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The Interactive Team Meet 2016

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It’s that time again… it’s The Interactive Team Meet!

Whether it’s an ITM (our wonderful abbreviation for the big event), a “Future’s Weekend” (that’s our fun weekends away for the high fliers of the company) or the end of the year Awards Ceremony, when this entire company gets together, it’s always a day to remember and May 28th in Manchester’s Hilton hotel was of course no exception. Yes, all of our offices from Glasgow, Dundee, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and London came together for some motivational speaking, educational clinics from the best in the business, our mini-Olympics results and of course more than a few funny stores from Gilles’ time in the industry.

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Our clinics fronted by Huw, Ruadh, Karl, Conrad and of course, Gilles, were a roaring success. Not only were they the perfect opportunity for new people who’d joined the business this year to acquaint themselves with those at the very top, it was a chance to find out exactly what has made them so successful, and to learn from it! You’ll never learn more than you will from speaking to people who have ‘been there, done that’ and that’s what we love about this business. Unlike other companies, our Managers and Directors are ALWAYS accessible to our team from the backbone of the incredible support network that we have created.

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The day also provided an opportunity for us to celebrate a promotion within the business. One of our original Directors, Karl Clough, fresh from opening our Birmingham office, officially promoted Tayler Matthews whom he had brought with him from Newcastle to Managing Consultant within the company. Tayler’s promotion was a feat in itself, but to achieve it within such a new environment, in a new city and a new team was an incredible effort. All credit to himself, Karl and everyone in the Birmingham office, this really was quite an inspirational moment with a speech to go with it.

Next up, we announced the results of our Mini-Olympics competition where the week’s top sales people were rewarded for their efforts. We even gave our newbies the chance to win some medals and there was no fault in their determination, who knew we had taken on such a competitive bunch! The finale was saved for our more experienced entrepreneurs who’d been fighting it out all week for a place on the leaderboard. Finishing in third place was Manchester’s Jamie Carroll, second place (again from Manchester) was Keeran Wild and in first place, with a massive 51 sales for the week, was Dan Parkinson, Yes you guessed it from Manchester!

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What really stood out at the event however, was the unity throughout the entire room. At every spare second, team members from every office were introducing themselves, asking questions and really making the most of a wonderful networking opportunity. Every single person wanted to be involved, no one hid in the corner. It’s so refreshing for us to see every single person within a company who share that one common goal and who will strive to achieve that goal both individually and together.

Finally, Gilles rounded off the day with some stories from his time in the industry and his experiences with some particularly colourful characters. Needless to say the room was in fits of laughter and everyone left feeling both optimistic and excited for the summer ahead. Until next time Manchester, thanks for having us. We had a blast!

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The Interactive Team Go Paintballing, Because, Well, It’s Fun!

At The Interactive Team, we’ve a whole bunch of different job roles – from sales, to marketing, to lead generation, to recruitment, to campaign management – the list is seemingly endless. Each position is unique and completely different to the next but there’s one thing that makes us all very much the same – we work hard. We’re not trying to brag but each person involved with The Interactive Team very much believes (and knows) that hard work pays off, and just how important a good work ethic is to progressing your career in industry.

With this in mind though, it’s vital not to burn out! When you love your jobs like we do, it’s easy enough to get caught up in projects you’re passionate about and in turn, allow yourself very little down time. This is a pretty dangerous practice in the business world. Of course, when you’re working, you’ve absolutely got to give it your all but you’ve certainly got to allow yourself a good break every now and again – a chance to let off steam and switch off.

As a business, our company culture means the world to us. We’ll always promote hard work and persistence, but alongside this, we’ll continue to endorse ‘switching off’ to recharge your batteries! So, what did we think was a great way to have fun, get together, recharge batteries and of course, include a smidge of healthy competition?

Yup. Paintballing.

The board of Directors, along with top performing team members from across the nation, got together for a weekend of fun, laughter and some pretty competitive gaming! Everyone got kitted up and enjoyed a great R&R retreat with an edge. Don’t believe us? Check us out….

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My Top Gun Experience – Gilles Baudet

As you probably know last weekend we took our quarterly Top Gun Weekend in Cumbria; it was massive fun and a terrific chance for some of the best performers in the business to network with people from every office across The Interactive Team. I’ve received a lot of questions about the trip, so I wanted to take the time this week to give my thoughts on the long weekend and share some of my experiences.

 

11203112_629347747165652_23448825850582038_nI think from a business perspective, probably the most beneficial aspect of our Top Gun trips is that with people there from every office you start to realise that the company is bigger than just the city you work in. You see that other people are going through the same Professional Development Programme as you, its comforting and its motivating to know that they’re going through the same stages, the same struggles and the same triumphs as you. It really gives you a sense of the bigger picture of the company, there are a lot of people up and down the country that are working towards our company goals.

I think its really great that after a Top Gun trip people can take that sense of perspective back to their own office, take that scope and that realisation back to their own teams and share their renewed enthusiasm and motivation.

 

Another thing that was great for The Interactive Team was that the activities we chose to do were completely based on team-work and that can only strengthen the business as a whole. The whole weekend was down to teams, we had this terrific competition where for every person that participated we got awarded points and whichever team had the most at the end of the day won. We really had to stick together, at every stage and every obstacle it was always about the team – team spirit was essential, and I have to say Team DWD totally rocked it!

 

Personally I think every single one of us benefitted from the trip. Everyone got to know each other on a personal level, you know doing non-work related team activities really brought people together on a different level – and it was an absolute blast.11201885_629347373832356_2998032484069049371_n

I think everyone really liked gorge walking in particular. It got us out of our comfort zones, doing things I certainly don’t normally do like jumping off cliffs into water – it was really “conquer your fears” type stuff.

I honestly can’t wait for the next trip, I don’t know where it will be, or when we can squeeze it in, but there’s no doubt in my mind that it’ll have had a positive effect on every single person that was chosen to attend.

I expect the people that attended this time to take the lessons they learned about leadership and team spirit back to their offices and gear everyone else up and teach others those lessons – which I don’t doubt for a second that they will.

 

And one last thing, I keep being asked what will it take to get on the next trip? Well this business is a meritocracy, so if you work hard every single day, hit your goals, display a powerful positive attitude that changes the attitudes of the people around you then you’ll have more than earned your place next time – and I can’t wait to spend the weekend with you when the time comes.

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The Interactive Team April Top Gun Weekend

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Long before The Interactive Team was founded, Gilles Baudet had a vision. Now that might sound a little twee but hear me out. The formation of a business can happen in many ways, sometimes you have an idea of a terrific product or service, sometimes you have a vision of the sort of company you want to build, one of principles and innovation, or sometimes you start with a great name and you go from there. Now Gilles Baudet had two out of three, but he didn’t have a set name that encompassed everything he wanted his new business to be. So he went back to the fundamentals, what did he want the business to be about? Well Gilles Baudet wanted it to be dynamic, adaptable and cutting edge and so he chose Interactive. And then he wanted his new company to reflect what was at the heart of his business – people – and so he chose Team. If a business name is to truly reflect who you are as a company it should hit on the things most important to you – and to Gilles Baudet the Team is one of the most important things in his life.

 

10422553_629348150498945_6319728089282066312_nAs the company grew Gilles Baudet made the conscious decision to continue investing in the Team – recognizing it as a central aspect of the business. It’s now become customary to place importance on team building and networking exercises, everyday we take time to learn from each other – in fact new Team members are often surprised that a company our size would sacrifice so much of the day to it – but the truth is our Team is pivotal to our success. To CEO, Gilles Baudet, this investment is a no-brainer – which is why every quarter we select the top (and the up and coming) Team members across the whole company to go away for a Top Gun long weekend. Its always massive amounts of fun – but every activity, though seemingly innocuous, is specially picked and designed to maximize team building and trust.

Last weekend, from the 24th to the 26th the best performers from all the offices, from all the cities we operate in across the UK came together in Deneholme Country House in Nothumberland for three unforgettable days.

 

Our Head of Recruitment Stacey Smith said, “everyone arrived excited, but understandably nervous for the days ahead, but by the end of it we all left the best of pals”

 

Some of the most fun was had on the second day when the group was split into two teams for an adventure competition day. For every person that participated in the activities the team would gain a point – so to win the trophy at the end of the day it really required everyone to muck in and have a go. By having such directed activities with clear goals, it really gave everyone the chance to open up and get into the spirit of the trip. With every encouragement and every pat on the back the bonds of team-work and trust grew, it was a terrific trip and many Team members are already planning their next quarterly goals to ensure their place on the next Top Gun weekend.

Below are some snaps of the Team enjoying some of the activities, to view the whole album, please visit our Facebook page here

 

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