Lessons from Frank Dick

Posted 10/12/2019 by Benet Hanley

Technology Scotland held their 4th Annual Dinner on 14th November and, as a corporate sponsor to Technology Scotland, Enigma People Solutions was delighted to host a table at the event.

Frank Dick OBE, one of the countries best and most consistently inspiring motivational speakers. Frank Dick is, President of the European Athletics Coaches Association, Member of the World Athletics Coaches Commission. From 1974 to 1994 he was the British Athletics Federation’s Director of Coaching, where he was widely acknowledged as one of the outstanding sports coaches in the world.

Well, first off, I have to declare that Frank Dick is one of my ultimate coaching heroes, so I was energised to know that he was presenting the after-dinner speech and he did not disappoint!

So, what did we learn from Frank that we can take away from another highly successful evening provided by Technology Scotland?

Well first of all we received a clear demonstration of great public speaking; humorous, engaging and stimulating with great energy, presence and authority!

Here are some of the high-level takeaways that resonated most with me and that I thought were most appropriate for the Tech Industry in Scotland!
 

  1. Anticipate what “excellence” will look like in the future!

Now I know that we are in an industry that focuses almost solely on designing and developing the technology of the future but with that also comes the need to imagine and develop the businesses of the future and for Technology Scotland and a number of other organisations, the technology ecosystems and clusters of the future. Technology Scotland and Photonics Scotland have done just this with their paper “A vision for 2030” that highlights the Scottish Photonics Industry as a £1 billion industry supporting over 4,000 highly skilled jobs and that is estimated to triple by 2030. In fact a recent report into Photonics production by Region had Scotland as the 3rd highest producing region in the UK behind the South East and the East of England

 

  1. Work on handling change!

With such highly anticipated growth for the Photonics industry, and of course all that is happening politically in the UK and internationally, Frank’s point to “work on handling change” makes even more sense now, and for the coming years, than ever. We will see employment challenges with IR35 changing the landscape for contractors, we don’t yet know what will happen with our work visa systems and our ability to attract and retain international talent to the UK, although there are signs for the UK tech industry that work visa availability will increase. The government recently announced plans to reinstate the two-year post-study work visa allowing International students at British universities to stay in the UK for two years after graduation, up from the current 4 months. 

 

  1. Protect against complacency

As Frank pointed out, the top performers in sports or industry never settle with “where they are”, they never “arrive” at a destination. Rather, they choose to focus on being in the process of improving, developing and challenging themselves to exceed the current performance levels. They know that out there, their competitors are constantly setting new goals and challenges. Our industry in Scotland enjoys strong partnerships with universities developing the best homegrown talent for the future. The industry must also work to retain that talent whilst also attracting the best international talent to enhance the breadth and depth of innovation and to make it competitive globally.

 

  1. Competitive Collaboration or complaboration

This, more than anything Frank proposed, is where I believe Scottish companies can make huge gains internationally. Working with other organisations in the ecosystem is vital for the growth of the sector, be it via support systems such as the Innovate UK Catapult Centres, Censis, The Knowledge Transfer Network or with commercial competitors and collaborators. I believe that the networking and engagement opportunities afforded to Technology Scotland members not only serve the individual organisations but the wider ecosystem, community and industry.

 

  1. Attitude

Finally, Frank told us about the attitude of winners and this is something I believe the Scottish Tech industry can continue to develop. I see many members of Technology Scotland representing Scotland at international trade fares, Technology Scotland does great work representing the industry at events throughout the UK and internationally themselves. There is great sense in talking the Scottish Tech industry and Scotland as a country up. To set goals, to aspire, to commit and to believe!


Thank you to Technology Scotland for Championing the Scottish Tech industry and to Frank Dick for some inspiration!  
 

Enigma People Solutions is an award-winning technology recruitment consultancy. We find technical leaders for the emerging and enabling technology industries. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in photonics, electronics, semiconductor, software and IoT in Scotland and the UK. Check out our blog page for the latest in the technology industry. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on + 44 131 510 8150

Comments

What's up to all, how is the whole thing, I think every one is getting more from this web page, and your views are pleasant in favor of new viewers. Koszulki piłkarskie
Posted on October 16, 2020 by Sang
It's in fact very complicated in this active life to listen news on TV, thus I just use the web for that purpose, and obtain the latest news. Fotballdrakter
Posted on October 16, 2020 by Wilfred
Nice blog here! Also your site loads up fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol voetbalshirt
Posted on October 16, 2020 by Maple
If you are going for best contents like I do, only visit this website daily as it provides quality contents, thanks Maglie Calcio Bambino
Posted on October 16, 2020 by Velma
Aw, this was a very nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to produce a superb article᾿but what can I say᾿I hesitate a lot and never manage to get anything done. Fodboldtrøjer
Posted on October 16, 2020 by Cornelius
Hello friends, its fantastic post concerning teachingand fully explained, keep it up all the time. fußball-trikot
Posted on October 16, 2020 by Joellen
Hi there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading your posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects? Appreciate it! Fotbollströja
Posted on October 15, 2020 by Porter
You've made some good points there. I checked on the internet for more info about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site. Fotbollströja barn
Posted on October 15, 2020 by Merlin
Thanks in favor of sharing such a pleasant thinking, article is pleasant, thats why i have read it fully koszulki piłkarskie z nadrukiem
Posted on October 15, 2020 by Miriam
Hello there! I simply wish to offer you a big thumbs up for the great information you have got here on this post. I am coming back to your web site for more soon. tyskland drakt
Posted on October 15, 2020 by Mikayla
magnificent publish, very informative. I ponder why the other specialists of this sector do not understand this. You should proceed your writing. I'm sure, you have a great readers' base already! Zweden Shirt
Posted on October 15, 2020 by Rayford
Hi, yes this post is actually pleasant and I have learned lot of things from it about blogging. thanks. jalkapallo pelipaidat
Posted on October 14, 2020 by Jackie
Do you have any video of that? I'd care to find out more details. Magletta Barcellona
Posted on October 14, 2020 by Berniece
Just wish to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your post is just great and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the rewarding work. Maglie inter milan
Posted on October 05, 2020 by Agnes
Good response in return of this query with genuine arguments and describing everything regarding that. Barcelona Paita
Posted on October 04, 2020 by Eleanor
Thank you for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further post thanks once again. Maillot Borussia Dortmund
Posted on October 04, 2020 by Rene
Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the net the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks camisetas de futbol oficiales
Posted on October 04, 2020 by Ingrid
This paragraph is actually a pleasant one it helps new web viewers, who are wishing for blogging. Portugal Trøje
Posted on October 04, 2020 by Mikel
I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is needed to get setup? I'm assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I'm not very web savvy so I'm not 100% positive. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers bayern munchen fotbollströjor
Posted on October 04, 2020 by Marianne
It is perfect time to make some plans for the longer term and it's time to be happy. I've read this submit and if I may just I desire to counsel you some interesting issues or suggestions. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article. I desire to learn more issues approximately it! Deutschland Trikot
Posted on October 04, 2020 by Pasquale
I could not refrain from commenting. Perfectly written! fotballdrakter barn
Posted on October 04, 2020 by Julissa
First off I would like to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question that I'd like to ask if you don't mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Many thanks! Maglie Calcio
Posted on October 03, 2020 by Angelina
I was able to find good info from your blog posts. PSG Paita
Posted on October 03, 2020 by Norris
What's Going down i'm new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It absolutely helpful and it has aided me out loads. I am hoping to give a contribution & aid other users like its aided me. Good job. Maillot Atletico Madrid
Posted on October 03, 2020 by Brady
Informative article, totally what I wanted to find. Camiseta Real Madrid
Posted on October 03, 2020 by Shad
You could certainly see your skills within the work you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren't afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart. Real Madrid Trøje
Posted on October 02, 2020 by Deon
Hello, i think that i saw you visited my website thus i came to “return the favor᾿I am trying to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!! fussball trikot
Posted on October 02, 2020 by Samara
You are so awesome! I do not think I've truly read through anything like that before. So nice to find someone with unique thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that's needed on the web, someone with some originality! bayern munchen fotbollströjor
Posted on October 02, 2020 by Alyssa
This is a very good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate information… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read article! Barcelona Drakt
Posted on October 02, 2020 by Lucy
Great beat ! I would like to apprentice at the same time as you amend your web site, how can i subscribe for a weblog website? The account helped me a applicable deal. I were a little bit familiar of this your broadcast offered shiny transparent concept West Ham United tröja
Posted on September 30, 2020 by Ivy
Hi there! I know this is sort of off-topic but I had to ask. Does managing a well-established website such as yours require a lot of work? I'm completely new to running a blog however I do write in my diary on a daily basis. I'd like to start a blog so I can share my personal experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for new aspiring blog owners. Thankyou! Island landslagsdrakt
Posted on September 29, 2020 by Florrie
This is very interesting, You're an overly professional blogger. I've joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your great post. Additionally, I have shared your web site in my social networks Manchester City drakt 2021
Posted on September 29, 2020 by Alexis
Hello all, here every one is sharing these experience, therefore it's fastidious to read this webpage, and I used to pay a visit this website all the time. maglie calcio Francia 2021
Posted on September 29, 2020 by Gabriella
You made some good points there. I looked on the net to learn more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website. Arsenal nya trøje
Posted on September 29, 2020 by Felipa
Somebody essentially assist to make significantly posts I'd state. That is the first time I frequented your web page and so far? I surprised with the research you made to create this actual publish extraordinary. Magnificent activity! PSG fodboldtrøjer
Posted on September 29, 2020 by Marvin
Your means of explaining everything in this paragraph is really fastidious, all can simply be aware of it, Thanks a lot. voetbaltenue kind
Posted on September 28, 2020 by Carmel
Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers? I'm kinda paranoid about losing everything I've worked hard on. Any suggestions? Koszulka Inter Mediolan
Posted on September 27, 2020 by Fanny
Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post! It is the little changes that will make the most significant changes. Thanks for sharing! Koszulka Czechy
Posted on September 27, 2020 by Mac
Good article. I'm facing a few of these issues as well.. Achetez dès maintenant le nouveau Maillot Juventus 2020/2021
Posted on September 26, 2020 by Kian
This piece of writing is really a fastidious one it helps new internet viewers, who are wishing in favor of blogging. Fußballtrikot
Posted on August 19, 2020 by Perry
What's up to every one, it's genuinely a pleasant for me to pay a quick visit this website, it includes priceless Information. Maglie francia
Posted on August 18, 2020 by Madonna
Great blog Ben, however the most recent figures show Scotland outperforms ALL other UK regions in Photonics GVA per employee.
Posted on January 10, 2020 by Stephen Taylor

Post Comment

*
*
*
Ready to find your next big challenge? Let's Go!