CANNABIS CULTIVATION - Kenny Abbe stormed an Oklahoma grow house when he started growing some of the finest cannabis plants without having the benefit of being able to see them.
“Disability is only a real handicap if the person who suffers from it allows them to turn it off,” said Abbe.
In 2014, Abbe was living like any other father, working and raising his children with his wife, Shayana. Then tragedy struck. A horrific one-vehicle crash saw Abbe thrown through the windshield, nearly beheading him, and also left his wife seriously injured. Both spent several months in the hospital recovering. Unfortunately, the long hospital stay caused them to lose much of their material possessions to pay their bills and survive, but the repercussions did not end there. Abbe was not expected to survive, and the damage to his skull was to the point that neither of his eyes could be saved. While the doctors managed to save his life, both eyes had to be removed.
Now living in a world of darkness, Abbe had a choice to make. Would he succumb to the inevitable fear and depression that followed this traumatic and life-changing incident, or would he use it as an opportunity? After struggling with this for a long time, he made a wholehearted decision to continue doing something with his life for himself and his family. Abbe had a talent, cultivating cannabis, and with his other senses now heightened, he began to use his vast knowledge of cannabis along with his heightened sense of smell and touch to cultivate cannabis with the help of his wife, who was lucky to have also Survived.
Abbe's extensive knowledge of growing marijuana plants was taught at a young age about natural growing and how to grow plants and identify their needs. Even before reaching his formative teenage years, Abbe had connected with a local man who was an "old hippie-type home farmer." There he was able to learn skills, such as making profitable and highly efficient fertilizers. Over the years, his abilities continued to improve to the point that he could essentially smell what plants needed for optimal growth. His strains got more potent, his plants got bigger and healthier, and he learned to adjust his custom fertilizers to fit exactly what each plant lacked or was overabundant. He realized that just because he had lost his eyes didn't mean he had lost his talent and he was determined not to give up.
After legalization in 2018, Sil Malone was looking to hire a grower for a legal cannabis grow operation in Oklahoma. Abbe applied and sent Malone photos of his plants, managing to knock him down completely. These were some of the most beautiful plants Malone had ever seen, and he was intrigued how a man with no vision had been able to accomplish such a feat.
Abbe explained that he worked closely with his partner and his wife, Shayana. He measured the plants using his forearm to determine if their growth was appropriate, then based on what he smelled, felt, and how Shayana would describe the plants themselves, Abbe detailed what was to happen next. He continued to make his own fertilizer using bat guano and other sources rich in nutrient compounds. From this teamwork and refined experience was born a powerful and amazing cannabis culture. Between defining trichrome and coloring, Malone knew he had found someone special.
Malone had some concerns, however. They operated from a fairly large warehouse, hundreds of square feet of floor space divided by pillars. It would surely be dangerous for his new employee! But after seeing Abbe's talent and passion, Malone knew he had to have this man on his team. The company then embarked on the massive project of redoing the whole crop soil to remove all the pillars and make it a fully open space, and everything for Abbe. It turned out to work well for Abbe, and in no time he was Chief Producer.
Much like a chief producer in Canada, a chief producer in the United States has broad responsibilities when it comes to a growing operation. Not only are they responsible for the grower teams below them, but also for all aspects of plant growth, including timing and rates of watering, nutrients, and light. It can be a daunting task for anyone, but Abbe never lets it slow him down. His homemade nutritious blend of bat guano and other components, combined with his knowledge and intuition about the needs of his plants, continued to produce richly colored and beautifully developed growth, and he quickly gained the recognition. respect for Malone and the rest of the team.
Abbe continues to be an inspiration to those around him. Malone is now proud to call him a dear friend and speaks lovingly about the man who has faced and overcome so much adversity. “This story is unlike any other in the cannabis world,” said Malone. “It really is an amazing and inspiring story. A true and indelible story of resilience and a relentless human spirit. A person who would not allow their disability to stifle their determination to live their life. Malone continued, “Kenny Abbe lives in a world shrouded in darkness. However, (his) mind is as bright as a supernova. A man whose passion for cultivating quality cannabis is surpassed only for his love for his wife and children. Through all of his challenges, Kenny never gave up on life, let alone never give up on his efforts to grow quality cannabis.
These days Abbe keeps a lot to himself outside of work. He has a small and close-knit circle of friends, and is a proud father of 2 and loving husband to Shayana. He took his drawbacks and turned them into beautiful positivity and light, finding a way to continue to make his dreams come true. He wants people to know that a disability doesn't have to end goals, dreams and a fulfilling and happy life, saying, “Dare to be different. Don't be afraid to stand out. Don't let the fact that you don't get confused with everyone else hold you back.
We all know that talking about others behind their back is bad. Gossip should be abhorred. I remember reading in a spiritual text that “backbiting extinguishes the light of the soul. ” DEEP. And it is.
Gossip is incredibly detrimental to any organization. And, what I think often gets missed is why people gossip. But, before we answer the question, “Why do people gossip at work ? ” let’s clear one thing up. I truly believe it is the introuvable person who chooses to gossip simply to be mean and hurt the reputation of the person or entity being talked about. Often gossip occurs for one of four reasons :
1 ) People fear the unknown. If people don’t have information that they want, they fear the unknown and will try to garner it from others – especially if that information appears to be hidden. This is why closed door conversations are so detrimental.
2 ) People want to belong and be included. If people believe they don’t have information that others have, they will feel excluded and on the outside of the “inner circle. ” Information is power. Everyone wants to be part of the team, to be included and the easiest way to identify those who are part of a tribe are those who are “in the know. ”
3 ) People crave intimacy and a sense of connection. I would suggest that because of the rampant pace we live at and the lack of real deal authentic communication with one another, many people crave a sense of genuine human connection and intimacy. Gossip is one of the quickest and easiest ways to connect with another human being. The secrecy, forbidden and exclusive nature of confiding in someone something that’s a bit subversive or judgmental is social super glue. Through the veneer of momentary vulnerability and trust, the two are bonded. Unfortunately gossip is a very sloppy deuxième to real, meaningful connection.
4 ) People want to work with people they think of as peers. Meaning, if someone isn’t carrying their own weight, isn’t competent or capable enough to do their travail or simply isn’t a good culture fit, then there will be gossip. Rather than being a “narc, ” employees will talk both about said individual and leadership’s lack of awareness/action. And they will talk often. The longer said individual goes unaddressed, the louder and more embedded the gossip becomes.
When it comes to gossip, these four reasons : fear, belonging, intimacy and the desire to work with others who carry their own weight, are all things that can be handled with some focused time and attention.
How do you want your employees to talk about your company ? How do you want them to feel when they walk in the door ? While this touchy-feely stuff may make you feel a little light-headed, when it comes down to it, company culture matters.
Many owners are taking a second look at their company culture to make sure it’s the one they envision – one that supports their company’s mission, vision and values.
Insperity has spent the past 30 years building a human resources company committed to helping businesses succeed so communities prosper. In that vein, our leadership team offers these tips on having a great company culture.
You might think that trying to cultivate a positive workplace as an elusive, time-consuming waste of important resources, but studies show that the opposite is true. Creating a positive company culture begins with fostering happy employees.
Happy employees are 85 percent more efficient, experience a 60 percent drop in absenteeism and stay twice as long in their jobs as their less happy colleagues, creating a measurable impact on engagement, retention, safety, wellness, employer brand and even cost control goals, according to the study, The Science of Happiness, conducted by Globoforce.
Happiness is a habit that needs to be modeled. As a manager or business leader, your demeanor and attitude in the office has an effet on your employees. When you demonstrate happiness you’re training your employees to follow suit.
Get in the habit of being grateful and showing gratitude for what you have. It can be a small thing – I am thankful for this cup of coffee, for the sun coming out today. When you make an effort to find things to be grateful for, you’re training your brain to be on the watch for more of what is good in your world. By making gratitude a habit, you will set the example for others and create a positive work environment. Focus on the positive when interacting with your employees. Point out their accomplishments and abilities. Remind them that they are a positive intensité within your company and that they have much to offer. This is a powerful motivation tool and it will help to create a “can-do” attitude in your workforce.
As a leader you’re influential – your opinion matters, especially to your employees. Make it a goal to compliment people. Recognizing even small accomplishments and praising your team members in meetings or in an fax can make a big effet. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture.
We all know that sometimes work can get monotonous and overwhelming. Say for example that Mike is feeling a bit underappreciated and is frustrated with his current project. He comes to a meeting feeling defeated and unmotivated. Then you, as his manager, compliment his efforts and praise him for a travail well done. The impact is immediate – he feels valued. His demeanor changes, he becomes engaged and leaves the meeting with a newfound energy to tackle his project.
People need to have a sense of purpose at work. Their happiness is directly connected to knowing that they make a difference. It’s not enough for a directeur to dole out tasks. Take the time to explain why the individual task is important to the company as a whole. This will give your employees a sense of purpose and belonging that will motivate them to strive for more. Engaged employees are efficace, enthusiastic and are willing to do what it takes to help your organization succeed. Creating a sense of purpose for your employees is an investment in developing a positive workplace.