as trying new foods, or by taking bigger risks, such as traveling or moving to a foreign country, Cook says trying different things broadens your perspective.
“Eventually, you’ll have more ideas than everyone else because you’ve experienced more,” says Cook. “Most ideas are created by looking at something existing in a new and different way. When you amass life experiences, you draw from a larger database.
2. RISK FAILURE.
We all dream up ideas for new products and services—and some of us even reserve the URLs—but what most of us don’t do is take the risk and try.
Cook says everyone should have at least one significant “screw up” in their career, preferably while they’re young. His miss was Sober Chauffeur, a business he launched in California in his early 20s, driving intoxicated people home.
“Ultimately it failed because clients were too drunk to call,” he says. “But the idea generated a lot of press and was even featured in the Wall Street Journal. When you start your own business you learn so much more than you would with an internship.”
3. WORK FOR TIPS.
Some of the best knowledge Cook gleaned happened in unlikely jobs. His favorite was when he worked as a doorman in a five-star hotel in Los Angeles. In fact, he credits this position as teaching him the importance of client service.
“I learned it’s not always the grandiose gestures that impress people; it’s the little things like remembering their name and acknowledging their kids’ birthday,” he says.
Cook used this knowledge in his corporate career when Starbucks was opening its first California location in the early ‘90s. CEO Howard Schultz was interviewing public relations firms and came to GolinHarris’s Beverly Hills office. Cook had his staff order a bag of Starbucks coffee by mail.
“Howard came in looking a little grouchy and tired,” recalls Cook. “We offered him coffee and he declined. We told him it was his coffee and he was surprised—this was long before Starbucks coffee was sold at every corner store. He sipped it and looked delighted. In the end, he hired us and I know it wasn’t because we had better ideas; it was because we had taken care of the details and served him his own coffee.”
4. DON’T RUSH.
When entering the workforce, it can be tempting to search for your dream job right away and overlook other opportunities. Instead, Cook suggests taking your time without worrying where you are in comparison to your peers.
“When I eventually decided it was time to enter the corporate workplace, I was 36—15 years behind everyone else,” he says. He interviewed for entry-level positions, but once he got in, he excelled and climbed the corporate ladder faster.
“I had life experience to draw on for ideas and I had learned to not be afraid to try new things or ask for opportunities,” he says. “I may have started late, but once in I picked up speed.”
5. MAKE YOUR OWN RULES.
When it comes to finding your dream job, there are many different ways of getting there, says Cook. He suggests that people think of their career like a vacation. If the whole itinerary is planned, the hotels are booked and the museums are chosen, you end up with a cookie-cutter experience. But if you go off the beaten path, you’ll meet people and find places you never knew existed.
I would say that I can see all of these points are relevant to our experience as Schools Plus employees. With our top priority being to deliver the best service possible to everyone using our facilities, it is important that we work towards optimising our skills while maintaining a flexible and meticulous attitude.
On behalf of our team I would like to wish you all a very happy new year! Thank you to our existing customers for supporting us and if you are new to our site and are thinking of booking with our venue please check do get in touch using our contact details below!
Let’s all make this new season a special one!
CONTACT TO HIRE THE FACILITIES
Schools Plus Kensington Aldridge Academy – firstname.lastname@example.org
07889 352 973 – Stan (Karol Stanczak) Venue Manager