If only life operated like a bird feeder – where all you have to do is put goodness out there and others will flock to it.

I filled the container with seed and within minutes several birds were enjoying their bounty. No advertising, no social media, no signs – I provided, and they came.

But in most matters, just putting something out there is not enough. I can write daily leadership dots, but if I don’t encourage subscribers no one will read them. Companies can have a great product, but without effective marketing, it will not sell. People can have important new ideas, but they require more than an announcement to champion them into reality.

Don’t get seduced into thinking that success will come as easily as the birds do. It requires much more on your part to feed creativity than it does to attract the sparrows.

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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