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.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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