Small Choice…BIG Change

We’ve likely all heard of the “domino effect” but – do we know just how powerful it can be?

Geometric progression.  What does that even mean?  It’s really quite simple, even for a guy like me who almost failed grade 12 math. I heard about this in The One Thing, a book by Gary Keller.  It’s a simple concept that describes how a domino is capable of tipping over another domino that is 50% bigger. No big deal, right? 


It gets nuts if you follow it out.  Keller explains that if you start with a regular two-inch tall domino and progressively get 50% bigger, by the time you reach the 31st domino it will stretch above Mount Everest by over 3,000 feet!  The 57th domino would nearly bridge the gap between earth and the moon!  Don’t believe me? Do the math…I did because I didn’t buy it.  Sure enough, it’s true! Geometric progression.

In our organizations, the small choices can produce big changes. Taking a few minutes to ask one of your front-line workers how their weekend was could pay big dividends down the road when you need them to work late on a Friday night. It’s also just a nice thing to do without any ulterior motives. The people in our organizations aren’t machines or robots or assembly-line widgets.  

They are people.

Don’t forget that!  It’s true that they’re the most important asset we have. If we do the small things to show our appreciation it could pay big dividends. How much could you achieve in a day if all your people didn’t show up? Exactly…  

What’s something small you’ve done that resulted in BIG change? If you can’t think of anything try something TODAY!

Jon Weening

Jon Weening

I have two passions that are the driving force behind my work; the first, to help business owners and leadership teams become their best and the second – a natural result of the first – to help create fulfilling and engaging work places for their teams.

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