“I’m going to be old(er) and greyer and one day….”
…..I think I’ve said that maybe 30 times in the past 8 days as I search out the newest talent to join Yummy. In some instances I added ‘git’, in some conversations I added far more expletives and in one I was sitting in my favourite chair (I don’t have one yet, but something tells me I’m the kind that will) as an old git, many years from now, looking back in fondness at all the dreams I helped nurture…proudly, tonight one said dream is and has become reality for my chums the GB’s…and its just the bloomin’ beginning….
Tonight the GB’s WON “UK’s coolest Baristas” and came runner up, second place, just pipped to the post, just, only just, to become “UK’s Best New Coffee Shop” in some stellar company of the coffee World…
The nicest thing for me is that tonight and every day since they ventured on their dream the boys know its their team that make the GB’s special, they’ve know it from the beginning and they treasure it. Without the team, it would be a poxy building as it was when they took it on, just a few short months past, poxy, non descript, a character all its own, but now it breaths…
I’m so proud of the boys, I haven’t stopped taking about them at every chance when I’ve been having chats with new recruits these past months, they are what can happen when you want something, love something and have drive. Passion is a wonderful thing…
But what about me? I’m going to be the old(er) git, grey, sitting back, admiring, better get on and do some bloody nurturing….
“Its not about if your right for Yummy, but if Yummy is right for you”
…its true and has been my favourite saying for weeks, possibly months with the one exception of…”You’re a senior manager in my business” – and the ones who are Yummy, know Yummy is right for them within minutes, not just a quick fix or a stop gap, but right. I’ve seen some extraordinary talent, I’ve employed some extraordinary talent, I’ve told some extraordinary talent to keep on looking, its been fun, exhausting, but fun and it ain’t done yet.
A host of recruitment agencies have applied to my ads (very kind of them). “We can take all this off your hands Tim”. “We’ll sort through all the dross and find the great ones”. “I love your advert, you generally sound like guys we want to work for, can we have a meeting?”….
…In each reply I’ve laboured on the fact that its not a chore, an effort, a bloody waste of time nurturing new talent, its a privilege. Its true, if you’re going to apply yourself and apply for an ad you should do some bloody research too, might get you a bit further than the classic opener I hate with a passion; “To Whom it May Concern” but thats how you get through the volume so quickly. The ones who make an impression, make me go ‘nice’ or ‘wow’ or ‘must have this person in my business!’ normally don’t send me a CV, they send me a story about them, I love a good story!
But everyone keeps telling me there is a shortage in skills and desire to work with ‘generation Y’ the glory seekers, the generation that missed the phrase ‘work for a living’ as they left the school doors, but in all honesty, this past week, I’ve been blown away by the guys and girls I’ve seen. Not necessarily polished, but they’ve got drive and desire t0 excel by the boatload and prepared to work for it.
I’m off to Chicago in a few hours, I’d booked a room in a Premier Inn on the way down on the train, quick stop gap from pub to bed to airport, but as I landed into St Pancras at 12pm (which is unusual for me coming in rather than going out) I walked past too many homeless people, it was horrible seeing them crammed in door ways and under cardboard, ‘circumstance not individuals’ the guys in New Horizons told me a few weeks ago, the kids we try to help are in ‘circumstances’ whether thats upbringing, fallen into the wrong crowd, addictions, its all irrelevant if you look through it all into the person. Remove the circumstance, see the possibilities.
A lovely chap called Tony is currently in my room (hopefully still on his own and not raving it up with loads of his mates or that’s my credit card done for) he was the third guy I offered the room too, but the first one to think I was being serious. I saw a great news report today on the BBC where an experimental group had put £5 notes on a board and a note to say ‘take me if you need me’ (or similar) and the generosity in Manchester was amazing. Guess it made me think, act, do. That and I remember Ellie disappearing for hours some weeks ago handing out burgers, bare foot in King Cross…(she’s got the title loon for a reason)…
There are two upsides to it.
I’m still working and can sleep on the flight / fall asleep at this table in a nice warm pub and Tony is going to get at least one decent nights sleep and a shower. He’s got two kids, hasn’t seen them for a while, been on the streets long enough to know what he’s doing, but doesn’t know how to get off them. Maybe taking him out of the circumstance for a few hours will make him think differently? Who knows. Maybe it will be a disaster.
I get to see my babies and my beautiful ‘significant other’ in 5 days time….
…life is for living :)