Sometimes we are so immersed in the workings of our organization that we take for granted things that others may find special or intriguing. For example, shipping an elephant from Africa may be routine for zookeepers, but those at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha recognized that the rest of us may find the process interesting.

The Zoo made a display of the elephant shipping container and turned it into a fun and educational opportunity. In addition to placards telling the story of the process, guests were allowed to climb inside the container and gain a perspective of the vast size of the elephants.

What do you have in your organization that is ordinary to you but could become extraordinary to someone else?

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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