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A farewell tea party was held by The Madeira School of McLean for Robin
Nelson after 12 1/2 years of service. Although she was
"only" the Health Center's administrative assistant, everyone knows
that admin assistants are the wizards that make organizations work.
Robin thanks everyone in the many offices she worked with for
their friendship and good company facing both hard deadlines and many
tough salad choices at lunch.
In case you don't know, The
Madeira School is a beautiful high school
on high bluffs overlooking the Potomac River. In most
the girls do the homework, but the boys dominate discussions, which
tends to dumb down classrooms. Madeira has solved this
its source, by eliminating the boys. To meet our girls, boys
just have to get into some great colleges, where they'll eventually
find most of our girls. The Madeira School accepts boarding
students and has a student body that is diverse across race, class and
many of the world's countries.
Both the Living Room in
Main and the CA (Chapel-Auditorium) look out over the Potomac River
valley with stunning views. When the school invited
all staff to join the Board of Directors for dinner 1Nov07, Autumn was
in her last glories and I
snapped this view.
The Living Room in Main Bldg
Click closeups below to enlarge.
Click any photo to enlarge. That's Morty Tubridy
in the center.
Robin gets a hug from Jinx Smith after Meredith Cole's tribute
and presentation of gifts on behalf of the School, while Lydia Sorrels
looks on. We were also cheered to see Christine
I failed to get a photo.
Here are some from the Madeira Christmas Party the month
click any image to enlarge
(above left) Christine Langford and (right) Jinx and
Mansfield Smith at
(below) the Madeira School Christmas Party 2007, Student Center
Who will forget Andy Gaylord's fabulous food?
(right) Jinx Smith, Robin
Hannay Nelson, Lydia Sorrels
Robin, Lydia and (right)
Assistant Head Mistress Meredith Cole, Robin & Jerry Nelson
Ann Deegan, Bethanne
Allyson Thompson, BJ Romanoff, Robin
browser window wider to get 3-across; click photo to enlarge.
Paul Hager, Dean of Faculty. Ed Hamer, Facilities Services. Rita Cooley.
Serious engineering with Pat
Thank you, Andy, for a great
First she tells the photographer, "It's my party, don't wear a name tag
or act conspicuously." Then she says "Why didn't you get a
picture of everybody?" and recites the names of over 50 people she
noticed were there. Thank you everyone for coming and
apologies if your picture is missing.
Robin's Madeira pewter
cup, and yes, the roses on Andy's cake were real. In the
background, a small sponge washed up on a beach in Australia and
looking like cooling towers for nuclear power -- Robin in her
Monumental Period. A Professional Development grant
from The Madeira School gave Robin printmaking skills, very much on
display in artwork shown
at Swarthmore College, 2007.
click any photo to enlarge
GREAT ORGANIZATIONS, STRONG CULTURE
It is true
that missing employees can be easily replaced. Employees seem
interchangeable. The seat on the chair will still be warm.
I have worked in venture capital and in equity analysis and always found that a company is no better than its people.
Good relations among working
colleagues produce high job satisfaction, low turnover, and a powerful
draw for new talent. You keep the people
with good character in order to set the culture.
Culture drives an organization by shaping behaviors not easily
driven by employee manuals and compensation packages.
Workers cross-linked to others by
mutual trust are a company's fountain of youth.
people enable any organization to be entrepreneurial, dynamic, responsive.
will put her/himself out for others -- no questions
asked -- when the
bond of trust is there. "People are our
important asset," many say. To push into new areas,
your best people and let the organizational chart follow.
position was eliminated.
The person left.
The tea party was great, and the School's motto was fulfilled:
"Function in disaster, finish in style."
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"Function in Disaster, Finish in Style."
And, we both add, preserve a sense of fun!
--Robin & Jerry
robinhnelson at speakeasy dot
net and jerry-va at same.
Address for this page: robinsfarewell.notlong.com
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