Jon Morgan is the Maintenance Director at Compass Senior Living’s communities in Green Bay, Wisconsin. And this is his story.
Dennis Garboden and Will Forsyth, Compass Senior Living principals, traveled to Green Bay last week to present Jon with the newly created Jon Morgan Award. When presented with the award, Jon said, “Thank you all again so much. You caught me off guard but it’s a real honor to have my name attached to your award. Without the support of all of you and my coworkers, who helped me mentally, I couldn’t have done it, so those are the true heroes to me. Thank you so much.”
These are Dennis’s words about how the award came to be:
On Labor Day of 2016 Jon had his foot amputated above the ankle due to unknown circulatory problems. It was a situation that may have left most people devastated. Jon was different – demonstrating uncommon optimism and courage.
Jon immediately started talking about learning to walk with a prosthesis and getting back to his life and to work. As soon as was possible – Jon was visiting the communities – and if not quite able to do a job himself, was supervising and assessing and making sure things got done. Jon had the attitude of “well, what can you do?”, as well as “other people have it worse”. He even had a better sense of humor about himself and his situation surrounding this – than most others did. He jokes about it and has even has a name for his stump: Odie. He also said that he thinks his golf game may have improved since!
Jon teaches us that adversity is inevitable, but difficulties or misfortune don’t have to keep us from achieving our intended goals and finding happiness in work and in life. It’s how we overcome these adversities that can make all the difference. Every challenge successfully conquered serves to strengthen not only our will, but also our confidence, and therefore our ability to confront future obstacles.
Jon Morgan is the inspiration for the new Morgan Hero award. His selfless acts of goodness for those he serves, inspires greatness, and demonstrates Compass Senior Living’s values of goodness, loyalty, faith, and fun. We have many Morgan Heroes working with us, and we are very proud and humbled to honor Jon as the inspiration for our first Morgan Hero Award.
Jon Morgan, we are grateful for your example to all of us.
For years to come, Compass communities will be given the opportunity to nominate other deserving employees based on Jon’s inspiring story from which the following criteria has been developed:
- Maintains a strong work ethic and it is recognized by others
- Has a sense of humor, makes us laugh, and takes things ‘lightly’
- Takes notice of others and lends a hand to help, expressing kindness
- Explores and seeks solutions for the greater good
- Shares the workload and knows what needs to be done–and does it with grace and a generous spirit
- Has open, spontaneous, comfortable, and uplifting communication with others
- Gives heartfelt support and encouragement, genuinely caring for the team, families, and the elders
- Has others’ backs during hard times and good times
- Is a calm, inspiring leader and friend when things go wrong and when things go right
- Does not blame or complain, embracing lessons learned
- Thinks optimistically in the face of challenges encouraging and cheering on the team
- Sees the True North qualities in other people– demonstrating humility and appreciation for the greatness in others
- Communicates with goodness, confidence, and a positive spirit– expecting excellence
- Has a welcoming smile, knows how to have fun and is a good listener
- Has faith that if we do the right things, the right things happen
- Takes ownership for mistakes, accepts responsibility, and seeks innovative solutions when things go wrong
- Views each new situation as an opportunity to take initiative and make a difference or improvement
- Even when things are stressful, has the ability to focus on what needs to be done, expressing gratitude to others as an example and role model of a True North Leader
We look forward to many years of honoring these amazing people in our midst. Thank you Jon for your inspiration!