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Reading over the desired qualifications listed in the job descriptions, it strikes me that job descriptions in general are largely perfunctory. They don't mention some of the most important, albeit most basic, skills--the kind you don't earn a degree for. (Like: Must be not lazy enough to google "perfunctory" if you weren't sure exactly what that means.)
Thinking of my fellow staff, such unspoken qualifications come to mind: willingness to start work very early or end work very late (the mean between the median start time and the median quit time would be somewhere around 1 am or 1 pm), a predisposition to fuzzy math, a cheeky sense of humor, and a certain je ne sais quoi... let's call it lust for life. Oh, and ...
you pretend like you're not nervous in front of the camera.
On Friday, Becky Dunning, our director of operations and advancement--often referred to as the glue that holds Blue Planet together--bids us farewell. She will be the new managing director at Honolulu Theatre For Youth, and we wish her all the best. (And we promise not to call her when we can't find or figure out something. Unless we're desperate. No more than once an hour, Becky.)
Becky lends the perfect example of that intangible qualification that often means more than all the others. Maybe it's thoughtfulness. Or kindness. Or compassion. Or... I know! It's big feet. At the end of a very long day (and week and month) yesterday, she returned from the florist with a fresh bouquet of gardenias for me and Ivory. Let me tell you, the sweet fragrance of gardenias has a miraculous way of stifling the stink produced by work indigestion. Thanks, Becky. Those are some big shoes to fill.