WBEZ | vlog brothers http://www.wbez.org/tags/vlog-brothers Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The papal exit interview http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/papal-exit-interview-105800 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4607149956_6590a07e0d.jpg" style="float: left; height: 187px; width: 280px;" title="Flickr/bpsusf" /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.2561208582807153" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What are your main reasons for leaving? </span></div><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">To quote my favorite movie, I&rsquo;m gettin&rsquo; too old for this </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">beep</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">! Ha ha! In a few days I get to say the real word.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What did you like most/least about the organization? </span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I really like the Vatican and meeting so many nice people. Having over a million Twitter followers is neat.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Least: I feel like people are talking about me all the time and you guys, seriously, sometimes my feelings get hurt. And also it&rsquo;s very tiring. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What, if improved, would have caused you to stay at the organization?</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">A nice wife to talk to all my problems with? Just kidding. Or maybe I&#39;m not? I don&#39;t know. What are you going to do, anyway, fire me? Oh Lord, I&rsquo;m a little slap-happy today, please forgive me. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Would you recommend the organization to others as a good place to work/study/join?</span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exit_interview#cite_note-1"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span></a><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I believe that&rsquo;s what I did the entire time I was in this position! Was I effective? I don&rsquo;t know, I guess we&rsquo;ll know in a couple of hundred years or so. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What are the other reasons for &nbsp;your leaving?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Um...pass. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What could have been done early on to prevent the situation developing/provide a basis for you to stay with &nbsp;us?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I feel like this may be a two person job? Having a co-pope might have helped. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">How do you feel about the organization?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I like it. I am still on board. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What could you have done better or more for us had we given you the opportunity?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I think if you had let me make YouTube videos like those </span><a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">Vlogbrothers</span></a><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> guys, maybe people would like me a little bit more. People love those guys. But, I get it. If I made one in English I&rsquo;d have to make one in Italian and French and German and Vietnamese. I&rsquo;d be vlogging all day. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What extra responsibility would you have welcomed that you were not given?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Nobody asked me how I would have liked the Vatican Christmas tree to be decorated, but I had some thoughts on that I would have liked to share. I will still be available to discuss if you want. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">How could the organization have enabled you to make fuller use of your capabilities and potential?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I took a Excel class prior to starting my time in the papacy but found no real reason to use it, so that was three hours down the drain. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What training would you have liked or needed that you did not get, and what effect would this have had?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Here&rsquo;s the thing. Everyone&rsquo;s making such a big deal about me retiring but don&rsquo;t you think it&rsquo;ll be great for the next me to be able to ask the current me how I dealt with things? When I signed on, all the previous mes were dead!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What training and development &nbsp;that you had did you find most helpful and enjoyable?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I took a Powerpoint class and really enjoyed the sound effects you can deploy when a slide comes up. Ka-boom!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What can you say about communications within the organization/your department?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Pretty good but not perfect.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What improvements do you think can be made to customer service and relations?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Um...I might send you an off-the-record email on this later. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">How would you describe the &nbsp;culture or &#39;feel&#39; of the organization?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Nice! Very fancy. Good food. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What suggestion would you make to improve working conditions, hours, shifts, amenities, etc?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Yes, I wouldn&rsquo;t have minded a bit more time off. Obama gets vacations. Even The Lord rested on the 7th day: why couldn&rsquo;t I? </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What would you say about &nbsp;equipment and machinery that needs replacing or upgrading, or which isn&#39;t fully/properly used for any reason?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Were you aware that that the Popemobile only has a tape deck in it? Fortunately I have a few bitchin&rsquo; mix tapes left over from college, but come on. A CD player, satellite radio, something. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What, if any, ridiculous examples of policy, rules, instructions, can you highlight?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The hats. I never understood why sometimes it was the big hat, sometimes the little beanie. It&rsquo;s just like...pick a hat, guys. Also, the Vatican could really use more of a feminine touch, you know what I mean? So much marble and metal. How about a nice afghan or throw pillow? </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What examples of ridiculous waste (material or effort), pointless reports, meetings, bureaucracy, etc., could you point to?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I still don&#39;t get why we had to change the responses at Mass. That meeting took forever and I missed a good </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Mad Men </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">because of it.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">How could the organization reduce stress levels among employees where stress is an issue?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Pizza parties maybe? This should not be difficult based on our office&#39;s location. Or, I know. Better wine. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Aside from the reason(s) you are &nbsp;leaving, how strongly were you attracted to committing to a long and developing career with us?</span><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Pretty strongly, you know. I never got married, I never wore jeans, I was allowed to bring us into the 20th century but not the 21st. I never wavered from the company message, even though it didn&rsquo;t make me very popular at times.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Is there anything else you want to add?</span><br class="kix-line-break" /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">I am grateful for my time here and in a few years, I look forward to finally meeting the boss. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Follow me </span><a href="https://twitter.com/Zulkey"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#1155cc;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">@Zulkey</span></a></p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/papal-exit-interview-105800