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The Little Red Hen: A story with a moral from your In Store Educator - or – T.I.M.E. : The New Way to Make Bread The Little Red Hen or a Story about T.I.M.E. Once upon a time, there was a little Red Hen. The little Red Hen wanted some bread, so she decided to bake some. The little Red Hen went to the cat and asked, “Cat, will you help me plant some wheat to make bread?” Cat said, “I’d love some bread, but I’m too busy to make bread.” So the little Red Hen planted the wheat herself. Next, the little Red Hen went to the dog and said, “Dog, will you help me harvest the wheat to make some bread?” Dog replied, “That sounds great, but I have no time to make bread.” So the little Red Hen harvested the wheat herself. Then the little Red Hen went to the cow and said, “Cow, will you help me grind the wheat to flour to make some bread?” Cow said, “If only I could, but can’t you see that I’m in the middle of something? I can’t make bread.” So the little Red Hen ground the wheat herself. After that, the little Red Hen went to the duck and said, “Duck, will you help me mix the flour to make some bread?” Duck said, “I would like to help, but that’s impossible, I’m behind schedule. There is no possible way that I could make bread.” So the little Red Hen mixed the flour to make the bread herself. Finally, the little Red Hen went to the goat and said, “Goat, will you help me bake the bread to eat?” Goat said, “I wish I could, but it is out of the question, I have too many things to do today. I cannot make bread.” So the little Red Hen baked the bread herself. When the little Red Hen sat down to eat the bread, Cat, Dog, Cow, Duck, and Goat arrived and asked, “Could we also have some bread?” The little Red Hen said, “Did you help me plant the wheat? Did you help me harvest the wheat? Did you help me grind the wheat? Did you help me mix the flour? Did you help me bake the bread? No. And you shall have no bread.” So the little Red Hen ate all the bread. 1 The Little Red Hen: A story with a moral from your In Store Educator - or – T.I.M.E. : The New Way to Make Bread So why am I telling this story? First let me say, the little Red Hen does not represent any one person. Consider the little Red Hen as a substitute for all of the various projects that we have all attempted at one time or another (Green Mission, Safety Committee, or TMAG). Furthermore, Cat, Dog, Cow, Duck, and Goat are also equally nonrepresentative of any specific person or Team. The real moral of this story is that anyone person can do anything alone – but fundamentally that action is solitary. As a company that embraces the true spirit of Team Work, we want all of our Team Members to have the opportunity to participate in projects that excite and enrich. So why are we unable to do more? Time. What is time? For starters, let’s not go down the philosophical road. Suffice to say, we appear to have a shortage of time. Just like the other animals in the story, we’d probably all love to involve ourselves more, but our time is limited. I am thankful however, that we are smarter than barnyard animals (I hope – please don’t disappoint me). Rather than beat our heads senselessly against the wall, we can find a creative way to circumvent that wall. In fact, why even worry about the wall? There is no wall! All of the animals made one gross mistake, and what is that? They assumed that making bread is a single process. In fact, making bread is multiple processes with multiple steps. Therefore, anyone could contribute at any step of the way, and in the end, all who contributed would have in essence made the bread. !!!!! Thus we arrive at the new dawn of T.I.M.E. !!!!! Team Member Involvement Means Excellence! With T.I.M.E we will no longer wander around plaintively bemoaning our lack of bread! No longer will individuals toil painfully shouldering the awful weight of an overwhelming project. Now begins a new era of project management and organization. Armed with dozens of calendars, emails, binders, clipboards, PDA’s, schedules, and more, we will march to a new drum beat! The official inaugural launch of the T.I.M.E begins today! We already have a ton of fun on the agenda 1) Store Party (this is my personal mission – so don’t expect me genuinely worry about anything else) a. I am planning the Store Party to take place during the first or second week of August. 2 The Little Red Hen: A story with a moral from your In Store Educator - or – T.I.M.E. : The New Way to Make Bread b. Our illustrious STL, Karen Franczyk has informed me that we will need to employ incredibly creative planning as our financial resources must be carefully conserved during the month of August. c. Therefore we will be holding a day long party at the beach (state beaches are essentially free). d. Creative Team Members have suggested the following ideas i. Ice and Water picnic (WATER FIGHT!) ii. An entire day of games iii. Procure lemons from produce to enhance our Ice and Water Picnic iv. Bring your own Food (BYOF) 2) Free-cycle (Talk to Captain, Michael) a. Team Members and customers can bring unwanted items to the store for a day of fun and sharing! 3) Break room (Talk our Admin TL, Michelle) a. Certain to be oodles of fun! 4) More Possibilities 5) More Possibilities 6) More Possibilities 7) Even More Possibilities 8) Yet Even More Possibilities 9) Unbelievable, but Even More Possibilities 10) Yes, I know you can’t believe it, but there is Yet Even More Possibilities As the ISE, I will calendar these projects and maintain a rolling schedule. However, the success of every single idea will depend upon the support, creativity, and enthusiasm of every single Team Member. Please remember the moral of the little Red Hen, if we think of these projects as A PROJECT, then we’re likely to be terrified that we can’t commit because we don’t have time (and rightly so). However with T.I.M.E. we can view projects as a set of discreet steps and processes. My role will be the facilitation of these steps and processes. Any Team Member is welcome to contribute at any point, for any length of time – and in the end we can all enjoy the fruits of our labor – or bread as it may be. Our next step is to finish a short list of projects. We currently have three on the drawing board. Please submit more! For Team Members without access to email, I will distribute this message in print through the ISE Newsletter. Overall, I will gather submissions of ideas over the next two weeks, and I will return a plan to the store in the first week of June. In closing I would like to say that we will not experience a SUMMER SLUMP – instead – we will have SUMMER FUN! Go Forth and Brain Storm! 3
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