There is no I in team


BY Sam Davies


25 June 2016

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9 years ago I decided I would take fate into my own hands and start a small business. With the unwavering support of my girlfriend (now wife) I quit two menial jobs and began a career as a ‘Designer’, with no savings and no experience. What has ensued has been a crazy and sometimes painful ride but I am still here and a hopefully have learnt a few things along the way. Welcome to my world.

As my client base grew and the jobs I took on required more hands and more brains to deliver, I quickly learnt that the lure of a quick buck by sub-contracting cheap talent and skimming the ‘cream’, was pure fantasy. What I needed was a team. The difference between a ‘Team’ and a bunch of people working on a project is that the ‘Team’ have a common interest at heart and actually ‘care’ about the outcome.

I talk a lot about ‘care’ a lot when discussing successful businesses or products. I believe that it is the main difference between success and failure. Walk into any cafe with a line outside for Sunday brunch and what you will notice is an abundance of care, love, and attention; from the cutlery to the quality of the bacon. The empty competition across the street, they are still bitching about the price of free-range eggs.

I am sure you can run a successful business without a true ‘team’ but it sure as hell is much easier to deliver quality when you have a unified group of people behind you. The last 6 months in the studio have solidified the importance of this to me. I am so lucky to have managed to convince an amazing group people to join me on my crazy journey. Having a group of caring, thoughtful, opinionated humans around me every day makes the job worth getting up for. As a team we are trying to make a difference with the work we do, it is about more than money and career objectives. The accomplishment of working towards a common goal (often under severe duress) and delivering to a happy client is immensely gratifying.

Personal achievements are great and making money has its perks but building a community of passionate, hard-working professionals who actually give a shit about their trade is what I want to do. There really is no I in team and no future in a selfish business.

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Sam Davies

Sam has been running a Digital Agency in some form or another for almost a decade. He loves the internet and the positive changes it has brought to the world but still loves time away from the glowing cubes. Surf, Fish, Drink, Cook, Laugh….Drink! You can follow him on Instagram @samdaviesdn and on Snapchat @digitalnoir