While I was in Times Square, I couldn’t help but notice a large group of high school students from Brazil. I have been a chaperone for trips involving college students and was paralyzed thinking through the liability and logistics of being responsible for a few hundred teenagers in New York!

I talked to some of the participants and learned that they were in New York City for five days then five more days in Orlando. It struck me as to what a distorted picture of our country that they were receiving: America the Beautiful isn’t exactly reflected in Disney World and Times Square.

I am sure the trip organizers did the delicate dance of deciding between what the students wanted to see and what they should see; what is sexy vs. what is educational or what is a man-made iconic venue vs what is a natural wonder.

Think through the exercise of where you would take 200 Brazilian teenagers for ten days of experiencing America. Tough task, isn’t it? Yet as a supervisor, you partake in a similar slicing when you share an overview of your organization in a new employee’s onboarding. There is only so much you can help them experience in a snapshot; the rest has to come over time. Even if you can’t visit the Grand Canyon or the Rocky Mountains, make sure they know they exist.

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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