Ever heard of Frank Wills?  Probably not.  But Frank’s diligence in doing his job 40 years ago started a chain of events that influenced our nation.
Frank was a security guard at the Watergate office building and was the one who saw a taped latch during the break-in at the Democratic Headquarters.  He is the one who called the police, which summoned a reporter, which lead to…well, you know the rest.
What if Frank hadn’t been conscientious?  What if he hadn’t noticed the tape, or decided in his mind that it was a little thing that didn’t matter? 
I am more and more convinced that there are no big things.  Everything is a collection of little dots that are strung together to have consequences.  Pay attention to the dots; they matter.

— beth triplett


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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