A very simple thing happened at work today. Without going into details, suffice it to say that to many it would seem anything but remarkable – good, but hardly anything to write home about. Yet, for me, it was the culmination of a wish and effort in a major area of responsibility for me for over the past two years. It was a very big deal, I think, for the future of communication at my company.
There were a lot of different thoughts and feelings occurring as it unfolded today:
- The personal satisfaction of knowing it was finally happening;
- Gratefulness for all the others in a very long process for the role each played in making it happen;
- Anticipation of what the reaction of others might be – who would note the significance and who might miss it.
Once the deed was done, I could not stop smiling. Even out walking the dog tonight, that was foremost on my mind and caused me to smile with satisfaction. It still does.
The truth is that even though the act itself was very simple, what went into it was anything but simple or quick. Whether others recognize that fact is up to them. At least I see it as the culmination of much work.
In December 2010 I spoke at a conference in San Francisco. The moderator asked me what my goal was for embarking on the internal communications route we had been discussing. My response to him was “I want to change the way communication happens at my company.” Today’s seemingly small step was really a major one in making that come to pass. If nobody else notices, it is enough for me to know we made a huge stride today, because I know what has gone into it and because I know its significance.
Leap year lesson #188 is Nothing beats deep personal satisfaction.