Think of the telltale signs you leave for strangers that give them clues about who you are.

The maid in your hotel room knows your gender, likely if you are traveling for business or pleasure, whether you are neat or sloppy and what you like to read.  You could create quite a profile from such information.

The person who looks into your car can tell from your car seats how many young children you have, whether you are tidy or a pack rat, or maybe even your political affiliation and alma mater from the stickers on your back window.

Someone who sees you in a restaurant can learn about you by how you order (do you take a long time to decide or ask for substitutions), what you order (are you health conscious or not so much) and how you leave your space when you depart (plates stacked or strewn).

All around you, people are seeing the clues you leave and forming impressions of you, even if you never meet face to face.  Don’t think you are ever invisible!

— 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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