So luckily enough helping run the Wonderland has allowed me to do this. However by working with the stars I mean the team I come to work with every day. The team I enjoy seeing, chatting to and the one that helps us deliver some cracking, ‘Wonderful’ work.
Building a team for The Wonderland is not just about skills, it’s about the people that deliver them and nurture those skills of others around us. Yes, at times we throw people in at the deep end but we give them a paddle, arm bands and make sure they float … after all they are part of our crew.
We encourage openness, friendship and entrepreneurial spirt. We tease and cajole new ideas out of our team and actively encourage a ‘go and get on with it’ attitude. But most of all we mentor graduates and people who we feel could make a real difference to The Wonderland and in turn to our clients and the industry.
However, by doing this we as directors not only invest time and money in the team, we invest a little of ourselves. This is because the rewards are there. Not only does the business thrive and do clients comment regularly how members of our team are invaluable, but we enjoy it. To watch an individual’s talents and confidence grow before your eyes means that not only are they feeding our business with greatness, they are building their career and achievements as they go.
We know some of our team will eventually flee our nest and every time this happens – which is not often – it’s with great pride as well as sadness that we let them go. So I’m very lucky, I go to work with little stars every day and not one day goes by where I don’t appreciate just some of the amazing talent I have around me. Wherever our stars fall in the future, may they land in a company that helps them continue to shine.
Written by Julie Hayes