Last night (bonfire night), all the family came together to plan our own mini fireworks display. We gave the kids a choice, do you want to go to an organised bonfire and firework display. Or, shall we have one of our own?
They were really excited and it was unanimous. So we high tailed it to the local town and called at the firework shop (normally it’s a scooter shop, but come bonfire night it changes its spots).
We couldn’t really have a bonfire as such. Instead we got the chimera roaring. I know, not even a close second to a proper bonfire, but it’s all we had to work with.
Aside of not having a proper bonfire. We all had a great time, especially the kids. We had rockets, lots of sparkles, massive bangs and a sea of wonderful colours. An hour or so went by in a matter of minutes.
This morning though, the garden looks like a seen out of Armageddon. With spent fireworks strewn everywhere. And, it got me thinking about the real reason why we celebrate bonfire night.
We all know the story, don’t we? A group of resolute Catholics in 1605, led by Guy Fawkes had planned to blow up the House of Lords and the protestant James I. But the plan was foiled the evening before and Fawkes was captured and executed. (not quite executed, he managed to commit suicide, before he was hung, drawn and quartered!).
This is what I thought too! But after reading in to it some more. It turns out that Guy Fawkes was not the ring leader, he was asked to join the plot because of his expertise with gun powder and given the most perilous of roles – to source and ignite the explosives.
The plotters where actually led by Robert Catesby. So, it’s somewhat surprising that Fawkes and not ring leader Catesby who is remembered. But, it was Fawkes, who was caught red-handed, tortured and planned to be executed. Catesby was killed trying to evade capture and was never tried.
In business we can learn from this story. You don’t have to be the person in charge to make a difference. Maybe, this is an extreme example. But, Guy Fawkes, certainly made a name for himself, that has stuck with us for centuries.
Now, I’m not suggesting, we all go out and blow things up. But, what I am suggesting is that all of us, no matter what roles we have in organisations, can make a difference and make a name of ourselves.
Come Monday, I’ll be discussing this with my printing solutions team, and planning ways, how each one of them can make a real difference for themselves and for our business.