How to Create an Influential Ripple Effect

Given the challenging times we are facing, I felt it was appropriate to bring a blog out of the archives. I think one thing we can agree on right now is how we are living our day to day lives both personally and professionally do not look the way they once did. People have differing and very strong opinions surrounding the changes we have all experienced. With these differences of opinion often comes negativity. Now more than ever it is important to remember that one simple action or reaction creates a ripple effect so far reaching than one could anticipate. Positive or negative our actions will impact people far removed from the immediate situation. What ripple effect will you create today?  

Original blog written by Becca Usher on October 10, 2017:

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed with a situation, whether it is in your personal or professional life, you simply do not see how your actions will make a difference? Your actions – big or small, positive or negative – have an impact greater than you may imagine.

Do you remember as a child, or maybe you still do it today, throwing a stone in the water and watching the ripple it made? That one tiny stone creates something so much larger than itself. It reaches so much further than its initial point of contact. The same concept holds true in our daily actions. If we approach a situation in a positive manner, we will create a ripple effect that spreads far and wide. Similarly, our negative actions create the same ripple effect – impacting people far removed from the immediate situation. Which ripple effect do you want to create?

Creating Your Ripple Effect

1. Be Intentional.
Recognize that the smallest of actions creates a ripple. Approach your daily interactions, both professional and personal, knowing that your actions affect the reactions of others. Treat others as you expect them to treat you.

2. Attitude is Everything.
Imagine you are sitting at your desk working on a time-sensitive matter and an employee or co-worker approaches you with a question. How do you respond?
(a) Act exasperated that they would bother you when you have so much going on.
(b) Kindly but firmly ask if it is an urgent matter. If it is not urgent, tell them you will gladly assist them when you are finished.
(c) Drop what you are doing and help them.

The way you react will impact that individual’s actions to the next person and the next person and so on.

3. Realize Your Impact.
Going back to the overwhelming situation I mentioned in the beginning, you alone may not be able to solve it. However, your positive actions ripple to those around you, creating the synergy needed to tackle the obstacle. Approach your interactions with others no matter how minute they may seem realizing your impact. A simple smile or saying hi to a stranger or encouraging words to a co-worker can make a difference.

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far reaching effects.”
– Dalai Lama

What will your ripple effect be?

Becca Usher, Aureus Group

Becca Usher
Becca joined Aureus Group Healthcare Leadership in September 2013 and has more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry.  With experience on the provider, payer, and insurance broker sides of healthcare, she possesses the operational, clinical, and regulatory knowledge necessary to adequately assess and screen candidates.  As a recruiter, Becca focuses on healthcare administration searches across the United States with a priority focus in the Midwest.  Becca graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC with a bachelor’s degree in exercise sport science.  She also earned a Master of Healthcare Administration as well as an MBA from the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD. 

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