Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Word of the Week - Catalyst

cat·a·lyst (ktl-st)

1. Chemistry - A substance, usually used in small amounts relative to the reactants, that modifies and increases the rate of a reaction without being consumed in the process.

2. One that precipitates a process or event, especially without being involved in or changed by the consequences.
If being a catalyst were a requirement in your job description would you meet the grade required?

Remember - catalysts make chemical reactions move faster. Catalysts aren't the reaction.  Based on that understanding here are a few thoughts on how you can become a catalyst in your place of work -
  1. Stay fresh.  Catalysts are used over and over again.  Make sure you are fit (physically) and look after your health.
  2. Question everything.  Create new methods and practices for doing things better!
  3. Be open to new ideas.
  4. Search out new ideas, options and practices for current procedures that will create new levels of performance (mental fitness).
The secret to being a catalyst is to speed up reactions in others and to help processes move along faster than what they normally would!

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