The movie Adrift recounts the tale of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp’s journey sailing across the Pacific from Tahiti en route to San Diego. When the pair encounters Hurricane Raymond and the boat suffers serious damage, they find themselves in the middle of the ocean without communication or full sails.

At this point, Tami makes the decision to aim for Hawaii instead of San Diego. The islands are an additional 600 miles away, but the wind and currents are pulling in this direction and she believes it will aid in her travels. She alters the boat’s course and was rescued after 41 days with Hawaii in sight.

In your organization, I wonder how many decisions are made without taking the winds or current into account. People continue to forge on, doing what is in the plan or what seems like the shortest path without ever considering that a change in direction may be the best option in the end. The best route isn’t always the most obvious one.

Don’t wait for a hurricane to reassess your path.

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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