The wake of a speeding boat at sundown.

The wake of a speeding boat at sundown.

Motivational Sunday

In nautical terms, a wake is a visible track left by a boat, a plane or a person as they move through water. A wake churns up the water and affects anything that it comes into contact with. The track that the wake leaves, represents a transitory mark that something has occurred. A wake calls attention to both the passing and the action that caused the wake. That attention can generate conversation and interest. Are you leaving a mark on the world or is your goal to pass through leaving no wake?

The goal of taking any action as a change agent is to alter the environment in a useful way. Altering the environment will leave a mark or a wake. The larger the wake you leave the larger the amount of attention the change will generate. The speed of the change will affect the size of the wake. When considering the change management component of any change, we can impact the size and the shape of the wake we cause based on how we make the change. Regardless of size of the wake without creating a mark we fail to deliver change.

Why be involved in any activity if it’s not important enough to leave a mark even if the mark is as transitory of the wake of a canoe? Quoting Seth Godin, marketing guru, “if it’s not worth doing, don’t do it[1].” As you contemplate the new week, think about the mark you can make on the world around you. Commit to delivering changes that leave a mark regardless of the speed you travel.