When I went to bed Thursday night it was 80 degrees. Just 24 hours later it was 49 degrees when I turned off the lights. Over the course of a day, it went from an extended summer to unquestionably fall.

It was hard for me to comprehend the dramatic change in seasons but it really shouldn’t be. As my sister has said: “If the country has taught us anything this year, it is that everything can change and change quickly.”

I think about the tenuous nature of people’s reputations and all those who have gone from hero to disgrace with the revelation of new facts. I think about single incidents that have defined people or companies and their brand equity has fallen overnight like the temperature.

Building is a slow process but falling happens fast.

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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