I'm working the early shift here in the ER today, and because of the historically bad weather here, I left really early for work. The commute was scary, but the streets were empty of traffic, and I arrived at 5:30 AM for my six o'clock shift. As I exited the parking garage, I noticed a man in work clothes shoveling off the walkway to the hospital. I was fiddling with my cell phone (actually texting the wife to let her know I made it OK) so I didn't pay him any mind. I was surprised when he greeted me by name, and more surprised when I looked at him more closely and realized it was the CEO of the hospital.
At 5:30 AM.
In the garage.
I was stunned. I made a little joke about how he's been reduced to pushing a shovel, and he replied with good cheer, 'Well, somebody's got to do it, and half the staff wasn't able to make it in, what with the roads and all. The last thing I want is for an employee or patient to slip on their way in -- that's be all we need!' We chatted for a minute and parted ways. As I was finishing my text, I noticed him stop to greet a couple of nurses on their way in, and thank them for coming in to work today.
It just shows to go you that there are leaders like that out there. They exist. And I bet this one doesn't even make $1 million a year.
Happy Holidays to all!