Making a difference

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On three separate occasions this week I have been reminded of a story that someone once told me about throwing starfish …. The first occasion was whilst attempting to write a blog on leadership and I was thinking about what keeps me going. The second time was when I was talking to someone at the RCN International Research Conference (which I did a fringe presentation at this week with Calvin Morely) and someone from a large nursing organisation said that they were not getting far with some things they were doing on Twitter as they only ever reached two or three people. And the third time was this morning when the wise and wonderful person who first told me this story tweeted it to me again saying remember this …  so I thought that I would share throwing starfish with you:

One of the lessons that I take from this is that making a difference to one person is important. In nursing making a difference to one individual is what keeps us going and the same applies to me in social media. Another wise and wonderful person said to me recently we get what we measure and if we continue to count numbers then numbers is the thing we will get and the individual value will fall by the wayside.  We cannot count in hundreds and thousands with social media as its the individual that matters. Success is in making a difference to one nurse, success is in a valuable conversation between just two people and success is in the small impact that has on the way they care. Within social media in healthcare we need to find a different measure and that is the individual impact that one small action can make on one person. I will continue to throw starfish and will draw strength to keep going because “I made a difference to that one.”

2 thoughts on “Making a difference

  1. This is an excellent post Tree. And so true. And it reminds me of the other quote” what really counts can’t be counted. #inspirational Thank you

  2. That’s a wonderful quote Sheena thank you .. and I agree, we spend too much time trying to measure the measurable we sometimes forget the human impact.

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