I made a purchase in a small independent gift store and asked for a gift receipt. The owner, who was also running the register and appeared to be the only employee, said: “Oh, we aren’t able to offer them – yet.”

What a hopeful word: “yet.” It acknowledges that she knows her current limitations, but has plans to overcome them.

I used to tell my staff that everything was better than it was and not as good as it could be. Yet.

Think about how you can convey a sense of possibility with your vocabulary this year.

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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