Change is happening around us all the time and it can often bring with it feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear etc…
Change is foremost on my mind, because this will be my last blog as I have decided that it is time to move on from Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition (NUIHC) and the SOMS program. This decision has been a long time coming, and from experience, workplace change can be very difficult. For the last 2 – 2 1/2 years I have asked myself who will take my place when I leave. In our program alone, I have seen five program managers in five years. Most left on their own accord, one we had to let go, but the interim period was hard and I REALLY dreaded it.
After five years, I was blessed to meet and hire our current Curriculum Coordinator, Nicole Tamayo-Bergman and over the last 6 months, she has truly shined. That is why when I finally made the decision to give my resignation, I didn’t hesitate to put Nicole’s name forward as my replacement, and for the last 2 months she has been shadowing me learning the ropes.
We need change to grow, but somewhere along the way people have come to resent/fear change. I know that Nicole will take this program to places that I never could, and that will be good for everyone. I think that some of us need or crave change more than others, take myself for instance this is the longest that I have stayed in one job in the last 15-20 years.
My decision to resign was based on my personal needs, but it wasn’t easy and for the first time in my adult life I have left a position without another one lined up. I am so far out of my comfort zone it is insane, but I knew what I had to do, and for me I am leaving the rest up to faith. I am nervous, but I am also excited to pursue projects that up until now I just haven’t felt like I have had the time to pursue.
For resiliency our children need to understand that change is not only inevitable all throughout our/their lives, but that even though change itself may not be easy, the end result helps us to grow into stronger and more resilient individuals. Many of our youth are ambivalent and fearful of change, and this has affected their future potentials they struggle with coping with change and often turn to drugs, alcohol or other substances of abuse to adjust. It is our responsibility to prepare our youth for change, whether it be growing up, losing someone, changing grades or later in your life jobs.
If I had not taken the chance, over five years ago, to pursue this position at NUIHC I would have missed out on probably one of my most significant growth periods of my adult life, and this was brought to my attention through a leadership training that I attended a little over a year ago. The purpose of the training was to identify your current communication style(s), as well as educating trainees on all five types of communication styles. I know for a fact that I gained at least one new communication style by working here, and that I strengthened one and possibly two others during my time here. It was enlightening and encouraging to know that I am still learning new things. That is what change does for all of us.
Nicole will be taking over for me, officially, beginning next week, but this week on top of her taking the leap from Curriculum Coordinator to Program Director, she and her family are suffering the loss of a loved one. I ask that you please keep Nicole and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate these changes in their lives.
Thank You and Good Bye,