I wrote yesterday about my “smile file” and the importance of keeping mementos that you receive.  Today I urge you to remember the impact you are having that never becomes tangible enough to make it to paper.  Don’t forget all the thank yous that are due you from people you have never met.

Many people work in fields that make difference in the lives of people you don’t see, or that make a difference many years down the road.  The social worker may not know the happiness of the children of the child they place in a loving home.  Those in education may not ever hear the thank you from the student they taught.  A builder may not ever realize the joy that the home he built brought to the next generation.  A banker may not know the impact of a loan.  The admissions counselor may not know the career success of the students they recruit.

We do our jobs in a way that impacts lives that we will never know.   Warren Buffet wrote: “someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

Be that someone who plants trees — creating shade for those to come far down the road — whether you ever meet them or not.

— 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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