Over the weekend, I watched the movie Draft Day again. I think I was in the mood to do so after the harried week of last minute registrations, financial aid negotiations, scavenger hunts for transcripts and the general frenzy of The-Week-Before-Classes-Begin.  It reminded me of the frenetic nature of the actual Draft Day where no one knows how things will end up until the day has ended.

In one scene, Cleveland GM Sonny Weaver (played by Kevin Costner) is talking to his scouts about a potential top pick. They claim to have vetted the player well and found no faults.  “Everyone has a ‘something’,” said Sonny.  “We need to find out what that ‘something’ is and determine if it matters.”

The same is true anytime you are making a choice, whether it be hiring a candidate, selecting someone for a committee assignment, voting for a politician, admitting a student or choosing a quarterback in the NFL draft.  Everyone has ‘something’.

Your role is to determine what is a deal breaker for you and hold to it.  Only you know where you can compromise and where you must hold firm.  

It also pays to be aware of your own personal ‘something.’  What is a liability for you?  Can you overcome it, compensate for it or avoid needing it on a regular basis?

Even the great ones come with quirks and flaws.  What makes them great is that they are aware of their ‘something’ and turn it into an advantage.  You can do the same.

— 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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