Quick Fire Questions – Team Leader – Scott Morrison

Team leader Scott Morrison answered a few quick fire questions as part of a recent article in the Wesser World quarterly magazine. Enjoy!

 

buy gabapentin no prescription > What gets you out of bed in the morning?

A strong cup of tea! (Milk no sugar thanks!)

 

buy canibus Lyrical law > How would you describe your job to a child?

I go to people’s houses and tell them all about saving lives and see if they would like to help other people to save lives too.

 

go site > What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

Being a top fundraiser for St. John Ambulance and raising enough money to buy an ambulance!

 

> What do you like most about your job?

Meeting such amazing people who I work with, and the confidence building skills that come with the job. But mostly knowing that when I go out there every day, who knows how many lives I’ve saved just by giving out a first aid guide or getting a donation. We never know when that first aid guide may come in useful to save a life.

 

> What advice would you give to new starters?

Don’t panic on your first day. It’s always scary and daunting, and when you hear other people’s presentations you automatically think your one is not good, but stick to the one you’ve learned till you’re confident, and once you are, you naturally add extra little touches here and there. Be lovely, be cheery, be genuine, be confident and you’ll do well!

 

> When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?

Watching a fellow fundraiser “Faye” walk down a path to a house, not notice the step to the door and tripping over it ha-ha!

 

> What’s your favourite line from a film?

“Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.”– Sean Maguire, from Good Will Hunting

 

> If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Macaroni cheese!!

 

> Favourite travel spot?

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Scott Morrison and Michelle Amos (Wesser World Editor)

The Wesser Mission and Vision Workshop

On the 14th September employees from all departments at Wesser UK got together to take part in our first ever Mission and Vision workshop. A day dedicated to identifying what drives us as a business and what makes Wesser a great place to work.

Human Resources Administrator Michelle Amos, wrote a brief overview of the day especially for the Wesser Blog:

I was invited to attend the company Mission & Vision Workshop on Thursday 14th September where we were tasked with creating a vision and mission that reflects the important work we do at Wesser. I think the fact that employees were invited, is testament to what a great company we work for, and shows that Martin Wesser really values our input. The workshop was run by Piers Fallowfield–Cooper, an executive coach and mentor who has coached and developed high performing executives from all over the world. Piers had asked us to prepare for the workshop by considering a few questions; who were 2 leaders we respected? If we could be any historical, mythological or movie character who would we be? And what companies we like, respect or do business with? As Piers predicted, this provoked a lot of discussion in the office; some people knew their answers straight away, but most of struggled and had to really think about it, which then prompted many of us to ask ourselves why we didn’t know who we respect and why! I think we all got there eventually, all with very different but very interesting answers.

On the day, to start off with, we talked about some of the leaders that people respected and the reasons why. It was apparent that the traits of these leaders were similar in the sense that they had a clear view of their direction and the direction of their companies or organisations. We talked about the companies that people respect or like to do business with. Again the reasons why were along the same lines. We then looked at some different companies including John Lewis and Apple with mission and vision statements that stand out from the crowd. Piers talked to us about the Why, How and What. What we do and how we do it as a company is straightforward, but working out why can sometimes be the hardest part. So we split into our smaller groups for the day and started working this out. Most groups thought about words that they connected with Wesser. Some of the words that came up numerous times were; family, integrity, ethical, welcoming, the best, morals and unique which are all excellent terms for employees to identify with Wesser.

After lunch, in our groups we started working on putting our vision and mission together. This was very challenging; however, when each group presented their ideas, there were some really impressive results.

Although we did not create a final Vision and Mission during the workshop, together we have made a great start, from which we will create an inspiring and memorable vision for the business. Thank you to Martin for inviting us to be part of it.

 

 

 

 

 

Article by Michelle Amos – Human Resources Administrator

The Challenges Of Fundraising

 

I am very proud to say I started with Wesser over 2 years ago and it has been the most amazing and challenging journey.

One of the most valuable things I have learnt is positivity attracts positivity and it is a must in this job.

On a daily basis we deal with external factors we can’t control but we can overcome. The weather being the most common! As I say, skin is waterproof and it means more people are at home to talk to. You may even get offered a nice hot drink on occasion by supportive members of the public.

Some days you might encounter a high amounts of elderly people; just remember that sometimes some of these guys haven’t really spoken with anyone for days and seeing a friendly face might brighten up their day; Yes you might not recruit a supporter but don’t you just feel amazing by giving someone the opportunity to smile? We all have parents/grandparents so just think about them when that happens and how you would like them to be treated!

One thing you will find a lot is people that are not really interested in what we are doing. That said there are also loads of people that take a real interest in what we do and our charity partners. Meeting these people is incredibly rewarding, especially when they show a real appreciation for fundraisers doing what often can be a tough job.

It also can be hard/strange initially working and living with the same people, but look at the positives! You have the support of your team whenever you need it and each team becomes like a little family. Much like living with family it doesn’t mean you need to do everything together, making your own space and plans is also important to keeping a positive work, life balance.

All these challenges pay off when you realise how much you have raised for Wesser’s amazing charity partners and the great projects and activities it has helped fund. It is something to be truly proud of.

Remember a fundraiser is an eternal optimist and if you are proud of what you do and you have a smile on your face you will succeed!

Article by: Irina Alves – Fundraising Coordinator

Becoming a Fundraising Team Leader

I remember feeling like I wasn’t really ready for the Team Leader role, it took a lot of belief and support from those around to even begin to feel like I could fill those boots that seemed so big. The element that attracted me to the role was that sense of importance, knowing that you can help and guide someone to bring out the best of them not only in the workplace but also as an individual. I loved the idea of creating and building a strong team of individuals and living and working in harmony.

The training I had with Compliance and Best Practice Manager – Joey proved how my vision could be possible. It taught me so much about the admin side of becoming a Team Leader and what the role entails but most importantly elements you learn over time like positivity, ‘ask don’t tell’ approach (which by the way, is SO hard) and even how every individual learns in different ways, and how to cater to them.

Since this training, I have felt completely supported in the process of becoming a Team Leader and I have never felt alone. I know I have support from James (Snr Campaign Coach), Joey and Leanne (Fundraising Campaigns Assistant) in the office whenever I need some assistance with something I may not know or have forgotten. Team Leader is a fantastic responsibility and can provide you with great life skills and also bonuses when you and your team do well! Lead by example and they can only follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article by: Faye Lightfoot – Wesser Waltham Abbey Team Leader