Sometimes your most significant accomplishment of the day is when something doesn’t happen.

Think of all the energy that goes into preventing a crisis or proactively problem solving: correcting false information so that misinformation doesn’t become an issue, double checking processes to prevent an error, maintaining equipment so it won’t break down, or even driving defensively to avert an accident.

It is easy to take satisfaction in the tangible outcomes of what we do, but it’s also important to celebrate the work that no one sees. Some of your biggest wins may come from extinguishing that spark so it never bursts into flames.

Thanks, Mike!

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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