As I took my walk on a sunshiny summer morning earlier this week at Wascana Lake here in Regina, Saskatchewan, I came across a few historical plaques and paused to read them. I had walked/jogged past this spot hundreds of times, but today was different as the messages there stopped me in my tracks....
“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die but long after we are gone will be a living thing"
— Daniel Burnham 1846-1912, Architect, Chicago Illinois
It went onto say that “this cautionary comment of the 19th century American architect Daniel Burnham has been the motto of those involved with the planning of the parks and lakes around Wascana Lake...Today Wascana Centre stands as one of the largest urban parks in North America. Fortunately, the development of the Centre’s 930 hectares of land and water has not occurred haphazardly. They have been guided and shaped by the visions of 5 individuals who had the foresight to make 'big plans'."
It was just perfect timing to discover these messages in my neighbourhood park of downtown Regina on the eve of me launching my life’s work at this time. What's even better, is that at this time in North America we have two national celebrations taking place that coincide with other people who had big plans! July 1st, being the celebration of the birth of Canada as a separate country, and July 4th, the birth of American independence. There's no doubt in my mind that John A. MacDonald as well as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin had “big plans”. And I am in much gratitude for the freedom (and in many ways luxuries) we enjoy in our great countries.
I am so very humbled to have the opportunity to be taking this step out at this time. Sometimes, I ask myself "Who am I to take this step?" and a voice inside me reassures me that all is well.
So in this spirit of great new beginnings, I share with you my Declaration for the vision that I have and if you are reading this, I suspect you may resonate with it too….
I believe it is time to change the game of how Business is played to one where success is based upon the impact the organization has on people and the planet instead of just profits. I believe companies that don’t make this change will be at a competitive disadvantage within 5 years.
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Interested in listening to an audio on this topic where Donna delves into this a bit more? Then click here to listen to her podcast episode.