Is it time for revolution?

I'm currently reading a book called The Entrepreneur Revolution written by Daniel Priestley. One of the chapters really grabbed me and made me think about our team at MacGregor’s. Priestley states that the age of industrial business (1850 to fairly recent) has created three principals which hold so many of us back they are;

  1. Work hard now and get the pay day at the end

  2. Work isn’t meant to be fun

  3. Prove how smart you are by knowing all the answers

He reasons that the promise that if we work hard now we'll be "safe" and be able to enjoy ourselves when we retire. He believes this holds back risk taking. He asks why people waste the best days of their life doing things they don’t really enjoy. Working in this environment holds back creativity. In contrast he urges us to live in the moment, to challenge the norms and seize the day. The second pillar of the industrial model is based on the premise that having fun at work is not possible. The weekends are for fun and creativity. He questions how you can have a successful job today if you don't have a passion for it. The modern world is so well connected that you can share your passion with others all across the world and find ways of making a business from it. Yes, the passion may well take dedicated effort and work but fun is always at the centre of the business keeping stress at bay. Having fun also attracts talented people, more of which later! The third point relates to schooling. We are coached from an early age that 'knowing everything' is the key to success. Now we are beginning to realise that knowing the answers is less important than knowing how to get the answers. I quickly realised that working with people who are better at things than me was the key to any project being a success!

When I look at what we are creating at MacGregors, our whole ethos of ‘more than a bar’ seems to apply particularly with these three elements of the Entrepreneurial Revolution.

We have tried to ensure everyone visiting MacGregors has a fun time and we actively encourage everyone working at the bar to chat with visitors and engage with them. We are passionate about Scottish history, culture, music and of course food and drink and we want that passion to be shared. It’s the ‘experience’ we’re keen to promote which we hope makes the difference.

I can honestly say that the team assembled by our bar manager Aaron is exceptional. Time and again we get comments about our staff, about their product knowledge and their engagement. All the team have their specific strengths and they’re keen to work with one another to strengthen the overall knowledge of the squad. Aaron and the team's knowledge on the products we sell is way ahead of mine.

Our 'Fired Up' kitchen team are constantly striving for excellence and share our passion for all things Scottish. Having John Lockhart in charge of the food and the kitchen has made our lives so much easier because he brings great experience and hands on knowledge, things which our management team didn't have. Having people who know more than you is vital! There is no way I could have opened MacGregor’s without the vision and skills of Jo De Sylva. Her experience in property development and interior design have been vital in our opening. Her ability to find bargains and haggle for the best prices is also a skill that few people I know can match! She also has an attention to detail which keep the bar moving forward and improving.

So we add up all the aspects; the design, the food and drink offerings, the culture and music, all exciting things to be involved with and to be celebrated.

Without doubt our aim is to be “more than a bar” (thanks to FC Barcelona for the inspiration!) and it’s an exciting time for us all!



"Entrepreneur Revolution" written by Daniel Priestley published by Capstone

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