If you are in charge of security at a place like LaGuardia airport, it would be difficult to have enough cameras to cover all areas of the facility. Those in New York have addressed this issue through the implementation of a mobile camera – a robot that roams throughout the baggage claim areas and concourses presumably documenting all that it sees. Think of it as a NannyCam for the airport; it can watch what goes on even when the owner is not there.

This was the first robotic camera that I have encountered but I imagine that they will become more popular at large venues and events. It would be especially effective as a security member in temporary situations: festivals, parades, concerts, etc. The cost of fixed cameras may be prohibitive, but the robot could do the trick.

Everything in your organization does not need to be permanent. How can you adapt the principles of the security robot to infuse some technology or temporary support to meet your needs? Instead of Big Brother watching you, your eyes could come from the robotic Little Brother instead.

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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