If Only Every On-Boarding Program Had a Bob Steele
RE: This is an blog I wrote about four years ago. I came across it and thought I should really post it again.
Over this last weekend, I found out that my friend, Bob Steele, passed away. My heart is breaking for his family. I am hurting too.
In times like these, I’ve found it very difficult to find the right words to express my feelings. But I’m going to do my best. If you knew Bob, that’s all he ever wanted from the people he worked with, your best with the best you got on that day, nothing more, nothing less, just the best of you. So here goes…
· Ah man… if only every on-boarding program had a Bob Steele, then every new hire in the first five minutes on the job would get a warm hello. These new hires would find out later on in the week that Bob goes out of his way to meet the new hires. No one had ever asked him to. He just felt it was the right thing to do.
· If only every on-boarding program had a Bob Steele, then first thing every morning, you’d get treated to a good morning. Afterwards, you’d take a seat at your desk, turn on your computer and smile while you think to yourself, “That Bob Steele is a good man. I’m lucky to work with him” Someone else would walk by your office, and you’d think of Bob and feel like paying that good feeling forward with a Good Morning of your own to that person on the team. “Good morning,” you’d yell.
· If only every on-boarding program had a Bob Steele, then you would learn the stuff that really matters in the workplace. You would learn the unwritten rules. You would get a map to navigate successfully through the mine fields. You would learn who’s who in the zoo. You would learn that you matter in the workplace, which Bob had a way of reminding you exactly when you needed to hear it. You would feel a part of things. You would get thank you’s. You would feel so very blessed that you got the job.
· Ah man, if only every on-boarding program had a Bob Steele, then you would get to experience what Human Resources tries so painstakingly to make: an on-boarding program that is wholly ‘human’ with less, meaningless 'resources’. You would work with someone who works from the heart, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, and appreciates who you are and what you bring to the table. You get to be you, all the best you have wrapped up in the parts you still hope to complete. You don’t get a checklist but a guy who makes sure you get everything you need. You get someone who has your back and who you can count on in good times and bad times.
If only, if only, if only… bad times.
In times like this, it seems there are a million 'if only’s’. But I do know one thing for sure, there was only one Bob Steele.
I never got to say thank you. Thank you, Bob. Thank you for being your best, nothing more, nothing less, and for being one hell of a good friend.
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