I was amused by this sign from Georges Island Boston where, in addition to providing the menu, it shares the warning: “Watch your food. No refund given for food eaten by seagulls.”

I think that is an apt metaphor for when you are back in the office tomorrow. Bad things are going to happen, but it’s up to you to be alert for issues and to take steps to prevent them. No refunds for projects that are delayed by others, mishaps over which you had no control, unfair policies that you must live by or any other negative impacts that swoop in and eat your lunch. You need to watch your own “food”.

While summer officially lasts for a few more weeks, for many today is its last hurrah. I hope that you are enjoying the holiday and partaking in some relaxation instead of labor — unless of course the work involves fending off the gulls at the shore.

Happy Labor Day!

Thanks, Meg!

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

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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