Change is hard. Leading through change is really, really hard. Fred Purdue’s quote in Jim Collins’ Good to Great best summarizes leading through a time of transition.
“When you turn over rocks and look at all the squiggly things underneath, you can either put the rock down, or you can say, ‘My job is to turn over rocks and look at the squiggly things,’ even if what you see can scare the hell out of you.”
Covid, Derecho, the current children’s mental health status, and social climate have provided an enormous opportunity for rethinking operations to their core.
We are asking for leadership from every facet of our organization: Are there opportunities for collaboration? How can we more effectively deliver services to the community? Are there ways to provide support to families as they “return to learn?” Can our facility be better utilized to meet the needs of the clients we serve?
We’re turning over squiggly rocks and the opportunities we are finding are amazing!
At the end of the day, we have the right people on the bus and we are making amazing strides to a new, improved agency that delivers on our promise to “Change Lives by Protecting Children and Empowering Families.” I am so grateful for our team and feel solidly planted in our belief that “The right people don’t need to be tightly managed or fired up; they will be self-motivated by the inner drive to produce the best results and to be part of creating something great.”
To all of you that have stood by us and supported us through this transformation, we thank you and can’t wait to unveil the new era of YESS.