A month before I started at KenCrest, I attended my first big management meeting. There were over 75 people in attendance. I had no idea how I was going to remember everybody’s names.I used a memory trick by associating the person with something else. It worked. The first two people I met were Vivian Reese from Cedar. I deemed her Vivian “the vivacious”. Those of you who know her can see that it fits, right? I met Bill Cramer from Connecticut. I called him “Wild Bill”, referencing the frontier aspects (Wild Bill Hickock) of his work..way far away in CT. I carried that on when I started here at Harvest Drive. Week one, I met Lisa …Lisa “the lively”. Lisa works in HR and was conducting the new employee orientation with an upbeat, outgoing smile and approach.
A few days ago, she told me the story of her family and how she came to work here. Lisa, her sister Vanessa, and her mom operated a beauty shop together. One of their patrons was a woman who was always thrilled to be there, and greeted everyone. She seemed a little “different”. She was a patron over a number of years and then one day, she appeared with a man. They both appeared to be a little uncomfortable. Eventually the man worked up the nerve to explain the visit.
He worked for KenCrest. He was helping his client find a job. One of the steps in the process was to list the three places the client liked most.The beauty shop was one of them. Then, he made an important ask.. would Lisa’s mom hire his client? Mom said yes.
After the young man and his client left, Lisa asked her mom “What will she do here?” Mom said, “Lisa, I don’t know. But I had to say yes.” Mom figured it out and she created a job which helped the shop and made someone’s dream of working come true.
Later when the shop closed, Mom had passed away and Lisa and Vanessa could not go on without her spirit there, KenCrest reached out to Lisa. She, with her sister in tow, applied to work here.
Both Lisa and Vanessa took on that very role, the person who helps make employment dreams come true.
Sometimes in life, you will be called to stretch, take a leap of faith, try something you never imagined you could do, want to do or think is important. When the call comes, I hope you will hear what Lisa’s mom heard…there is a reason to say yes. And eventually, time will reveal the “why”.