Barbara Banks, Administrative Assistant in Laboratory Animal Resources, brought flowers and an accompanying note of appreciation to a colleague she values. Barbara was a participant in the newly launched Jayhawk Way Success Academy, and she wanted to share her thoughts about the leadership development program. Here's an excerpt from the note.
I'm confident that at the end of these three months you will notice a significant change across the campus. We will all become more professional in our positions. We will display genuine love and concern for one another. We will be more compassionate and extend mercy where needed. Our teams will be more solid, for we all in the end will realize that each of our gifts is needed to make it a grand success.
I'm reminded of a puzzle. If one piece is missing, the puzzle will never be complete. However, once it's found and put in place, it will become whole and complete. When we see ourselves as that one piece, we realize that it's what I have to offer to make it a grand success.
Barbara's note reflects the kind of environment we're creating at KU Medical Center. It is a place where the best and brightest thrive and make amazing contributions to the health of our patients, to the education of our students and to the wellbeing of our community, our state and our world.
KU Medical Center may have the noblest goals and the best-laid plans, but without a competent, engaged workforce, our goals and plans will not be realized. That's why, in 2013, we continued innovative programs to ensure we have an excellent workforce.
 Goals E.III, G and H in the original plan / Innovate box 2 and Competencies in the refined plan
 Goal E.III in the original plan / Innovate box 2 in the refined plan
 Goal A.II in the original plan / Educate box 3 in the refined plan