A eureka moment certainly, but the implementation was going to be far from easy. The strain of pivoting a business so rapidly did take its toll. “I had founder staff leave and the passion I had for my vision was tested to the limit on a few notable occasions. But it forced me to address the resource gaps in my company, my own skill gaps, and how to get them filled.”
Despite the daunting size of the task, it mandated clearer, more centred thinking. Fiona sold off a part of Aitus Group that wasn’t a core focus—even to the point of turning down potentially lucrative opportunities, including a partnership with a successful online marketer with a multi-million-pound sales track record.
Looking back, Fiona admits that with the benefit of hindsight, she would have taken the time to:
- Clarify her vision for the company with her team and making sure they understood it
- Develop a more detailed plan for implementation to speed up the process
- Recognise which of her team were right for the next stage of her company and which were potential roadblocks