There is a subtle feature to Yankee Stadium that I would have never noticed had I not gone on the official tour: the ballpark was intentionally constructed to leave a gap that allows the subway cars to be visible.

Spectators don’t consciously think about the presence of the quintessentially New York method of transportation, but the franchise felt it was important for the subway to be incorporated into the plans.

It serves as a good metaphor for culture. Those creating it do so intentionally, but those living it may not explicitly notice its presence. Nevertheless, its existence makes an impression and contributes to the overall environment and character of the place.

Think of what is the equivalent of your “subway gap”. Is there an element of your culture that should be intentionally incorporated into your space? Does what makes you “you” physically show up in your organization? The details become the differentiator.

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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