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Have you heard of the one degree shift ?
During my sailing career, I have travelled to various ports across the world
Now before you begin a voyage, you need to do voyage planning
You have to plot the “course” – the direction to take from point A to point B
Very similar to finding the route on a Google map
This “course” is expressed as an angle on a 360 degrees scale
For example, to go North, the course is set at 000 degrees
To go East, it is set at 090 degrees
To go South, it is set at 180 degrees and so on
This course is then plotted on a navigation chart and then the ship is navigated along this course
Let’s say you need to go in a North-East direction, which is an initial course of 045 degrees
But instead of 045, you erroneously set it as 046 degrees
Just one degree difference…
You know the impact ?
This one degree course error translates into approx. one nautical mile off-track for every 60 nautical miles travelled
This is also known as 1 in 60 rule
This is based on the mathematical principle of small angle approximation, but we will not get into math now
And the longer you travel off-course, the further away you will be from your intended destination
Infact, if you travel around the globe along the equator, a one degree course difference will set you off target by almost 500 miles !!
That’s the impact of one degree over a period of time
While I am not sailing now, but as a coach, I look for these “one degree” shifts for my clients
A small shift in perspective, a new insight that can create a massive impact in the way they show up for their teams & their business
Sometimes, you don’t need a ton of knowledge or information to move ahead
What you need is a…
A small action..
A new habit..
A new thought, when accumulated over a period of time can make a huge difference
Alan kay, one of the early visionaries of computer science once said “A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points”
What you need is a one degree shift !
Over to you now
Here’s a question for you to reflect upon
What is that one single insight or shift in perspective you have had in recent times, which has made a huge difference in your life ?
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