Friday, April 9, 2010


“Little by little one walks far.” ~~Peruvian Proverb~~

Today I am reminded to take it one step at a time. With so much going on and some goals just seeming as if they are almost unreachable, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed. It’s very easy to almost become paralyzed by the sense that there is no way to accomplish it all. When the tasks at hand seem like they are just too big, when things look like they are near impossible, just take them one at a time until you whittle them down. I had a conversation with a candidate yesterday who offered a great perspective. We were actually talking about Lean principles (operational excellence and continuous improvement). We were discussing something called “Hoshin Kanri”, a Lean method used to capture and cement strategic goals, and she said in the scenario that I presented, that would be like trying to run a marathon before you learned to walk. You have to learn to crawl; then take your first steps; then walk; then run; then train; and then maybe you’ll be ready for that marathon… One step at a time. First things first. Little by little. You will reach your destination!

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