Small actions can have big impacts

A gradually spreading effect or influence
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple effect with no logical end.”
– Scott Adams
A ripple effect in our lives can be gradually spreading, sometimes with unintended consequences. When you throw a pebble into a pond, the first thing you normally see is the splash and then the circles or ripples from where the pebble hit the water. Pretty benign so far. But your thrown pebble might have other effects—it could scare off a nearby duck or frighten a group of fish. Perhaps some children were feeding the duck and now you’ve ruined their fun. You might have spoiled the luck of a fisherman standing on the opposite bank.
By throwing the pebble, you’ve caused change. This is the ripple effect. Each action we take or choice we make in life causes a ripple effect.
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Positive or negative ripples
ID-10046847We all have choices—about the actions we take, how we treat people and how we react to events in our lives. Are we choosing to make positive or negative ripples in the world around us?
One story that stick outs for me about the ripple effect is about a man named Manny, who I heard about at a conference I held several years ago. On day 2 of the conference, one of the participants talked about Manny and how he looked forward to seeing him every day because he felt good after spending time with him. He tried to be in his office every day between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. when Manny would come by to collect the garbage so he could interact with him. Many other people at the conference, who worked at the same office, had a similar experience with Manny—they described him as joyful, warm, generous, friend, warm, caring and curious.
Manny is an example of someone who creates a positive ripple effect. The way he interacted with others  and the way he chose to live brought joy to many people. His behaviour changed their lives.
What impact are you having?
When you look at the actions you’re taking in your business, what do you see? As a leader, you have a great deal of influence. Are the ripples you’re sending out through your actions and interactions creating positive or negative change for you, your business and the people you work with?
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Trust Needs To Be Earned

The first definition of trust that pops up on the Internet says trust is:

  1. Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.

Further down the page, the site lists the synonyms for trust:

  • Faith
  • Confidence
  • Reliance
  • Dependence

and another definition—a feeling of certainty that a person or thing will not fail.
Definition of Trust
Take a long, hard look at yourself. If asked, would a family member, co-worker, colleague, team member or client describe you in those terms? Someone who can be relied upon, depended on; a person whose integrity, ability or character is trustworthy?
Trust account deposits
Trust is built through past acts that compiled create a stockpile of confidence in you. If you can’t be certain others have that kind of faith in you, developing behaviors that grow your emotional capital with them can create ‘deposits’ into that stockpile or trust bank.
Stephen Covey says, “By behaving in the ways that build trust, you make deposits. By behaving in ways that destroy trust, you make withdrawals. The “balance” in the account reflects the amount of trust in the relationship at any given time.”
Withdrawals are typically larger than deposits
“It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it,” says Warren Buffet.
“Withdrawals can be so In general, withdrawals can have 10, 20, or even 100 times more impact than deposits, but there are some withdrawals that are so significant that they completely wipe out the account in one stroke. I once heard the analogy that trust is like a big bucket that gets filled with water (making deposits) one drop at a time, and some withdrawals (the massive ones) are like “kicking the bucket” — in some other words, because of a single action, you simply don’t have anything left. The important thing to remember here is that it’s not smart to kick the bucket! You’re going to make mistakes — everybody does — but try not to make the ones that completely destroy trust, and work hard to build trust and restore whatever trust has been lost,” says Covey.
Stephen Covey and Trust
In a leadership position, it’s critical for your success and that of your organization, for those you lead to trust you, to know you can be relied upon. Buy-in to your decisions and engagement with the journey you’re taking them on won’t occur if your people don’t trust you. If you let them down, how can you expect them to carry out your vision and meet your goals and objectives? It’s been said ‘past behaviour is an excellent example of future behaviour’. Once you’ve let them down, it will take a long time to rebuild your trust account. Only by consistently behaving in a reliable and dependable way can you regain that confidence.
Poor execution and lack of accountability within organizations are at an all time high causing experts to say most businesses are facing a leadership crisis. Working with a coach to create new habits and patterns for a more effective style as a leader, can help your organization or business avoid these problems.
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How do you show up when you don't know what to do?

Most of us do more of what we know to do when we don’t know what to do! Why? It is human nature to resist change.
One expert, Robert Quinn speaks to the #1 reason why 90% of corporate change initiatives fail.  He says it is because the senior leaders are unwilling to take on and go through the deep personal change that is required.
“Real Leadership” requires us to face the risks to reinvent ourselves.  Quinn calls it “Getting Lost with Confidence” that is; to learn in a way that helps us forget what we know and discover the pathways including what we and others need.  Leaders who learn their way into a new and emerging world are master change agents which demand an ongoing conversation and exploration.
Executive Coaching — Business and Performance
Coaching impacts business results — it improves every dimension of leadership and performance for individuals, teams and organizations.  Coaching facilitates a dialogue that causes a person to think differently and from multiple perspectives.  Coaching is an inquiry exposing the things we don’t see or don’t know and don’t even know that we don’t know it.  This improves understanding, expands options, enhances decision making and ignites the ability to take action. Coaching is a potent communication process that clarifies current reality and expands capabilities to increased levels of effectiveness, accountability and problem-solving.  Coaching is a client-driven approach to change, learning and growth which accelerates the ability to improve performance results.
Statistics show…
Coaching provides an average return on investment of 5.7 times.
Training increases productivity by 22.4% — productivity increases to 88% when combined with coaching.
“One cannot teach a man anything.  One can only enable him to learn from within himself.”