The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.
I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.
Can you please tell everyone your name?
What is your job role?
Founder & Managing Director
Tell us about your company?
Avec UK is a dynamic design and product development company that works in partnership with large retail chains in the UK, USA & AU.
What do you love most about your job?
The people! Creating a team of A-Players… and developing their skills and tapping into their personal passions… create the most rewarding journey and the most incredible team culture.
What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
We are very good at what we do… and we don’t rest on past glories… so every day we challenge our way of thinking and working and ask – CAN THIS BE BETTER? Our product, packaging, branding, processes, and culture is ever evolving as we keep pushing ourselves not to get comfortable
How do your co-workers inspire you?
Their passion and enthusiasm for bringing their best to work, means we all thrive from each other’s energy and love for what we do. It is an inspiring team to work with – as each person has their own speciality, and differences are celebrated.
How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I will admit it – I am a big fan of singing… so there tend to be some ad hoc moments of madness… and whilst eyes may roll – it keeps the tempo upbeat, and no one takes ourselves too seriously.
What are some of the challenges of your job?
Delivering news to customers that may impact on sale dates and project deliveries is always tough. Those conversations can be challenging… and we tend to talk through how we can best propose improvements. Keeping motivated when things go wrong (which they do!) is always going to be a challenge. Luckily there is not a blame culture, and we focus on the learns… which keeps the impact a positive
What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
We have learnt that transparency throughout the project with all parties (end to end) – internally and externally – means that decisions can be made that are more inclusive. Previously there has been a sense that the decision making had to be made internally – but by proactively involving customers in the progress and any potential pitfalls, our mantra of “partnership by design” is easier to deliver
What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
LOVE what you do! It is so hard. It is easier to overcome the hurdles if you have a passion and love for what you do. You will be less dissuaded and likely to abandon your goals.
Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web: