“When we are closed to ideas, what we hear is criticism. When we are open to ideas, what we get is advice.” – Simon Sinek

For many families, Thanksgiving is a weekend of togetherness with people they may not often see. It can bring up emotional baggage and preconceived notions about who is the “cool aunt” and who is the “crazy uncle” or other designations.

If you find yourself in a conversation with someone, try to set aside the labels and be open to Sinek’s advice. You may find yourself grateful to learn something new about the world or yourself.

 

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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