The value of mentorship

Jeff HSome of my earliest childhood memories include time in my grandfather’s cabinet shop. As a young man he taught me quite a few things about woodworking and making things with my own hands. In my teenage years I remember working in that same shop being mentored by my uncle. I loved learning different ways to create things in the shop. It has always been a life-long dream of mine to create a small hobby shop of my own. Now that Candi and I are, for the most part, “Empty Nesters” I have been able to find the time to convert my barn into a small hobby shop. I even have a few of my grandfather’ old machines. After a few garage sales and auctions I have been able to create a small starter shop. I have been able to put to use some of the things my grandfather and uncle taught me. Their mentoring to me was invaluable. I still have a lot to learn. I have been very fortunate to receive further mentoring from a good friend and former supplier to our company, Steve Jordan. I look forward to and cherish future lessons.

I have copied a picture of a recent time I spent with my son, Matthew, when he was home for the weekend. He wanted to learn how to do some woodworking. We had a great time as he learned several different shop operations. After a short time of learning, he created a beautiful handle for a knife he is making on the lathe. While working with him several of his questions led me to learn and develop new techniques I could apply in my projects. I have been blessed to learn from my mentors as well as learn from the one I am mentoring. As I am able to pass down to my son this family history, I found it important to do so not just for him but for me.

We can apply this lesson to our everyday life as well as our work life. It is important for us all to be mentored as well as mentor someone. We learn as we teach and we teach as we learn. No one is immune from learning nor knows everything. As we see new people within our company we need to be willing to share our knowledge for the benefit of all of us. It is, however, just as important to be willing to listen to, and apply their new ideas and suggestions. We all have something to contribute.

As always I thank each of you for all you do to make our company one of the best in the Industry. I wish you good fortune, good learning and good teaching.

Jeff Haggard, Vice President of Sales