Editorial | May 31st, 2016
Conrad Cone, Management Development Advisor, People & Culture, Employee Engagement
Won: Innovation, Award of Merit
My best day at work was last June when I was ‘asked’ to be part of a team that launched VCH’s inaugural Dragon’s Den called EE Innovates.
Why it was ‘my best day’ is that senior EE leadership, my manager and my team mates trusted me to carry them out of their comfort zones to build a foundational program that helps create a culture of continuous social innovation.
EE staff members were invited to propose project ideas on the topic of “Innovating for Change” on a new Innovation Lab crowd-sourcing website. If a project was selected, the team pitched their idea in front a panel of judges that had the organizational influence to support innovative ideas through to implementation. The legacy of the program is that VCH was able to showcase great employees who had great ideas.
What does “People First” mean to you?
Before I came to VCH, I worked for a large global software company. Our culture there was based on the rapid advancement of technology through employee collaboration via face-to-face interactions. Instead of a reliance on digital interactions such as phone/emails we based operational success on people’s ability to communicate and give feedback. At VCH, I see ‘People First’ as change in the way we interact with one another, and how this affects and influences VCH’s vision and mission. If we really believe this is important than it allows us to keep seeking opportunities to put people first: to focus on our people, our ability to retain them and how we showcase their integral value for providing healthcare for our community.
What did it feel like being nominated, and then winning, in your category?
To be nominated by your peers is humbling. That someone I work with saw something I did or had an interaction with me that made them think of ‘me’ when People First nominations were being gathered is of special significance.
The nomination is a form of recognition that our ‘impact’ on those we work with every day, has meaning or brings meaning to others.
Winning is just the icing on the cake. I personally find more pride and accomplishment in just being nominated by one of my peers. ‘Winning’ though shows that VCH has seen through my smoke and mirrors and believes what I do contributes to developing our great employees.
What his nominator said:
“Conrad deserves a People First Award for inspiring and challenging staff and leaders to step outside of their comfort zone and implementing innovative solutions to ‘develop the best workforce.’ Conrad has been successful in launching a number of programs that have inspired creativity in others and are helping VCH build a culture of excellence. Conrad looks at every project through a creative lens and challenges the status quo to bring his innovative visions to life with the support of his team members. Conrad’s ability to inspire others in ‘picturing the possibilities’ and taking smart risks without agonizing to improve quality deserves recognition at an organizational level.”