Workplace lessons learned from a baseball game
As some of you know, I spend a fair amount of time working in California. It happens I was there last week and thought I would share a story from that trip. It happens that one of my friends was part of a group taking some engineering interns out for a last hurrah at an Oakland Athletics baseball game before they returned back to engineering school for the upcoming semester. They were sitting in the stands right above a group of children from an elementary school.
One of the children from the elementary school asked her teacher if they could do the “wave”, where they would each stand and raise their arms to simulate a wave. After thinking for a quick moment, the teacher agreed and the word was spread among the school group. Once the children began the motions, it was not long before the entire stadium was contagiously captured in the act of the “wave”. Needless to say, the children loved it, and it may very well have been one of the highlights of their evening.
My friend looked over at one of the engineering interns who watched the events take place and said, “See, it only takes one person to start something good that becomes contagious and catches on.” The idea of one child influenced tens of thousands of people to take action and do something. Talk about a learning moment.
So, my question to you is, are you the one who will take a chance to start something good within your organization? Maybe it’s a better approach to maintenance and equipment reliability, or maybe it’s simply an increased focus on continuous improvement. At the end of the day, it only takes one. Are you the one?
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