Colleagues matter. At its best, Foresight is a not a collection of staff members working together, but an ensemble of individuals each contributing their perspective and talents to a greater whole. As any chamber musician knows, playing together is relatively simple, but performing as a dynamic and vibrant unit is incredibly difficult. Trust is required; individuals must be fundamentally invested in one another’s growth and well being. Sometimes roles need to evolve, including beyond the team. Starting this week, Foresight's valued staff member, Peter Toth, will reduce his time at the organization, and begin graduate studies at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. With his ability to quickly assimilate feedback, interject level-headed, grounded insight into meandering conversations, efficiently produce high-quality work, and land perfectly timed punchlines right when they are most needed, he has been an essential and relished part of the firm. Playing with the right partners can elevate one’s own performance. If I am a better professional today than I was four and half years ago when “Toth” joined Foresight, his presence strongly contributed to that evolution. I sometimes scan Foresight’s list of alumni and remind myself that these people are the most significant part of our impact. I imagine that one day we’ll ultimately create a critical mass of positive inflections, enough to tip the balance, shift the conversation, tilt the arc a bit more in the direction of the planet and justice. With people like Toth out there, I am assured that we'll have more than a fighting chance. #ptothadactyl #ptothasaurus
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