CHAPTER 3I Am Only One Person

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,committed citizens can change the world. Indeed,it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead, noted anthropologist

It seemed to me that stepping up to initiate change should be a very natural thing for each of us to do. So as I began to research and explore the concept of stepping up, I naturally began to ask myself, Why don’t we often claim our power to change things? What keeps us on the sidelines rather than stepping up to create change?

My publisher, Berrett-Koehler, conducted an online survey to try to understand why we don’t step up. We asked a simple question: Why don’t you step up? The responses from 325 people across the United States and Canada, most of ...

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