Sarah’s Snippets 10/12/2015
As a follow-up to last week’s Snippets, I am glad to say that I am sitting safely at my desk in the SALT office. We were finally able to leave the South Carolina campground, see our niece, and drive home at the end of last week. However, the problems there are just beginning as they are facing the immediate need for disaster response, and longer term recovery that will have to follow. Since returning home many people have joked that they expected me to stay and set up a SALT satellite office. While I did feel t the tug of need and the urge to assist, I also recognize that what they need most in each affected community of SC is local leaders to step forward with the commitment to work for their own area. This is the only way long term recovery will be effective, regardless of outside assistance.
“World-class performance isn’t possible unless there’s a strong sense of shared creation and shared responsibility.” (The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner) During my absence from the office, this kind of world-class performance was evident among the SALT staff and VISTA members. Not only did they carry on the business of the organization with skill and commitment, they also did some creative problem solving and visioning. Working together, they were able to continue advancing the fund development effort, the Kits 4 Kids program, the research into potential enlarged office space, the fall fund-raising event, the annual report, the partnerships with organizations that will help move us into the future…the list could go on and on. In addition, members of the Board of Directors were extremely supportive and participated in the shared responsibility.
This edition of “Sarah’s Snippets” is a public Thank You to the leaders that make SALT a strong organization: the Board, the Staff, and the VISTA volunteers. Without the ability to trust each of you and know that you will perform at a world-class level, my vacation would not have been possible. As I sit here, having returned safely, I am grateful to know and work with each of you.