Digital Harbor TEAM,
I'm currently flying 35,000 feet up somewhere over Colorado, but my mind is back in Baltimore as I'm thinking about all the things we did this week.
As I mentioned during our forum yesterday, I recognize that it is going to be a bit of whirlwind when I am in town (a "month within a week" apparently according to my word mix-up), with plenty of things happening all at the same time and me pulling any number of you into seemingly random things. (I was going to say this won't be the case when I'm back full-time, but then I imagined Steph laughing out loud so I guess I'll just observe that perhaps my split schedule is actually a nice way for everyone to get accustomed to me in smaller doses).
Just know that I love seeing (and get my energy from) all of the beautiful things happening because of what you all do day-in and day-out. Each one of you plays an important role in that mix and each one of you makes the whole possible. I appreciate the extra efforts, the long hours, the deep concern about doing things the right way that I see... What we have and are as a team is incredibly unique – so thank you for contributing to that.
Transitions are not always easy, but I feel like the past two months have been as seamless as one could possibly imagine – and that for the youth we serve, there was absolutely no disruption or even uncertainty (thanks to all of you on programs!). For many of you on staff, I know this was not the case. There have been a number of changes, and with those come varying degrees of anxiety. My goal has been to reduce the depth and duration of the uncertainty, and I hope I have been able to do so.
Finally, let me just say that when I complained to Shawn and Steph more than 5 years ago (telling them that while the candidates I was interviewing for an open position were good, but that I just couldn't get over how much better I thought they would be for it), I not only had no idea that they would have come and joined the team, but could not have imagined that they would be so willing to give so much in so many different ways, and would care so little for what title, role, function, pay, or other external signifiers that are so commonly so important to so many out there in the world.
So thank you everyone for having me back on the team and for your willingness to build something that is so inspiring. We have a lot of work to do now to grow it to benefit tens of thousands more while being sure it doesn't lose what makes it so special.
[no need to reply, just wanted to share some of my thoughts with you all]
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