On more than one occasion I’ve noticed I’m not “typical” in my response to change. For many people it is stressful or tolerated perhaps, but not fun. Change is something I appreciate and even enjoy when it is for a good reason and results in better lives for people. Perhaps it is, because included in my 5 top strengths identified by Gallup Strengths Finder assessment, is “Learner”. It is defined as “People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve.”
However, we can sometimes get caught up in the day to day busyness of making changes and don’t take time to remember. During a recent Therap training with “new” employees I was reminded about how important “remembering” is. At LifeQuest we are often fortunate in having former employees return to work for us again. First of all, it is great having someone return who already knows people we support and secondly it is affirming that people feel good enough about working here they want to return.
During this training a former employee that has not been here since we started using Therap nearly 6 years ago shared her impressions with me. She talked about all the positive changes there have been at LifeQuest since she was last employed. It was nice to hear about that and to be able to share stories of how things have gotten better for the people we support. Therap has been one aspect of changes made at LifeQuest that have contributed to those positive changes.
Regardless of how long you have worked at your agency – find someone who is “veteran” – notice I did not say an old timer – and just ask them to share some stories. Ask them about specific people you are working with and how their lives have changed.
It is important that we know where we come from in order to not lose sight of where we want to go.