The first time I learnt of the AFD was at the ripe old age of 16, three days in, keen to impress. 21 years later, 21 hours in (yesterday into last night, into this morning, no clocking in & out mistakes kids) is an AFD for me, but it feels a whole lot harder now I’m an old git!
Today is a struggle, so pen to paper, coffee, chair, food.
Of course I knew how to work hard, my old man made sure of that, nothing has ever come easy to me, I have earned every, single, penny. I was showing Finn Utube videos of turkeys ‘gobbling’ this morning before school, because he didn’t believe me they made that noise…he laughed a lot!
He’s a camel in the Christmas nativity at 2 today, he makes an impressive camel noise, almost like a dinosaur (Stego), with just a hint of chicken. Times have changed, I was in the turkey shed on the farm right now, with mum & dad when I was 5 years old, chasing them to the eventful end (didn’t do the end bit until a few years on) Lucy doesn’t believe me so I’m going to have mum tell her ALL the stories over Christmas! But its true, thats how I was brought up & the ethos runs through my blood into Yummy everyday, play hard, work harder, farm from the land.
My boys have also changed the way I appreciate people. My colour profiles (I was profiled a lot in Carlsberg!) suggest ‘Green’ (people) in my conscious decision making & priorities, is (was) one of the lowest scores you could possibly get & its meant to get better in the subconscious, mine basically hit zero, the trainer was how can you say it “intrigued”. Its surprising as I’ve built my entire business on people, but maybe not when I look at the fact I could replace any single one of them, at anytime & evolve. Short term pain for long term gain, no one is part of the furniture, everyone earns their place in my business, not one person stands above another, there ain’t no ‘i’ in Yummy – literally!
I think the important thing is that’s what everyone who works for me knows that.
Will I nurture them, protect them, defend them, treat them like one of the family, embrace them, develop them, give them total authority, every opportunity afforded to me?
Abso – bloody – lutely.
Because that is Yummy. Its trust. Both five letter words (Finn is learning how to read, write & spell & as it would seam, so am I) both have the same meaning, cause & ethos.
Having said all of that I need leaders in my business. I need innovators, people, people. Of late I think I’ve found them, the early indications with some teething problems & some difficult conversations, some still in progress would suggest so. At the moment I poached them, thanks to the hard work of my peers or affiliates in the early stages of their careers, its now my turn to sculpt them. But change is coming, I intend to build my own, I have plenty of candidates already being nurtured in my business.
But, right now I’m also looking for more – firstname.lastname@example.org via the dog & bone 07725 726847.
Got an itch? 2015 is the time to scratch it.