There are rules, and then there are ways to get around the rules. In Missouri, all casinos must float on the Mississippi or Missouri rivers. The original regulation envisioned “riverboat gambling” but did not require the boat to be operational. This led to floating casinos – either on boats or barges — that are literally on water but are anchored to the riverbank and essentially function as permanent land structures.

But Lumiere Place Casino pushed the letter of the law to the limit. This gaming facility is located 1,000 feet inland and was built on a foundation that floats in a man-made moat. Water is pumped in from the Mississippi River, satisfying the requirement to be located on the river, but the “river” is purified river water in a surrounding basin. The net effect is that the casino is a stable structure, several blocks away from the water, but technically legal.

I’m not advocating that you always test the boundaries to this degree, but it is more likely that you give in too easily. The next time you are thwarted by a rule or regulation, think about Lumiere Place. If they could build a floating barge on a moat and make it happen, maybe there is a way for you to avert your barrier as well.

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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