I recently had a tour of newly developed space that was being utilized for commercial and non-profit use.  Someone asked if a particular company was going to open a facility in this district.  “Their board wants to have a thumbprint, not a footprint” was the answer.

What a great way to consider the options.  You don’t need to think of moves or major projects in terms of an all-or-nothing proposition.  You can have a branch office, an express version of your service, or a kiosk-like storefront.  

Testing the waters is a prudent strategy and one that may preserve options for you down the road.  Think of making just a thumbprint next time you are asked for your time or resources in support of a new venture.  It’s a way to signal that you give the project a “thumbs up” without over committing on the unknown.

— 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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