What's Your Impact?
You have an impact, for better or worse, on your family, neighbours, and workplace
One hundred million years ago, a meteor crashed into the Canadian Shield roughly 90 minutes east of Winnipeg. West Hawk Lake is the result of that impact.
Somewhere between five and six million years ago, the Colorado River started carving through layers of volcanic rock and sediment in Colorado. Today, the impact of that running water is obvious to the millions of visitors to the Grand Canyon.
But it’s not just monumental events—whether sudden or gradual—in the environment that shape our world. People have an impact too. Consider the likes of Brian Pallister, Justin Trudeau, or Donald Trump. They all put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us, but it is impossible to ignore their impact, for better or worse, within their considerable spheres of influence.
And how about you? What impact are you having on your family, your neighbours, and within your workplace? I ask, because you too have an impact, for better or worse.
Is your indifference perpetuating a mediocre status quo? Is your passion propelling a boat load of deliverables? I have no idea, but I know that you do. So consider for a moment.
And while we are on the subject, let’s project into the future. Are you satisfied with the kind of impact you are having? If not, what impact would you like to have? What minor tweaks and adjustments might you make that would make all the difference? Where do your skills lie and how can you better leverage them for the benefit of yourself and the relationship networks you are a part of?
The beauty of leveraging your strengths at work is that you benefit and your team benefits too. Discovering and deploying the gifts you’ve been given at work, finding that nexus between what makes your heart beat and the mission that guides your workplace—this is where the magic is really found.
There may be some of you reading this—I can almost see you—head shaking, lips pursed, perhaps even a wry curse-infused chortle at the naivety of all this pie-in-the-sky-blah-blah-blah. And I love it that you’ve read this far because here’s the thing: this isn’t idealistic crap. This is the stuff that helps stoke the core of productivity, innovation, efficiency, and job satisfaction, all of which your employer is looking for—and perhaps you are too.
Never underestimate the impact you are having within your own sphere of influence, whether through your steady dedication to the task at hand or through a sudden moment of insight. Either can have a lasting impact on the people in your work and in your personal life.