If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
Here is another African proverb we can put to work. At the annual staff event, a KenCrest employee asked me where KenCrest was going. That is a great question. My simple answer is…. I want KenCrest to go far. This year we will start on a new strategic plan. The challenges we face today are simple yet complex. We need to think about how we sustain quality and growth in our capacity to serve. For us to grow together we have to agree on two things, the destination and what we need to do differently to get there.
A few years ago, I decided to take a “couch to 5 K” class. The idea is that you begin with no jogging or running in your daily routine (i.e. the couch reference) and by the end of the class you will complete 3.1 miles. First we were trained on the proper running form and shoes. Then, we were divided up for coaching. We did a run/walk combination building up from a few blocks to a mile..from one mile to 2, etc. We started class in March and we did our 5K in early May. The training worked. I had a destination, I had a coach. I had a goal. And I achieved it. Based on that I set another goal..10K (6.2) miles for July. Once I succeeded at the 10K, I decided what the heck..I can do 22K (13.1 miles) and I did. I had to change my running form, I had to get new shoes, I had to work up to the big day. I needed to make changes. I had a busy life before, I had to use my time differently to achieve the goals.
Organizations do not set goals as incremental steps, but we do achieve them that way. Even though the new strategic plan is not done, we have goals we need to achieve now. So, in a way, I am asking you to move differently. What coaching do you need? How will you manage your time differently? What support to achieve the goals will make a difference. How do we measure progress along the way?
Here is our first goal: Workforce engagement
How do we improve our hiring processes beginning with finding candidates, through screening them and getting them ready to start. How can we respond to applications quickly?