Leading the Way (Part Two)

Yesterday on the way out of the office a senior member of Operations, the team in which I work at Project Lead the Way, asked, “So, Laura, do you like us enough to come back in on Monday?”

I can only answer with a sincere Yes. Although I’ve only been with PLTW for two weeks, I have begun to truly value what the organization has to offer. Initially, I was impressed by the mission to deliver high-quality, hands-on education to students all across the nation. Having the opportunity to read through some of the curricular programs myself, I am amazed at what these children are learning, and intrigued by how they will shape the world’s future. In my daily routine as a School Support Representative, whose main duties are to support the needs of the network, I encounter much positive and inspiring feedback about the program.

However, having had such a unique experience at Benedict Inn, I know that there is so much more that goes into a job than the tasks it requires. From the Sisters of St. Benedict, I learned about hospitality and how it applies to the workplace. I had hoped that I could bring this to my new position, but was pleased to find it waiting for me there as well. Imagine an office where the CEO checks to see how you are doing every day, where the CFO tells you his door is open to you any time you need something, and where the COO brings in cookies & cream brownies to share on a Wednesday. That’s where I have found myself.

Although the organization is not large, and almost half the staff works remotely, it is close-knit. This is highly beneficial to the mission, because cooperation is everywhere, and communication is easy. No one ever hesitates to ask for help from those who are more expert in the matter. There is so much for each employee to learn from one another. I believe this is one reason that PLTW was recently named one of the best places to work in Indiana.

Hospitality goes a long way. It is important in the workplace, and invaluable when working with a diverse network of government leaders, district administrators and teachers from across the nation. It is only one point of professional growth that I see happening among the employees at PLTW. I’m eager to see where else I can grow, and am reminded of the Circle K International Pledge that I have become so fond of:

“I pledge to uphold the Objects of Circle K International, to foster compassion and goodwill toward others through service and leadership, to develop my abilities and the abilities of all people, and to dedicate myself to the realization of mankind’s potential.”

I’m excited and grateful to be beginning a career of serving others at Project Lead the Way and look forward to all that I can accomplish and all that I can learn.