Authenticity is a critical value we hold here at Y Scouts. Here’s how we define and practice authenticity.
Ken Butler, Leadership Search Director
I would love everyone to feel like they can be who they are, and not worry about the mistakes that they bring to the table. So even when we completely disagree on something, I love that someone believes something fully. And I think that’s really important that people can have that. If someone’s authentic with me, and totally coming from a different place—I get to learn maybe how to see with that viewpoint. So, it teaches me something, and also I can be myself if somebody else is himself or herself. I definitely want my kids to look at somebody and to love them for who they are, and without any judgment on who they should or shouldn’t be—so that they can become authentic.
Christie McPherson, Leadership Search Director
I think authenticity leads to accountability in the right way. Accountability and authenticity are both sometimes seen as bad words; they scare people. Authenticity is a state of being vulnerable, which is not human nature to just completely open yourself up. You can only wear a mask so long before it exhausts you. And you’re not performing at your personal best in any area—whether it’s work, whether it’s parenting, whether it’s being a spouse, whether it’s being a friend. You can’t be your best if you’re not yourself. So to find an organization at Y Scouts, that not only puts it on the wall but personifies it, lives it and expects it from one another, allowed me to not only hold myself accountable but to allow others to hold me accountable in a positive way.
Brian Mohr, Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Costumes are for Halloween. From the get-go, we want to create an environment where the people who come here and choose to join our cause get to do so and be themselves for the journey. The notion of, when I come to the office I have to put on a different persona, and then I get to be somebody else when I leave—I hate that. So the jovial, obnoxious, loud, hopefully sometimes inspirational personality that I am is exactly the way I am at home or with my friends. I don’t change my character, and I think the world would be better if we could all do that.
Paul Eisenstein, Leadership Search Director
I think authenticity, first and foremost, is trying to understand who I am, and accepting that. And then being the best Paul I can be. It’s kind of a continual reflection.
Adam DiBiase, Research Manager
Authenticity is one of the reasons that I came here. It’s the whole “costumes are for Halloween” bit. I love that, because I’ve been at places that have not encouraged people to be who they really are. I’m encouraged to be who I am here. People are transparent in this company. You don’t see office politics and the drama here. It’s a real reason why we have attracted some great people on the team. Our whole business is built on asking candidates for roles to be true to us, and to tell us what their passions are and what their purpose is. I can’t imagine doing that kind of work if we ourselves weren’t authentic.
Rae Johnson, Accounting & Office Administration
For me, I’ve learned over the years that to be authentic is the easiest way to live. I treat everyone how I want to be treated, and I treat everyone exactly the same. I live by, “What goes around comes around.”
Jason Gabler, Leadership Consultant
Authenticity kind of plays into what I got out of acting and improv classes. To be effective but also be a part of making that dream or purpose come to fruition means being true to yourself and understanding that you are unique. Even though you might not fit a mold, you’re a mold in and of yourself. So be true to that and find the best way to contribute to that vision while still being the best you that you can be.
Nicole Spracale, Leadership Search Director
In the work I do or just in general, it just means showing up the same everywhere—warts and all. When I was younger, I think I spent a lot of energy trying to be who I thought everybody else wanted me to be. I think authenticity is about being comfortable in your own skin and recognizing that it doesn’t matter if people like you or not; you have to like yourself. You have to be OK with what you see back in the mirror. If somebody else doesn’t like you, that’s not your problem. I am who I am, and if I’m not OK with it then nobody else is going to be OK with it.
Max Hansen, Co-Founder & CEO
Authenticity was probably the easiest one when Brian and I started the business. Coming to work and being who you want to be is the most critical thing to be happy. The whole term “work-life balance,” to a certain extent, shouldn’t exist. Your life is work; you might as well enjoy it. You’ve got to be able to be who you are in your personal life and in your work.
Marc Ruter, Leadership Search Director
I think authenticity resonates with me. It’s a great value for me to aspire to improve upon and it’s one of the things I’m working on—one of my goals here at Y Scouts, to be a little bit more assertive in who I am. It’s something that I haven’t always been and I work toward.
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