Mark Fenn, Director of Human Resources at Indiana Blood Center talks Midwestern values:
A friend of mine who was born and raised in California recently asked me “what is so great about Indiana?” upon hearing about my move back home. Part of my answer included a declaration of my appreciation of Midwestern values. He asked me what exactly are “Midwestern values…”
The question he posed got me thinking over the weekend about values, personal values, Midwestern values, or those values incorporated into our mission here at Indiana Blood Center. I found Midwestern values shares a lot in common with the core values practiced daily here at Indiana Blood Center.
By one definition Midwestern values are “an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, hard work, modesty, your word is your bond, always lend a helping hand, your name and reputation is your most prized possession. Gratitude for the simple things, good health, the love of family, friends and community and pulling together when needed.”
“It humbles me to know that somewhere out there is a man, woman or child going about his day with no clue that tomorrow their life will need to be saved by blood, blood that was donated by a total stranger at one of our blood drives or fixed sites just days ago!”
Indiana Blood Center enjoys its great reputation and the trust of the community in large part because of dedicated associates who take pride in their work and gain satisfaction that they matter… that the good work we all do matters to the people whose lives are saved by our product. When we help to save a life we are also impacting an entire family.
The part of the definition that reads “…friends and community and pulling together when needed” is what we are all about.
I do believe Indiana Blood Center is a friend of the community, and as associates of an organization that plays such a critical role within our region we do all need to pull together to continue making our mission the success that it is.
I love being back home again in Indiana, and having been away for so long I can attest that this whole notion of Midwestern values is a tangible thing, it actually exists! The work we do here at Indiana Blood Center and the associates who give us “an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay” are a reflection of all the attributes found within those values.
Mark, thank you for sharing your wonderful words of wisdom on Midwestern values. It is good to be reminded of the mission we stand behind and strive to fulfill each and every day here at Indiana Blood Center.