Last week was difficult. I worked until 1:30-2:00 in the morning every day. The stress of deadlines and workload was overbearing. Fortunately, I did not endure this experience alone. Nearly our entire CHAI office was overworked last week and we suffered through the experience together.
In order to celebrate, most of us joined two of our friends (a fellow ESADE student and his wife) for a weekend trip to Kruger National Park at their behest. We spent the weekend driving (and walking) around one of the most famous game reserves in the world. While the big cats escaped our viewing, we managed to have up close experiences with elephants, rhinos, giraffes and many more animals. It was simply riveting.
The most important realization from the weekend was how much I enjoy the people in the CHAI – South Africa office. Many of us have been here for one month or less, yet I feel there is a strong bond within the group to ensure collective success. I am inspired by the knowledge and passion for the cause in the room and feel I can contribute to this collective energy. Working in such an environment motivates me to excel beyond what I may have previously thought possible. The people here are truly driving my experience in a positive way.
I plan to pursue this environment wherever I work in the future, both as an employee and as a manger. I feel there is nothing that promotes success like a strong bond between the people in an organization. People will be there when an organization is gone. People are your network. People make the experience, and not the other way around!
“I’ve had a lot of good experiences working, but the great people are what I’ll remember most.” – Thomas McCarthy, departing CHAI staff member/epic legend