When I think of a police auction, I think of old Ford Crown Victoria cruisers and maybe some used office equipment, but not earrings, pans, tools and Christmas decorations. My assumptions were proven wrong at a recent auction I attended that had artifacts from throughout the house: coolers, frames, fishing gear and flashlights among dozens of other items.

I wondered what the back story was that caused someone’s possessions to anonymously end up at a public auction, and I wondered who determined what was valuable enough to seek a second life. There were many things in “unknown condition” as the auctioneer pointed out and several items that I thought more worthy of the trash can than a bid. But most of the items sold to someone, even if only for two bits.

In this area of Marie Kondo and tidying up, think twice before you relegate unwanted possessions to the landfill. Leverage the many free social media sites to find a new home for your castaways. If this auction is any indication, there is a market for everything if the price is right.

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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