Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Many Roles That Help Us Meet Our Purpose

Last year, Imagine! served more than 2,850 individuals and their families, which equals 2,850 unique individual and family stories.

As much as I’d like to, I simply don’t know the stories of everybody that we serve. I was reflecting on this recently, and it started me thinking about the interconnectedness of Imagine! employees. Every Imagine! employee plays a role that helps us meet our purpose, no matter what the employee’s job title or duties.

I don’t want to go so far as to say that Imagine! operates as a Borg-style collective, but we are all reliant upon one another to ensure Imagine! is able to serve some of Boulder and Broomfield counties most vulnerable citizens.


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Some Imagine! employees work in the background, doing the essential work that keeps the organization moving. Imagine! employees accountants, IT specialists, HR specialists, and the like, all of whom play vital roles in ensuring that the people served by Imagine!. They don’t have day to day contact with the people we serve, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a day to day impact. Because of the skill and dedication of these people doing the back office work, the employees on the front lines, the ones providing direct care, have more time and opportunity to do what they do best.

The employees providing direct care are the “face” of Imagine!. They are the ones who know the individual stories, the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of those we serve. Their skill at personal interaction and dedication to the individuals they support “carry” our organization and makes all of our work meaningful.

Because the services provided by Imagine! can only succeed through this “collective approach,” I try my best to use collective descriptors when discussing our work. I don’t like to say “I’m doing this,” instead, I try to say “we’re doing this.” I’m not always 100% successful at this effort, but I am 100% certain it is the correct and appropriate way to discuss anything happening at Imagine!.

So today, I’d like to say “thank you” to all members of Imagine!’s staff. No matter what your job is, no matter what your title or pay level is, you are an integral part of our team. No one employee can succeed without all of us working together toward a unified purpose. Together, we make it happen.

Then again, what do I know?

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