From Kevin’s Desk: Culture Matters (10/13/17)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

This week I participated in Leadership Day, Michigan Medicine’s annual meeting of about 250 senior leaders. The topic was “Why Culture Matters.” Any of us who have felt the challenges of working in a negative workplace or the joys of working in a positive environment know that culture matters – a lot! Developing the “right” culture is so important that we devoted much of our time at our B&F Leadership Forum last week to discussing how we can create a more positive and inclusive culture in B&F.

What exactly does a positive culture look like? To me, it’s an organization in which everyone feels appreciated and included, and each staff member believes what they do matters and that they can make a difference. One way I try to help create this kind of culture is by taking time to get out and meet the many people in B&F and learn directly about their work. Of the many things I’m responsible for, I believe that my most important job is to support you. I can’t do that effectively if I don’t know you or understand the needs of your job.  Thank you for being so kind with your time when I come to your unit to visit or when you come to my breakfasts or lunches and visit with me.

Just this past Wednesday I had the pleasure of meeting with the team in our Central Electric Shop. This group is responsible for the installations and servicing of many of our buildings’ electrical systems across campus. They install and maintain essential systems such as variable speed drives, lighting, audio visual, card readers, fire alarms, heat trace, and they provide connectivity to our heating and cooling systems. Their work is absolutely vital to the university’s ability to deliver on its mission, and the care and professionalism with which they do it is wonderful. They are yet another example of the unsung heroes on our campus. You folks ROCK!

I look forward to meeting more of you as I make my way across B&F and to more conversations about our culture. If you are ever in the Fleming Building, please stop by and introduce yourself – I’d love to meet you!

Finally…bummer of a football game last weekend.  At one point I thought my wife Betty, who really gets into the game, was going to jump onto the field and show the guys how NOT to turn over the football.  Congratulations to Michigan State for the win…just remember, we will be back next year!  This weekend we are away at Indiana-find some time to spend it at home with your family!

Thanks for all you do to make this university great.

With much appreciation and gratitude,