Author Clint Smith recently shared the following Tweet: “I went to the post office today & had this moment where I was like wow man the post office is conceptually amazing. You put something in an envelope, lick a sticker, hand it to someone, and they literally bring it anywhere in the world. That’s wild! Shout out to the post office.”

 I feel that way every time I fly on an airplane. Some days I can barely lift my own suitcase, yet you can take that weight x 200 and add in 200 passengers and still land it in a precise location with a great overall safety record – and do it thousands of times each day.

I have always been amazed by electricity and now I marvel at by wi-fi. Who would have believed that I could be on a boat ride in the middle of a river, read an email and then send my reply – all within seconds? Or that you literally touch a piece of glass in order to do so on your smartphone?

Technology is moving at a rapid pace – in a few years self-driving cars or Mars landings may become common – but already remarkable surrounds us. Take a moment today to appreciate some of the wonders that you normally take for granted.

*Tweet by @ClintSmithIII, 7/13/18

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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