Neil Walter, MD of Team Building at School
Neil Walters talks to BQ about how he has turned his childhood dreams of playing football into a sports based career and now encourages team building amongst adults and school children.
What is it the company does?
We supply schools (and other organisations) with their own on-site team building packages. The packages include a variety of equipment, staff training and user manuals. We also deliver team building sessions to children and staff.
Describe your role in no more than 100 words:
My role is to promote the benefits and demonstrate the value that our team building packages will bring to schools. The great thing is that we can really listen and tailor our offering depending on the individual needs of our customers.
I feel extremely passionate about working with schools and their staff to deliver staff training and provide continued professional support to ensure maximum return on investment for all children and staff that we reach.
Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?
I have spent much time working in primary schools, having a specialism in P.E and outdoor education. I have also worked as a football coach at professional football academies.
During my time working in schools, I developed our team building packages with my business partner.
I always thought it would be a good business and in 2017 took the plunge, with the aim of giving as many schools as possible their own on-site team building package.
What do you believe makes a great leader?
Someone who can inspire and empower others to be their best.
What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?
Getting into schools to see the relevant people. Also, having to do almost every bit of the business myself e.g. customer sales, digital marketing and customer care.
How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?
I have a morning mindset routine that involves going to the gym, reading and I also like to practice gratitude. I try to stay really organised and have designated work time and family time – it’s important to me that I maintain that balance and don’t feel guilty for doing one over the other.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
This is an easy one as I always wanted to be a footballer, however, injuries got in the way. Fortunately, I have managed to maintain a career that involved sport.
Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about them?
When working in schools my main focus and motivation is that everything I do is for the children and it annoys me if others don’t have that same purpose when working with children.
Where do you see the company in five years’ time?
With a bigger production line and more staff working in schools nationwide.
What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?
Believe in and be passionate about what you’re doing. On a regular basis take a step away from your workload, giving yourself time to see your vision and the bigger picture.
What do you wish someone had told you when you started out?
That I need a strategy to build relationships after supplying each school with their team building packages.
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