“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”
– African Proverb
It’s 1943. A young Hugh Ewart aged eighteen arrives by train at Spean Bridge. He is part of a band of recruits from across the armed services that have been selected to do the newly created Commando course on the Achnacarry Estate. On disembarking the train they are told they have to speed-march eight miles up to Achnacarry Castle in under an hour. Failure to do so means being immediately returned to unit (RTU).
The enormity of Andy Murray’s win at Wimbledon last Sunday still hasn’t quite sunk in across our nation.
Last Saturday 25th May 2013 I was in Oxford for Summer VIII’s – the annual inter collegiate rowing regatta of bumps racing. I was there to support St Anne’s Boat Club “SABC”, my former boat club (1997 to 2000) now supported by Redington. Watching the joy of bumping and the agony of being bumped I reflected on why rowers do what they do, and what lessons they learn doing their sport that prepare them for life after university.
Happy Birthday Team Redington! Seven years ago on 16th May 2006 Redington was founded.
Teams are essential in solving the world’s most complex challenges. And solving the global pensions challenge is, without a doubt, one that requires collective action. One could even say, because of its scale and gravity, that it requires a ‘Super Team’.
Seven years ago, today, on Friday 31st March 2006 I resigned from Merrill Lynch. I loved my time at Merrill Lynch; I loved the work, the energy, my colleagues and the challenge of investment banking. In fact, I had only just been promoted to Director in the Insurance & Pensions Solutions Group and I certainly didn’t know there was an inbound “Global Financial Crisis” around the corner. So why resign?