When someone describes a problem, you’ve probably heard them use the expression: “The wheels came off.” Well, in this case, one literally did.

It may look like the owner of the truck was just changing a tire but actually, it was far worse that than. The entire wheel was laying on its side, likely from a broken tie rod or ball joint. The wheel was still attached but it definitely wasn’t functional.

It’s not like the truck died without warning. It had a “For Sale” sign in its window so obviously, the owner knew it was time for a replacement vehicle. He just pushed it a bit too far.

Heed the moral of the story: Don’t force things past their limit. When it’s time for a rest – of your body, your equipment or your relationships – listen to the signs. Don’t drive your “truck” until the wheels come off.

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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