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Me and My Sabbatical

Me and My Sabbatical
MD and founder of Resolve, Andrew Seaton, is taking a three-month sabbatical. Here, Andrew explains how that is possible and what he'll be up to.

So, I am taking a sabbatical – “What’s that?” I hear you cry, as it isn’t something you hear every day.

Wiki helpfully says that “In recent times, "sabbatical" has come to mean any extended absence in the career of an individual in order to achieve something. In the modern sense, one takes sabbatical typically to fulfil some goal, e.g., writing a book or travelling extensively for research.”

And so that’s pretty much it – I am, from 1st of May, taking three months away from work entirely to achieve a few goals.


Why?
This is something that I have been thinking about for over a year now, and I have a few other things that I would like to achieve and now seems a great time to do it.

 

What will you be achieving?
One of the things I have wanted to do for several years is build my own car – so I will be building a Caterham 7 car (no, I have never done anything like this, and the instruction manual is 169 pages long, but I hope it will provide a rewarding challenge). The car comes in many, many pieces and if all goes well, it should look like this when it is finished:

I will also spend a good amount of the time reading – I am well behind on reading all the business books I would like.


How can you do this?
This is a question several people have asked me. There are a few keys to this:
• Because I have a brilliant team
• Because Resolve is built with strong systems and processes
• Because we have a defined culture and everyone knows what is expected of them

When I started Resolve 14 years ago, I had no idea of the journey that I had embarked upon. Along with some amazing people, I have been privileged to grow Resolve into a great company. We consistently deliver an outstanding customer experience, and we do this for some wonderful organisations who do brilliant things. Because of that great team, and because we have a strong culture and defined systems in place, I am 100% confident that Resolve will run smoothly over the next three months (the scary thing is that if it runs better!)


Will you be retiring or selling resolve?
No, I won’t be doing either. I genuinely enjoy working at Resolve – it is a great company, with such a great group of people and an amazing culture. This is a temporary thing, and I will be back on the 1st of August.

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  1. Jane Ide
    04.05.2018

    Was it something we said, Andy? ;-)

    I think this is brilliant; authentic leadership at its best and demonstrates to your team just how much faith and confidence you have in them.

    Am looking forward to seeing how many bits of Caterham you have left over after building your Caterham though ;-)

    Enjoy, and let's catch up when you're back.

    J

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