I have needle phobia – can’t look at them in person or even watch someone receive a shot on film…

yet over the weekend, I donated my 100th pint of blood.

I think this is an analogy of how powerful a compelling purpose can be for an individual or an organization. I am aware there is a great need for blood, and I believe in the life-saving treatment that donations provide. So, I sit strategically facing away from other donors, bring a book to divert my attention away from my own arm and in general avoid even thinking about what I am doing – and have kept doing it every eight weeks for almost two decades.

If people buy into the aspiration, they can overcome all kinds of barriers to achieve it. Focus on the inspiration and the logistics will often take care of themselves.

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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