At a staff meeting last week, we spent some time brainstorming how to promote the new lacrosse program that we are adding to our athletics offerings.  I had given this assignment in advance, since I suspected that people knew very little about the sport and would just stare at me in the meeting if I did not give proper warning.

And do their homework they did.  We had people share links of videos of how the game is played; they had terminology dictionaries so we could “talk lacrosse”, and they researched on line (of course!) I talked to a colleague who coaches club lacrosse; others referred to their high school where it was played; others investigated the local club sport and still others related lessons we learned when we added bowling as a collegiate sport that could apply to promoting lacrosse.

We came up with a pretty decent list to get us started, and, as it is with most cases, once our minds got focused on the topic, other things keep popping up that we can add to it.

Don’t shy away from working on projects or topics about which you have absolutely no idea how to contribute.  Often the best perspective is one that comes from the outside and can add new connections to the mix.

— 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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