as we get down to the wire, i spend my days organizing color tubes, attempting to piece together ionic dryers, screw lag bolts into chairs and be patient while awaiting the curtain to rise on this enterprise.
i’ve met a good deal of stylists at various stages in their careers. beginners, veterans, some more eager than others.. finding a good fit takes time and patience. mostly, i look for people who will follow direction. being a valued team member means following direction. team is everything. it takes some time to get to know people well. the first hour we meet and interview is not enough to know for sure, however it is a good way to suss out my immediate feelings. when i am interested in hiring, i often ask people to contact me two days later to follow up on the conversation and to expand upon what they might bring to the mix. it can be disheartening when a good potential lead does not follow up. after consulting with a friend and trusted advisor, i was reminded that for the most part, people are the way they are and most likely not going to change. what i experience with them now, in this important moment, will most likely be reflected in our future encounters. so i guess we will see what comes next.
we have a handful of new stylists who are champing at the bit to begin. i confess, i enjoy this part of our development. the beginning is an excellent place to begin. as a group we will be heading to the Open Chair Studio upstairs at Richard Nicholas on April 6th to see Mae Tatar teach. our first lesson together as a group. for those of you who do not know about Open Chair, check out: http://scissorcandy.com/events for more information. Then it will be an afternoon of Wella workshops. we chose Wella because we wanted a quality, natural line of hair color. i personally could stand to get a major refresher course on color.
as for the veteran stylists, i will stay mum about that for the moment. first priority is integrating them with as little drama or damage to their current positions. people can choose to change their lives at any time. sometimes a stylist needs a fresh perspective. that perspective can sometimes be brought about by changing their locations. for the moment, i will concern myself with the newbies who need to be fed and allow everything else to fall into place as it should. we are all looking forward to welcoming you to the new salon