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Push The Pebble

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Published Monday, April 2, 2012 8:00 AM by andyleonard

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Greg Lucas said:


This is so true - and for me also very timely.

I dug my heels on on the best approach to a peice of work last week and this week management are talking about getting more of the team to use the same approach.  Great oks from little acorns grow.

Stay well.


April 2, 2012 8:06 AM

eccentricDBA said:

It is amazing the power one person has.  Using your pebble for an example.  Think of the power of one pebble thrown into a calm lake and the ripple of change it creates from it.

I had picked up a book last year that had a similar theme.  It was called The Book of the Shepherd: The Story of One Simple Prayer, and How It Changed the World by Joann Davis ( ).  It's a nice short read and to quote one of the amazon comments, "Although Davis sets the tale in centuries past the story is still timeless and relevant. The Book of the Shepherd will leave you with a sense of peace and purpose."

April 2, 2012 8:38 AM

RichB said:


Sure, the right pebble thrown at the right target can make a huge difference, as you say.

Chuck it into the middle of an empty car park (parking lot for the other side of the pond) and the results are less spectacular.

Equally, if the car park is in front of a luxury car sales room, and is full of their stock, it may have a profound impact on your immediate prospects.

So I guess it's important to figure out what pebble you want to chuck, and where you want to do it!

April 3, 2012 5:27 AM

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