When I led the Human Resources team for an organization for many years, I would sometimes end my day thinking â€“ what did I accomplish today? There were days where I shook my head and said â€“ nothingâ€¦Â
Years ago, I decided not to focus so much on the tangible work output, but rather think about the people and relationships I touched during my day.Â When I made that mind shift, I began believing it was better for me to have a positive impact on one person each day than worry about making a bigger impact.Â In my theater days I said to myself, â€śI donâ€™t care how large the audience size is because if one person shows up and they are moved by what they experienced, I have done my job.â€ťÂ
Lately I have been generously invited to speak about employee engagement and cultural elements in a business by organizations who sometimes focus on wanting a certain number of registrants versus really focusing on the content of the conversation.Â I guess I always approach any engagement now not by the number of Zoom windows, but by the response of one, two, or a dozen people afterwards who reach out and say they learned something new or thought about something differently. Iâ€™d rather have one engaged mind stimulated and ready to take action than 50 people signed onto Zoom, but not on the edge of their seats.
I can’t always guarantee an audience, but I think I can guarantee an impact…
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