All you need is one
We had a few days of sunny weather in the UK over the Bank Holiday last weekend, and although a pleasant change after the long, cold winter, it made me realise that even just one sunny day over that long weekend would have made a difference:
One flower to herald the spring; one bird flying overhead to lift our spirits.
The power of one:
It's much easier to encourage best practise and bring everyone together, than it is to legislate and police all the different options that any one person might come up with. And the larger the company, the more vital it is that there is a shared vision, because each individual is a separate person with their own thoughts, feelings and perspectives and actions. One shared vision can bring together all of those thoughts, feelings and perspectives so that the actions of all the individuals help to move the company forward in the same direction.
One small step is also at the heart of the Japanese movement of "Kaizen"*, where the focus is on making one small change at a time, to aspire to continual improvement. To be just that little bit better today than yesterday. To make a difference.
One new idea, one different thing
One thank you card
one person telling you that you are appreciated and valued
one positive thing
One new idea is easy to remember
one new idea is easy to try
one small step
one new person
Each of us can make a difference, and the world is a different place for us having been here.
Light one candle and pass it on
Effective. Efficient. Organised. Professional.
* "One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way", Robert Maurer, Workman Publishing (17 Sep 2004)