Those of you who have attended The LeaderShape Institute are aware of the theme for Day Two...The Value of One, The Power of All. We speak often of the importance of one conversation, one person, one vision and how that can make all the difference. In fact, participants to The LeaderShape Institute receive a pebble as part of our commencement activity that signifies that one pebble (or action) can be the start of something that creates a wave (or movement) bringing one's vision to reality.
We believe that small actions can make a difference because it creates momentum and, perhaps more importantly, does something...anything. Far too often, we sit on the sidelines waiting for others to do what needs to be done and when that doesn't happen, we blames those same "others" for not doing what we ourselves won't do.
We got tired of this situation and decided to do something about it back in 2005. We created the one-day program, Catalyst.
Catalyst also came about because we would be asked by a number of people who experienced the Institute if we could "make people cry" in less than six days. Seriously. We laughed, but also got that people were hungry for an experience that was as powerful as the Institute as long as it didn't take as long and didn't cost as much. We knew that you can't replicate the space and time that helps make the six-day experience what it is, but we could ask questions and infuse LeaderShape philosophy into a one-day experience that could be beneficial and meet a lot of needs.
So we did.
This year, we passed 10,000 participants who attended a Catalyst session since 2005. Many of our Institute partners have held sessions of Catalyst and we are so excited to have been introduced to many other organizations wanting to "start something extraordinary" and get a taste of LeaderShape. We held 51 sessions of Catalyst this year and should hold a little more than that in 2014. We seem to have met an important need while also providing another option for those wanting to be a part of creating a just, caring, thriving world.
One day. One question. One conversation. One possibility. Catalyst.
Here's to valuing the simplicity and power of "one."