hen you hear the word Engagement, you might think of a romantic commitment to marriage or those meetings, appointments, and special events we look forward to every year. Not this year, though. Even though we no longer juggle our time after work, jumping between two events or hopping on a flight for a meeting, we are keeping busy. We are fully engaged with this new reality of the uncertain days ahead.
Engagement is about a deeper awareness s on ourselves, our daily lives, and what stands in front of us today as we evaluate opportunities and make decisions that impact our personal and professional lives. For me, Engagement is more than the act of becoming involved or participating in the work of an organization like The Argonauts. This is the essence of my life’s work: I am a global engagement specialist and I “create the stickiness between constituents and causes.”
Most of my career to date has been in higher education, a fulfilling place to strive for personal and professional balance. I feel great satisfaction working closely with partners who measure their success by acts of positive change and societal impact. But now with universities and schools shutting down, with businesses closing or curtailing operations, everything has been thrown out of balance. All of us are looking for a new balance so we can re-engage, safely, as individuals, as professionals, as a society. We are perhaps less concerned with stickiness than in not getting stuck. More concerned with sickness — and not getting sick. Does that seismic shift change how we relate to Engagement?