My brother-in-law once told my sister that she could have anything she wanted.  Anything, just not everything.  It was a profound statement.
It rang in my head yesterday as I was participating in the cabinet retreat for our university.  As we looked ahead to the opportunities and challenges of the coming year – and future strategic plan goals – it was reinforced that we have more dreams than resources; more additions than discontinuations.  It is difficult to balance genuine operational needs with strategic initiatives; to juggle enhancements while maintaining price controls and to attend to today while paving the way to create tomorrow.
In a situation where there are more needs than dollars – and who isn’t there – it is essential to prioritize and focus on the any-one-thing that will be a difference maker instead of ineffectively trying to do everything.  Say no to something to give yourself a chance at making an impact at anything.

— 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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