Think of the people you know simply because of your routines:

> the same nurse or donor because you give blood on an eight week rotation

> the person at the salon who has their appointment in the same interval as you do

> a fellow commuter on “your” train to work every day

> the customer at Starbucks who grabs their morning latte the same time as you do

> a mom who always picks up their child from day care as you are retrieving your children

Even if you don’t know their name or story, you often give a nod of familiar recognition.  These people are not strangers to you, and their mere presence adds to your connectedness to the community.

There are two ways to think about this: you could broaden your circle simply by mixing up your routines or you could deepen your relationships by getting to know those with whom you coincidentally interact on a recurring basis.

If you find yourself in the same elevator with someone most every day, strike up a conversation and see if you both don’t feel better greeting each other by name.

— 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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