It Started with a Line

Jan 2014

Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have communicated in a wide variety of ways.  It is thought that early man (and woman) used a series of grunts to indicate their desires.  This may still be the case!

Then came the art of story-telling through the form of drawing.  Genius!  Not only did it provide entertainment for the Neolithic age, it also gave the archaeological fraternity a reason to get over excited and creative.

Things progressed quickly over the next few millennia and languages were developed.  According to the ‘all-knowing’ Wikipedia, Sumerian is believed to be the first written language – dating back to around 3000BC. Modern English appeared in the latter part of the 17th Century, having transitioned through a number of phases.  Klingon was created in 1985, proving it’s never too late to introduce something new.

During the time that languages have been evolving, so has technology.  Since the days of Ada Lovelace, computers have advanced at an alarming rate.  This has influenced the way we communicate.  In some countries in the world, there is a fear that the social interaction for the younger generations is moving away from being able to interact face to face.

From the humble letter to the gr8 txt msg, our lives (well some) have been swept along with the techno-communication tidal wave.  At Verticality, we pride ourselves on communicating with clients and candidates.  Over the years, modes of communication have changed.  Letter writing is gradually become a thing of the past – but still has a place, and the same may be true for email.  Texting, Skype and social media (Twitter/Facebook, etc.) are fast becoming the preferred mode of ‘talking’ to each other. 

For us, without question, the telephonic communicator still reigns supreme.  It allows us to discuss roles in more detail, gather requirements and assess abilities.  We also remove ourselves from being a ‘faceless entity’ by meeting with candidates and clients alike. 

Part of what sets us apart is our ability to make the individual feel like an individual and not a series of words on a CV.  We embrace technology, but not at the detriment of our core values.

Verticality Challenge - The Result

Oct 2013

The race day finally arrived, starting with a blanket of blue skies and a glowing ball of sunshine.  I realised it was 7am so I went back to sleep.  When I next woke up, I considered the possibility that I had dreamt the first view from my window.  Rain, gloom and the utterings of ‘really????’ swathed over race day. 

The time came for us to meet at the pub.  We left the pub to make our way to the starting point.  Stephen cycled to warm up and check out the course, Joe got a lift and Sam came cross country with me.  On the way, Sam had to clean his brakes and walk part of the track.  Sadly, the tractors had been having a bit of a play and had torn up the course.  I went ahead to give Sam a little space.  Three of us congregated at the start, waiting for Sam.  Eventually, he could be seen in the distance.  A decision was taken to allow Sam to do the road route and for Joe to run a less churned up (but slightly longer) course.

Verticality Challenge - Update

Oct 2013

With less than 24 hours to go until we take on our challenge, the competition stress is beginning to show.  Preparation has started – yesterday – for what is going to be the race of the year.  Forget the build-up to the London Olympics, this is going to be epic!

Due to recent adverse weather conditions (and the fact that my pony is rather objectionable to transportation), the location has been changed to another tiny village in neighbouring Bedfordshire.  We decided the danger factor was too much when Sam arrived in the office one morning having fallen off twice.  On the plus side, the finishing line is a local watering hole!