Word of Work #1: Steps

“One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong

Step Up to Work

When I was 4-years old living in Regina Saskatchewan and had nothing to do on sunny August days, my mother would hand me a can of water and a paint brush. With can and brush in hand I would paint our red wooden front steps. Before I got to the top step, the bottom step was already dry, so I would climb down the steps and start over, a four-year old version of Sisyphus. Yet, there was a childhood delight in seeing the dry red flakey steps glisten, albeit momentarily, when brushed with the cool water.

You see, I was a painter learning about the power of engagement.

The word of work for today is steps:

What are your steps at work?

Are you in step?

What is your next step? •

Are you ready, willing, and able to step up to your next challenge?

There are many steps we follow. We might use a 5-step method for serving customers and good teams synchronize their steps to create outcomes.

Let the word step seep into your sense of work today. Note the steps you are taking, reflect upon the steps you took yesterday, and ensure you take the vital step of moving from contemplation to action steps.

So, what’s your next step?


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