When we started BeeZee Bodies it was all about delivering the highest quality services using the best evidence and ensuring people who we worked with changed their lifestyles. As we have grown this has become complex. More contracts, legal stuff, people and potential for growth have all made what once seemed simple a lot more complicated. We used to do fun stuff a lot, but as we got bigger we got more serious.
We have gone through significant up’s and down’s over the years, most of which we didn’t foresee ahead of time. However, as we fail more, we learn more… a lot more! We are still learning a lot and have a long way to go, something which can feel like a never ending journey of feeling like you don’t know what you are doing. But it is human nature to feel like this. The ‘imposter syndrome’ that is now widely talked about, is commonplace and rife amongst both employees and employers alike! Most people try to hide it because it doesn’t look good for them, even though lots of people feel it. It is also human nature to focus on the peaks and the troughs in your experiences. For example; if I asked you what your recent trip with your family to Disneyworld was like I am sure to hear excited descriptions of how amazing it was and how great the whole experience was. However, much of this trip is likely to have been spent in queues, overpaying for bad foods and spending lots of money on stuff for the kids from the gift shops.
How does it compare?
So, does running the business follow the same form as people describing a trip to Disney World? Largely, yes! The picture below shows the day/week/month/year of an entrepreneur.
This is genuinely how it feels. There can be moments of absolute clarity for what you are doing and why you are doing it. Colleagues can be firing on all cylinders or there can be a few misfires. These are normal, we just don’t anticipate them very well! Sometimes everything just seems too complex and you want to live with a map again, with someone explaining what to do and how to do it… and how to do it in 40 hours a week! But, then it becomes clear again and you wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Going back to our roots
On Friday, we took a step back to the old school way we used to work. Having fun with the team, connecting personally and reiterating why we come to work in the first place. And it was simple again: To deliver the highest quality services, using the best evidence and helping people change their lives for the better. It was there all along, just shrouded in the complexity that happens when you grow. The methods might have changed slightly, but the core aim is still the same.
- Help people achieve things they didn’t know they could.
- Help people find things they love to do.
- Give people a chance to do meaningful work and have fun doing it.
- Change the way public health services are commissioned to always be based on delivering real results to real people.
Simple. So we will be returning to our roots, delivering the above, having fun and enjoying our time with our wonderful teams. We will still focus on quality and building amazing services, but we will try to stop and smell the roses along the way.