Starting any new role brings a level of excitement and challenge. What did that look like for GRENKE’s Newcastle Branch Manager, Adam McGuire?

We asked Adam for his insights into the battles of starting not only a new role, but a new branch during the heat of lockdown. Adam brings to GRENKE a wealth of experience in the leasing world and in depth customer knowledge. With roles at both Anglo Scottish Asset Finance Limited and Academy Leasing and is an excellent asset to run the team at our Newcastle Branch.

Adam, could you tell us about your experience of starting your new role at GRENKE?

Starting my new role in May 2020, right in the middle of lock down, was very surreal! All my training has been online or via Skype which has made the training very interesting. I very quickly learned at GRENKE, they have a very talented team on board from Director Level, through to Branch Leaders & External Sales People. The short time I have worked at GRENKE I feel very privileged to be part of the team & have enjoyed going out to see our customers/resellers in the North East of England & introducing myself (restrictions dependant!).

What was your biggest challenge?

Here at GRENKE, I don’t feel there has been a big challenge as our online systems have adapted very well to the situation of working away from the office. Yes, training has been a little different online. However, I did use the opportunity to duplicate the training & re-visit the GRENKE Systems in my own time.

What helped you get through the first few months?

Keeping in contact with all the staff at GRENKE has really been valuable, as everyone has their own little tips & recommendations within GRENKE.

Did it change the way you worked with your resellers/customers?

The only difference was I had to introduce myself through the telephone & emails with COVID-19 & the lockdown, once this was eased, I found great pleasure & enthusiasm visiting our extremely supportive resellers; helping & talking through any new solutions we could offer.  

Do you have any top tips for employees starting a job entirely remotely?

Yes, keep in touch with all the great staff you may have, whether it be via Skype/Zoom, emails or telephone calls. Do not be afraid to ask questions, this is how you learn about the company and the job. If you cannot get through to one person, ask another person until you receive the correct answer or solution you require. Another good tip, set yourself targets every day!!

In the words of Simon Sinek; “Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start!”. Thank you Adam for your continued dedication to GRENKE, and here’s to many more successes.