“Need you in Prague next week, Hugh.”
“Must finish this section next week, Hugh.”
His old company still needed him. The gaming company needed him. Good news for a new business, but standards had to be kept up. He could not risk losing either. Help was needed.
Then Hugh thought of Rob. Rob was mega bright. He had really high standards. They had different strengths but they thought the same way. They had been trained the same way. They had sat at desks next to each other since they were 13. That way, you know if you can really depend on someone. You know who will be beside you throwing snowballs and who will be sneakily burying your favourite jersey in a snowdrift.
Rob’s family too appreciated that it was a family business – in fact a two-family business now. His mother and I attended our first, and probably last, ever I.T. business fair. Festooned in badges and weighed down with leaflets, we went from stand to stand doing our best to explain the services C.C.Q. could offer. We told them all about the consultancy and programming services we could offer. Our enthusiasm bubbled over. Perhaps we scored less well on the technical questions. No new business came to the company from that fair.
Rob’s father understood the technical aspects, and much more besides. He was soon a tower of strength in Skype discussions on the best way forward. We were a good team, sharing our skills, all aware of our own limitations and of each other’s strengths. Rob’s brothers too were ready to help, working as furniture removers during a project to install appropriate wiring and hardware in a client’s new office building. Ben is now an integral part of the team, but that only happened a long time later.
Rob came originally because he was needed to share the work. But it is so much more important than that. This was the most important moment in the history of C.C.Q. Whether the work is there or not, you need two people with complementary core skills who share the same hopes and dreams for the business. However much support there is from the family, Aristotle was right. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Try making a fire with only one stick. You will struggle. But with two sticks… You may not even need a match.
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