“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” –Norman Vincent Peale
Christine Johnson, Grand Forks AFB Dining Project Manager, incorporates Skils’kin values to create Skils’kin culture. Christine may not realize how much she contributes as a cultivator of culture for our AbilityOne North Dakota satellite operations, but when it comes down to it, she pulls rabbits out of hats, not holes.
Christine implements our company values of Accountability, Relationships, Diversity, Innovations, and Integrity to guide her leadership approach. As a project manager, she is accountable for the relationships and diversity within her workforce. Those two key values are evident in the employees’ actions, especially between Nate Bennett and Chad Anglebrandt.
Nate has been struggling with major pain in his ankle, but he doesn’t complain and his dedication to his work never allows it to stop him. Chad had intended to make Nate a magical walking stick or staff from some found wood in order to acknowledge and honor Nate’s devotion to his job. Both Chad and Nate share an interest in wizardry. Chad recalled that Nate had searched great lengths to find a cane that complimented his taste or interests, but with no avail. Chad then decided he would make Nate a staff instead. Chad spent a week crafting the details for his allegory of strength, and then let the magic run its course.
As an onlooker, Christine saw that magic moment when Chad presented the staff to Nate. Christine said, “Nate was overjoyed to receive this gift. Nate was saying how he and Chad shared similarities in dragons and wizardry and believes his coworker hit the nail directly on the head. This is exactly what Nate wanted and searched for! It makes me so proud to know how much our team care for one another, and work so hard to ensure everyone is taken care of. This staff took over a week to craft and each detail is something unique to Nate’s taste, down to each stone and thread.” Such actions not only highlight Skils’kin’s values, but also demonstrate the holistic nature of them, and how they are tied to Skils’kin’s core.
Christine’s efforts do not go unnoticed. Megan Curran, Skils’kin’s Director of AbilityOne Food Services, commented, “She’s working incredibly hard to bring our culture to Grand Forks that we can be very proud of. If you knew her employees, Nate and Chad, then you’d agree that this would not have happened in Grand Forks before Christine’s arrival. I’m reminded that there are ups and downs in the journey toward betterment, and as our CEO Brian says, we’re better today than we were yesterday.” If you believe in Skils’kin, magic happens every day and collectively we share our abilities to make magical moments for our employees and all we serve. Magic is real, just believe!