Fourth, what experiences within the organization have given you the most meaning and satisfaction?
What is most meaningful and satisfying is that these efforts have led to the ability to sustain the most core Health & Human Services programs. When one branch is operating in the red due to vagaries of funding, another branch helps out until solutions are found. There is a pendulum of funding in hard times. By pulling together and thinking creatively, we are able to sustain more than we ever would be able to achieve in silos.
10. I want to ask you three additional questions about your civic life:
First, what motivates or inspires you to engage in civic activities and causes?
Through work, I get to focus on the greater good. I feel I am able to make a tangible difference. This is critically important to me. Work is my main civic activity.
Second do you feel that you are sacrificing anything in your life by being deeply involved in our community’s civic organizations?
I choose to put in extra hours in order to support the financial health of the Agency. And, yes, I am sacrificing my personal time. I am sacrificing other career opportunities.
Third, what personal benefits do you get from your civic involvements?
I do feel that I make a meaningful difference. It is why I am still here.
11. Let’s turn to a different topic: Is there a relationship between your role as a working professional and your personal involvement in our community’s civic organizations? If so, how would you describe it?
12. Do you see yourself continuing along the same career path with increasing responsibilities and leadership roles? Or at some point do you see a different path for yourself?
13. One of the benefits of growing older is that we are increasingly able to reflect on our experiences and learn from them. Have you found any patterns of personal behavior no longer useful in your leadership role? Is so, what are these and how have you changed?
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