Today there will be a whole crop of “fools” playing pranks throughout organizations but sadly April 1st is not the only day that illusions run rampant in the enterprise.

Like the miners seduced by fool’s gold or pyrite, some organizational leaders seem to be seduced by their own version of fool’s gold – that shiny new thing that appears to have value but in reality, does not. Fool’s gold in organizations can occur when a candidate with fancy credentials is hired even though the cultural fit is off. Fool’s gold occurs when leadership is seduced by the spiffy new technology tool even though it is the process that needs changing not the software it runs on. Fool’s gold also shows up when the organization engages with consultants promising to solve all the organization’s problems – even though the recommendations are put on a shelf instead of enacted.

It’s tempting to favor the easy, new or shiny fix for a problem, especially when it resembles a golden solution. You’ll be better off if you embrace the foolhardiness of April 1st but mine deeper to do the tough work the rest of the year.

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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