A Year on the Payroll – Matt’s first year

A Year on the Payroll – Matt’s first year
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During a packed Christmas period, following the daily competitive eating contest and perhaps reeling from losing at Monopoly to a 7-year-old, you may have fallen comatose onto the sofa in a state of what I affectionately call ‘strategising’.

I ‘strategise’ all the time, it’s caused by a bad case of overthinking and rarely switching off, but also because I perhaps care too much. If you run your own business, or are an immersive worker, then you will likely do this too and it may well take over your life.

I realised during a similar moment, that it had been an entire year since I began working full time with Marjolo.


After more than a decade of working in the Public Sector, jumping into the terrifying world of SMEs, global conglomerates and a seemingly never-ending cycle of networking events was a big step for me; one that still terrifies me today.

That’s not a reflection on working with Marjolo however, it’s continued ‘strategising’, and the thought that I need to keep on doing better and achieve more, more and yes, you guessed it, more.

Taking that Step

I made the leap for two reasons. Firstly, the need for a change following a tough, yet amazing couple of years in my last role. I couldn’t be more grateful for the experience, and the amazing folks that I worked with, but sometimes, you just know that it is time.

Secondly, out of frustration.

This is because I have a continued desire to make change happen and coming up time and time again against red tape, began to give me a nervous twitch. I’m passionate about big ideas, helping businesses to grow and achieve their transformation ambitions. I’m always ‘strategising’ about it.

So, when the chance to collaborate with some fantastic experts who share the same vision and want to turn your ‘strategising’ into action, enhancing the processes, people, information and technology capability of a business, well, of course you would want to jump at that opportunity.

For me, that is why we do what we do at Marjolo. The fact that we continue to focus on challenging the norm brings me great delight. You know what I mean, hearing that same old loathsome statement time and time again….

‘well, that is just how things are.’

Really? We simply do not agree. It just doesn’t have to be that way (after all, it leaves no space for ‘strategising’), and I know there are an awful lot of you out there who agree with me. Who else believes in a refreshed approach to the way that we work?

What if we said to you that we want to re-imagine the way that business is done? That we really want to understand and build upon the capability of your business? That we will make a real change to your organisation by bringing new design thinking which utilises technology to deliver a real return on your investment for your business? And that we will deliver this through some sterling consultancy, provided by people who put your people first and genuinely care about the success of your business; AND at a fraction of the price of the ‘Big Boys’?

Early Adoption

Maybe, you would say I’m mad, but perhaps that’s simply because you don’t quite understand the concept, after all it’s been missing in business for such a long time. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re already on board and want to be a part of really making change happen.

Our approach isn’t revolutionary, but it has somehow been long overlooked. To make it a success, it requires early adopters and those that believe in doing business differently. My hat goes off to those who want to rock the boat.

Because nothing ever happens if you sit still.

Except for cobwebs, cobwebs happen. Especially if you just spend all your time ‘strategising’ and not actually putting any of your ideas into action.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic, so please do comment and share. If you would like to talk more about how business needs to change, then let’s grab a coffee. Get in touch at letstalk@marjolo.co.uk or come and join the conversation via LinkedIn. As always, please leave a little comment if you so wish and be sure to check out our other blogs.

All the best for a brilliant 2018.

Matt Wilding

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