#ThursdayThought – The Little Things Go Farther
The biggest task, most impactful initiative or largely brilliant strategy might seem like it has the biggest influence on your organization.
Any task, initiative or strategy has definitive goals, metrics and skills that drive them. In the end these “big things” become practices, procedures and policies.
Howver as more and more companies realize the neccessity of culture not only driving strategy, but being a strategy, it becomes imperative that the “little things” that drive culture go farther in driving stratgeic results.
A strong cadence of “do your job” can only go so far. If not coupled with the little things that strengthen and reinforce culture – such as simple acknowledgement, thank-yous and just connected conversations – people will not be refreshed or recharged to push further in your strategy.
Think of the marathon runner. 26.2 miles and many of them run that in just over 2 hours. Just determining to run and make that time is the task at hand, but runners and trainers know that can’t happen by sheer will.
That’s why there are people to hand cups of water to these athletes. If not for the small gesture of water, runners will be depleted of fluids which will eventually cause other problems, such as depleted oxygen, change in bloodflow and/or cramping and other maladies.
The little cup of water here and there over 26 miles may not seem like much, but the ability to provide a runner with just a few ounces of precious liquid makes a bigger impact than the determination of pace to cross the finish line.
Find the little things for your people. It goes farther than you think.