Helping the Young Succeed

Helping the Young Succeed

It’s polling day and an opportunity to contemplate the outcome of the General Election and the what ifs of the outcome. What will the new government do for business and who will consider the enormous potential of our young people? Will they be encouraged and supported by tomorrow’s regime?

By coincidence, the 13 year old son of a member of our staff is spending the day in our office, getting a flavour of the working environment. I’m thinking, “How can we maximise his time as a learning experience for him?” So he is sent around each department with the encouragement to constantly ask questions.

Over lunch I pick up the latest copy of Director, a magazine produced by The Institute of Directors, of which I have been a Fellow for the last 30 years plus.

In this latest issue the editor has asked business leaders, celebrities and sports persons for leadership advice. All the answers were very relevant, from Boris Johnson’s “We need to give our young people hope and opportunity.” To Bob Geldof’s “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.”

Having spent a lifetime helping start-up businesses and wanting to see our young people using the talents they have been gifted with, I wondered what my response would have been if I had been asked for a contribution.

“We work for most of our lives so we had better work at something we are passionate about. The more we enjoy what we do, the more success it will bring to us. Don’t take a job just to pay the rent or the mortgage!”

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