Executive Insight – January 2019

By Mickey Thaxton
Associate Executive Director

Over the course of the past two-and-a-half years, I’ve participated in a lot of employee interviews and heard a lot of different questions designed to gauge an applicant’s interest in the company, the community, and the work that we do here at Riderwood.  Of all the questions I’ve heard – and I’ve heard a lot of them! – the best one by far goes to the heart of who we are and who we aspire to be, it’s this: “At Riderwood, we share our gifts to create communities that celebrate life: What gifts do you bring?”

If this sounds familiar, it’s most likely because this is our mission statement, and it’s a very powerful one.  Our mission is supported by our vision, an ideal on which we focus all of our efforts: We strive to help people live better lives by being “the most valued and trusted leader” in the field.  Like all worthwhile endeavors, this is not something we will achieve in a finite period of time, it is something that requires constant focus, attention, and effort – the kind of commitment embodied by the people we look for and the culture we foster.  Among the values we live out every day are respecting and caring for each individual, an active acceptance of diversity, a commitment to friendliness and enthusiasm, acting with integrity, and aspiring to excellence.  With now nineteen communities and growing, our vision continues to inspire us and guide us, all in the service of others.

As Woodrow Wilson once noted, “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”  This sentiment is part and parcel of who we are and where we are going, as a company, and as a community.  Our vision leads us onward, and it will take a village to get there.  Glad you’re with us!

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