Sep 08 , 2020
It's been a busy couple of weeks! Last week we conducted second interviews and hired a new Baker, Marrcus. While sad to see Whitney leave us after more than three years, we are happy for her continued professional path, and welcome our newest team member, who hit the ground running last Thursday morning.
Then I returned to the administrative office Friday, took most of the long weekend away from work, but you know how it is: empty the email box to keep it manageable on return, make a bullet list of priorities- or rather things to not forget!- on paper, and then the return today. Bakery time is always highly valued time for me, a chance to connect with the team in West Valley, but also packs so much activity, coming back to the home office can feel a little overwhelming. And I neglected the blog last week.
As I stared down at my list this morning and began to reorganize the unchecked items onto a fresh piece of scratch paper, I felt a little overwhelmed and anxious before diving in. But here I am at the other end of the day, with top priorities accomplished. Then, skimming through more emails before sitting down to write this entry, I became aware of a propensity over the past several months to sort of "let things go," assuming I'd catch up with them soon enough. But that didn't really happen. Specifically, as I made a point to write each appointment this week- including webinars- in my appointment calendar, I realized how terrible I've become at looking at my schedule in recent months. It's less that I've missed anything important, and more that I've come to create a system in which those Must Dos end up on a separate scratch sheet from my calendar, and my calendar has assumed less daily relevance in my professional life.
As CEO of a small and growing business, I wondered if I should keep this nugget to myself? Then I remembered the Editor's note in the September issue of Experience Life magazine. (Yes, my friends there have inspired yet another blog entry.) The Editor lists three distinct psychological phases of crisis: emergency, regression and recovery. We were thrown into the emergency phase with Covid-19, and then along came the regression phase, likely with many of us not noticing we had left focus behind for tiredness, irritability, a loss of sense of purpose.
I think I've entered the recovery phase, largely assisted by my trip last week and time with the rest of the team. I feel positive about the future of our company, and about setting goals and focusing in on accomplishing them, starting with moving all my appointments to the one calendar and treating it like the friend it has been in the past, and including rallying Team Gem City Fine Foods in a quest for fitness this fall. Please join me tomorrow (Wednesday, September 9) at 12:15 MT for our weekly live stream on Facebook. I'll give you the details! And if you miss the live stream, you'll find the video catalogued on our Facebook page and on Vimeo.
Until then, I have a couple more items to tick off my list for today. I hope to "see" you and your questions and comments tomorrow!
With continued commitment to all in our community with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and food allergies,