Nose Goes

The trashcan is a smelly, overflowing mess.  I provide a gentle reminder to my kids that it needs to be emptied. Both girls yell “Nose Goes” and reach for the tip of their nose.  The basic idea is that the last one to put their finger to the end of their nose has to complete the undesirable task. There was no personal responsibility, just a “dirty job” for the loser.

Girl with her finger on the tip of her noseNot all jobs are glorious, huge money earners nor do they get you lots of praise from others.  Never the less, these “dirty jobs” must get done.  We must all learn how to be Socially Responsible.  To some it comes naturally. You could tell them to muck the stalls and they will do it with a smile on their face. But for most of us, if there is an “undesirable” job that needs to be done, we will find anything to do other than that job.

My coworkers and I were recently discussing a high needs resident.  The team agreed on the safest course of action.  But when the time came to communicate that decision to other affected team members, everyone in the room basically played “Nose Goes.”

Social Responsibility means…

…We have the personal responsibility to do the right thing.

…We are accountable for doing the right thing.

…We hold each other accountable for doing the right thing.

…We are open to being held accountable for doing the right thing.

Are we as an organization being socially responsible? Yes, but we can ALWAYS do better.  Are you being socially responsible – as an employee? – as a stake holder? – as a donor? - as a community member?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared these two great thoughts about Social Responsibility:

 “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Rev. John Cobb is the Continuous Quality Improvement Risk Manager and Sanctuary Coordinator for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

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