Everyday Leadership

Achieving Together believes in empowering community and individuals. We believe that lasting change happens at the local level among people who are working together, without a partisan frame, to create a healthy community.

You don’t have to be the CEO or boss to make a difference. Each of us, no matter our title or role, has the power to make a big impact.

In this 6-minute TED talk, Drew Dudley shares a personal story about a “lollipop moment,” a moment where his small action had a significant impact on someone’s life. He concludes with a powerful call to action to transform leadership from something that is someone else’s responsibility to something that every person can embody, every day.

My call to action today is that we need to get over our fear of how extraordinarily powerful we can be in each other’s lives. We need to get over it so we can move beyond it, and our little brothers and sisters and one day our kids — or our kids right now — can watch and start to value the impact we can have on each other’s lives, more than money and power and titles and influence. We need to redefine leadership as being about lollipop moments — how many of them we create, how many we acknowledge, how many of them we pay forward and how many we say thank you for. Because we’ve made leadership about changing the world, and there is no world. There’s only six billion understandings of it. And if you change one person’s understanding of it, understanding of what they’re capable of, understanding of how much people care about them, understanding of how powerful an agent for change they can be in this world, you’ve changed the whole thing.

-Drew Dudley

The Achieving Together movement is guided by the idea that small actions can have a big impact when focused on a clear vision and goals. Just like many small drops of water form together into a stream, grow into a river, and eventually flow into the ocean, each person who contributes to this movement is essential to creating a sea of change.

Who are the people who have had a big impact on your life?

How can you create “lollipop moments” for the people in your community?

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