I wrote yesterday about the specificity involved on construction sites.  Apparently the forethought and planning doesn’t always continue after the building is built.

I recently saw this strip of grass that continued for several blocks:

There was a full complement of grass on the other side of the sidewalk, but only this 6″ band between the sidewalk and the street.

I wonder whether someone thought this was a good idea, or, more likely, just blindly followed the code to make the sidewalks X” wide.  They could have benefited from one of those weekly construction meetings!

If you are faced with carrying out instructions that may sound good on paper, but have some issues when they intersect with reality, I hope you care enough to question them.  

The grass may be greener on the other side of the sidewalk, but only if there is enough of it to matter.

— beth triplett

Thanks to bg for pointing this out to me!

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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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