I am very new to Ko Awatea. In my first few weeks, I have had the privilege of meeting many of you working at Ko Awatea and, more widely, Counties Manukau Health. There are many more people to listen to and learn from. I have been delighted to find that the expansion in my network has been accompanied by an increase in my sense of the intimate community that exists in this space.
However, I am also ever more aware that someone is missing from the equation. Their name is mentioned on a regular basis and yet I have been unable to find them. So, please tell me: who is this ‘Nobody’?
In various meetings and discussions, I hear lines such as, “Nobody has time for this” or, “of course, Nobody wants to do that.” This ‘Nobody’ character has quite the reputation. Despite this apparent notoriety, I have not come across him/her. Instead, my days have been full of encounters with passionate, positive individuals and teams. They communicate stories of successful change and innovative, evidence-based projects – despite inevitable restrictions on time and other resources. They are finding a way to make things better, whilst simultaneously planning what comes next.
Now, it may well be that as I adjust back to the light of the NZ sun that I have inadvertently applied the proverbial rose-tinted glasses. However, results tend to speak for themselves. And, I’m convinced that no degree of tinting could shield me from the goodwill that shines through this organisation.
For now, ‘Nobody’ is nowhere to be seen.