Dreamin’ Of My Own High Performance Business Using Only Us Felons    by    Ruth Utnage

I’m reading a book right now by Patty McCord called Powerful and it is sparking creativity within me. It is no secret that I want to start a company that works to enhance company culture and, ultimately, their bottom line- profit (Yeah, I’m a capitalist, bring it on!). However, I do want to have a humanitarian edge because I believe that my raison d’etre is to reshape how certain (no, not all) justice involved individuals (or, previously incarcerated felons) are received back in the community. This got me thinking…

What if I started a company and employed only post-incarcerated people to prove how valuable we can be. I believe in the power of the upper 15% of inmates legitimately rehabilitating and their unbelievable tenacity, ability to synchronize, and even strategize in a corporate climate using unconventional methodology and expert level problem-solving skills. Our (that upper 15%) ability to adapt in changing environments and new information and remain calm under extreme, even life threatening, pressure and make decisions that benefit a common goal make us one of the most undervalued assets a company can overlook. We’re going to give your competition the advantage, believe that. We have more loyalty and more reasons to succeed.

So I’m going to put my money where my mouth is. I can spot a high performer from prison in seconds and I can do it with accuracy. So instead of convincing others to take the “chance”, I’ll do it myself and my newly formed company will reap the financial, social, and happiness benefits that come from success and being able to do what you love.

I get out in 2021, next year, watch out world, I’m about to blow your mind.

Remember my name, I’ll be the one saying “I told you so”.

With Love
Ruth Utnage

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“A real humanist can be identified more by his trust in the people, which engages him in their struggle, then by a thousand actions in their favor without that trust.” (“Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paulo Freire )