I just read that the company that makes Etch A Sketches sold their rights to the toy to a Canadian company. It brought back a flood of nostalgia about the many hours I spent turning those knobs, trying to make that aluminum powder into some recognizable shape.

I have always liked the Etch A Sketch; maybe because it is one of the simplest ways in life to get a do-over. There was no risk in trying something since you knew it could be undone in one shake.

I have used the toy as gifts at the end of a retreat about change and at the start of a departmental reorganization. In one visual, it encapsulates so much about trying and starting anew.

How can you adopt the Etch A Sketch mentality and make a fresh start on something today? Maybe, in honor of Valentine’s Day, you can clean the slate on a relationship, or perhaps a new venture awaits in your professional life. Either way, don’t be afraid to shake it up and embrace another beginning.

— beth triplett

Source:  Ohio company sells classic Etch A Sketch, The Associated Press in the Telegraph Herald, 2-13-16

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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