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The Power of One



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August 25, 2010 10:02 am

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The enormity of the challenge can often overcome even the best intentions.  There can be little doubt that our economy has entered a “new normal”.   Yesterday’s actions don’t yield the same results.  Things take longer than they used to.  Competition is as fierce as ever.  The pace of change is accelerating.

These are but a few of the observations and realities that face many of us in our work and personal lives.  It’s no different at Novell.

We’ve decided to embrace these challenges and Lau Tzu’s ancient words that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.  In particular we recently launched a company wide initiative called “The Power of One”.

In short, the Power of One represents the potential of one step, when combined with others, to make an enormous difference.  We’ve asked each and every Novell employee to consider how their individual actions, no matter how small, can be better aligned to serving our customers and partners.  We’ve also given them a forum (via our innerweb) to publicly declare their power of one goal while being encouraged and informed by their peers.  It’s certainly not the case that our employees needed permission to act in this way.   But by formally declaring our “Power of One” campaign, we are uniting the interests of all Novell employees to speak and act with one voice, one purpose and one mission.  Indeed reminding all that the best way to climb the mountain is one step at a time.

The Power of One is an important reminder to all that in most things “Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned”.

What’s your next step?

John

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