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01 June 2016

The Leap 100: The day I...

At the first of four events in The Leap 100 series 2016 we are joined by Jo Coburn, journalist and political correspondent for BBC News and presenter of the Daily Politics programme, and Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE, journalist and politician, former Executive Editor and now political columnist and Associate Editor of The Times.

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The Leap 100:  The Day I…

In 2015 Mishcon de Reya together with City AM created The Leap 100 to bring together 100 of the most exciting fast-growing companies in the UK.  This year a further 100 companies have been selected to join.  We want to know what these companies think about the central themes of…

Leadership, Ambition, Team and Money.

Here’s what they have to say about Leadership…

Ben Wright
MD, Wright Brothers

The day I had to make a key decision was to move myself and my family back to London where the majority of our business is based.

Chris Morling
MD, Money.co.uk

I had to make a decision on growth.  Are we going to tick along as we’ve always done or are we going to take this to the next level and have a business that’s really gonna last.

Juliette Denny
Ideologist in Chief, Growth Engineering

The day we decided we were going to go full on and focus on gamification as a real kind of key unique selling proposition of what we do at Growth Engineering was really the moment that we really felt that we were, that we were bringing it home.

John Sopher
Director & Co-Founder, Joe & Seph’s Popcorn

The day I really felt like a leader was probably three years in at our annual Christmas party when I looked at the number of people that were there and that was the stage I realised I really had a team.

Tim Emrich
CEO, UK Power Reserve

When we had to make the tough decision of how big to go in the upcoming comparison market auction.  Certainly that’s when I felt like a leader.

Juliette Denny
Ideologist in Chief, Growth Engineering

I feel most comfortable when I know my team are really kind of rocking, so I feel like I’m the best leader I can possibly be when I know that they are happy.

Ben Wright
MD, Wright Brothers

They key letting go decision was to appoint three Directors last year to the Board.  They were the first Directors we had appointed.

Chris Morling
MD, Money.co.uk

And I also remember the day I saw a meeting occurring then I had no idea what they were discussing.  Up until that point I had always been heavily involved.

Ben Wright
MD, Wright Brothers

You cannot be present in every decision and if you don’t let go effectively, you risk taking on too much yourself.

Daniel Ganclesha
Founder & CEO, Property Partner

When it would come to the weekend I would put all customer calls diverting through to my mobile and would take them all.  That obviously had to stop and the day I was able to do that was a key moment.

Adam Buck
Founder & CEO, Phaidon International

I have always believed in hiring better people than myself, not just about being better, but also being better at the things that I am not good at.

John Sopher
Director & Co-Founder, Joe & Seph’s Popcorn

I met this amazing lady and I realised then I needed to hire someone better than me and she has taught me more things that I’ve ever knew about the product and how to cook it.

Ben Wright
MD, Wright Brothers

Bringing people into the business who had been in those industries for 25 to 30 years was going to have a profound impact and of course it was a complete game changer.

Still to come…

Ambition

Team

Money

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