We are excited to announce our summer internship program! This isn’t your ordinary internship (as you can see from the video) – this is a hands-on, seat at the table, get your hands dirty type of internship.
Why our internship program is different:
You’ll participate in actual meetings helping us make decisions that propel our companies forward.
Over the summer you’ll receive training and guidance from multiple key stakeholders and executives.
At the end of the program, you’ll have a Wild Project that you can proudly say “I did this!”
Around here, we Work Hard Play Hard, and what better opportunity to do that than a festive holiday. Our team was channeling the Luck of the Irish on Wednesday as we dressed up to win prizes and enjoyed a festive lunch of corned beef and cabbage and shepherds pie.
Congratulations to Josh Cote, who won our most festive team mate award!
We’ve all been there. A conversation in the break room, a comment made at a company event, a knee-jerk reaction to a current event; when the dynamic in the conversation shifts because someone says something that someone disagrees with. While that situation may be common, the ability to navigate it with tact and maturity is often anything but common. And how we handle open and honest conversations is one of the pillars of healthy relationships and building culture.
“Being taught to avoid talking about politics and religion has led to a lack of understanding of politics and religion. What we should have been taught was how to have a civil conversation about a difficult topic.”
Historically, politics was a much different landscape than it is now. Politics have not always been the center of people’s worldview. Platforms used to be limited to historically political issues, such as tax laws, immigration, and national budgets. Now, you see people centering their entire belief systems around a party platform. Politics now goes beyond what you think are good policies and values, and insists on everything from health to self identity being politicized. But the greater question we as leaders must ask ourselves is, how are we getting over these hurdles within our organizations? That ability to have difficult conversations happens here; now; it plays into everything, not just politics.
So how do you bring your whole self – your beliefs, your values, and your worldview – to work without having a falling out with a co-worker or family member who you need to be able to interact with again tomorrow? How can we as leaders have clarity instead of cloudiness of thought; to make great decisions based on conviction rather than what we think the public perception will approve?
In order to communicate with candor, we need two things: conviction and trust. If our opinions are based on a party platform, what is politically correct, or what someone told us to believe, we will not be able to withstand the heat of healthy and challenging conversations with others about critical topics. Additionally, if there is not a mutual understanding of trust, neither party will feel safe communicating with honesty and authenticity about their worldview.
When the world is telling you that everything is political, it is vital that we understand how to work, lead, and relate from a place of conviction. We need to have the knowledge and maturity to not be swayed by platform initiatives, but maintain convictions that are rooted in values. And that comes through strength and courage.
It requires mental strength to know who we are, what we represent, and what those beliefs are rooted in; to be able to communicate with clarity from a deep knowledge of the roots of our beliefs. It also takes strength of the soul to know that if I can’t find this topic in the Bible, it’s arguably not worth being found. As tempting as it may be to search for scripture to found our base for an argument (which has tremendous value!), sometimes the Bible doesn’t actually back up my beliefs literally or directly, and it takes a humble and responsible strength to admit that.
Similarly, courage is also vital in communicating with conviction. It is our responsibility to muster the guts to communicate our beliefs without holding back; to put ourselves out there even if our beliefs are met with disagreement, judgement, or opposition. Courage doesn’t always show up as a loud and boisterous shout; sometimes courage is a quiet ability to lean in, trust, and open ourselves up to authentic relationships.
Most people come to the table with convictions and values that are motivating their opinion. So they can, understandably, come across strong. As long as that’s coming from authentic and personal beliefs, it isn’t a bad thing, either! It’s when we come to the table with what sounds like strong convictions but are actually parroting someone else’s platform than we are in danger of unnecessary and disingenuous conflict. As leaders, our convictions cannot be tied to politics. We must conjure the strength and courage to pursue truth relentlessly, personally, and authentically, and let that be the place our convictions grow from.
Authentic candor is rooted in mutual trust. We can’t fully be honest in communicating our convictions without feeling a sense of trust with the other person. Nor can we accept with an open mind and open heart what they are communicating back if we don’t trust that what they are saying is true and real. When we communicate with conviction, we are letting down walls and being vulnerable by showing our true selves and being open to who someone else might truly be.
Trust also requires me to realize that I may not be privy to the full context of someone’s perspective or opinion. Their decision, whether that is who to vote for, how to manage their budget, or how to handle a personal situation, might be a reflection of making the best choice out of less than ideal options, rather than a true reflection of what they would choose given open-ended options.
We are called to listen, and to accept disagreement. Just because I’m a Christian doesn’t mean I should hate everyone who doesn’t align with my beliefs. Having convictions isn’t about being rigid; it’s about the undercurrent of my decisions that gives me freedom to respond to people with grace. Communicating convictions with trust is about an open heart and mind.
In summary, while it may not be possible in all workplaces and some people may never feel comfortable engaging in challenging topics, imagine how conversations could be transformed if each of us reading this decided to lean in the next time a divisive topic arises and have a civil conversation.
Once per year, we select someone from our Building Team as the annual Wild Factor award winner. This is considered a great honor in our company, as it signifies that the individual has exemplified all of our core values and is considered to be the WILDest of us all.
Congratulations to Jamal Barbour, the 2020 annual Wild Factor award winner! He has shown a Will to Win, Intentional Adaptability, Lives Compassionately, and Disciplined Execution on a high level and is an example of what all of our team members strive for when it comes to performance and values.
Jamal came into PC from a completely different background than what we do on a daily basis. He has transitioned through many different roles as a result of his Will to Win. Each role faced him with new challenges and he embraces each one with a tremendous work ethic, putting in extra time needed to master that moment.Jamal person is especially excellent at flexibility and purpose-driven versatility and it has had such an impact on our larger team.
Jamal always takes on challenges with a positive attitude and tremendous care for his crew. His ability to be flexible with his scope of work and adapt frequently, is unrivaled. He was thrust into a lead man role when his supervisor left unexpectedly last year and took on the new challenge head on and with a big smile. As he rose to the occasion, Jamal was deservingly promoted to our Coordination Team in 2020, which earned him a stripe on his hard hat.
Known for having the best smile in PC, everyone loves working with Jamal! He helps teach his teammates the same way he was brought up, exemplifying what it looks like to grow as a leader in this company. If we ever need volunteers on Saturdays or a man to give an extra hand, everyone knows they can count on him to come alongside his team and help out.
When it comes to Disciplined Execution, this core value seems to fall the wayside if a person hits the first three core values, but not with Jamal. He dominated the jobs he was asked to do in 2020. Yearning to know his production rates and where his crew needed to be, to be deemed successful on that job. He takes his time gathering the facts and game planing before jumping right in on projects. He owns his mistakes as well, which rarely happen on his jobs. One of the major highlights with him in 2020 was that through all the growth, the promotions, the bigger jobs, and all the hype, he never lost his humility and took pride in the quality of his finished product.
This WILD one has earned his stripes both literally and figuratively, as evidenced by a promotion last year. Congratulations, Jamal Barbour on being the well-deserved winner of 2020 Wild Factor Annual Award!
Once per year, we select someone from our Coordination Team as the annual Wild Factor award winner. This is considered a great honor in our company, as it signifies that the individual has exemplified all of our core values and is considered to be the WILDest of us all.
Congratulations to Courtney Ellis, the 2020 annual Wild Thing award winner! She has shown a Will to Win, Intentional Adaptability, Lives Compassionately, and Disciplined Execution on a high level and is an example of what all of our team members strive for when it comes to performance and values.
2020 was a challenging year to say the least. Collectively, our team had to intentionally adapt to overcome these challenges as they relate to not only our work inside these four walls, but also at home. The definition of a Wild Thing Winner not Nominee is someone who excels at all of our core values consistently.
Will to Win – Courtney is a self starter, never having to be told what to do or what task to tackle next. Over her 5 years at our company, she has shown unwavering drive in how she does her job, day in and day out. In a year of quarantine, Courtney had to figure out how to be a controller, mom, wife, and school teacher, and rose to the occasion. With all the curve ball thrown at us, Courtney continued achieving success, making sure we never skipped a beat.
Intentional Adaptability – She remained intentionally adaptable, working until the job was done, even when that meant working late nights and weekends. But she didn’t lose focus on her family amidst all of that; she continued taking her girls to ice skating in the mornings, church on Wednesday nights, and set them up to succeed in learning online. Courtney has shown strategic innovation through developing Global Financial Systems for our companies and continuing to make our reporting better.
Living Compassionately – This core value is probably one of the things Courtney is best known for around here. When something is asked of her, she humbly responds with a stance of availability and a smile on her face. She is responsible in helping us be good financial stewards, and serves her teammates by being reliable and dependable. We even had to make a policy to keep people out of her office because she so wanted to help everyone all of the time! Born and raised Clayton, she is constantly trying to connect dots with resources and people in our local community.
Disciplined Execution – Courtney excels operationally in every area, handling big tasks in the treasury function of this company. She has also excelled in making her personal health and wellness a priority in 2020 with discipline and consistency. When it comes to accountability, Courtney is not only great at what she does she is alway striving to do better. She is efficient and able to be fast paced because of process and drive.
She is the true definition of a teammate. She is the kind of person you want on your team that you can trust and know that when you ask for something it’s going to get taken care of. When you are in the fight or battle – she is the one right beside you. She is also a great friend to a lot of people in our company, and would do anything for any one of us. She is very deserving to be the Wildest of us all for 2020!!