Kevin is an organization builder who creates engagement. He’ll come into a challenged organization, stabilize it, find a positive trajectory, and build it. The most exciting part of it all is the engagement. Kevin believes that engaged people can positively impact their organization, especially when they treat an organization as their own. Kevin accomplishes this by working together with people, sharing financials and metrics, and relating to them with transparency. It’s not just about numbers for them or even job security and raises, but also enlistment in a common purpose.
Develop People to Develop People
Kevin trains managers and leaders. The stronger a leader is, the stronger everyone is. It’s important to meet managers where they are and instill a culture of “there’s always more to learn.” They shouldn’t be self-conscious about what they don’t know. They should understand that we are all looking to fill the knowledge gap. Lead by example. Managers and leaders influence the behavior and performance of their people. And the more senior the leaders are, the more impactful their behaviors will be on the rest of the organization. So, if you want to nurture curiosity or unlock learning, train the management leadership to unlock their own curiosity.
Kevin joined the Executive Forum in 2015, but he’d known of it for 10 years prior from his former boss, mentor, and EF member Mark Pettie, and was dismayed that he couldn’t join until he was in transition. Kevin had missed having peers and comrades to discuss any issues at hand. He knew EF could provide this, and when his company was sold, he had the opportunity to join. He found comfort in the commonality of the challenges members faced and the chance to talk things out. Even if problems weren’t solved, interaction with others was valuable.
Kevin recalls the EF founders’ story of the “entrance fee” to the original meetings at the Greenwich library - a job-lead to share with others. If everybody gives, everybody wins. That “giver” attitude resonated with Kevin. And he embodies that underlying spirit of giving and sharing, both in the EF, and in every aspect of his life. During the pandemic Kevin was recruited by another EFer, Dave Lampert, to volunteer for HOPE Community Services. Many of their volunteers were retirees, and when the pandemic hit, they stopped working. So, Kevin joined their food pantry and ended up staying for a year and a half.
The exposure to the non-profit world paved the path to Kevin’s current position with Greyston Bakery, a social enterprise that employs individuals who face barriers to meaningful employment, delivering millions of dollars in economic impact through job placements. Kevin has addressed challenges at Greyston and is stabilizing the organization, engaging the people, and educating the leaders. As for what’s next, Kevin’s background in both for-profit and non-profit organizations may lead him down a path creating more hybrid models that provide social good and are also self-sustaining.