I am a big fan of the Solitaire game that is on my phone.  I can complete a round in under three minutes, and it has provided numerous moments of mindless fun while waiting in line or for appointments.  Somehow I get lost in it and the time seems to go by much faster.

I have noticed that often there are times when I feel completely stuck, then I discover one more move, and it triggers a whole series of additional moves.  Frequently, it makes the difference between winning a round and losing it.

I wonder if there are moments like that at work when I am ready to give up, but if I looked a little harder I could find that next step which leads to a solution.  

As Kenny Rogers said: “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.”  You also have to know when to avoid the temptation to fold ’em too fast and re-deal.  Take a second look at your problem and see if you can’t find the one more move you can make.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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