If you’re having a hard time focusing on work this week, here’s an excuse to start celebrating early: The official motion that severed the colonies from England actually occurred on July 2, not the fourth. The proclamation telling of this split, the Declaration of Independence, was approved on the fourth, but by then it was just a formality. The real business had occurred two days earlier.

There are other facts about Independence Day that don’t align with how history is told: most did not sign the Declaration until August as the document was still being revised and the Founding Fathers anticipated that July 2 would be the day of grand celebrations.

Any major change occurs over an extended period of time. There is no “one day” when the change is finished so it is left to the leaders to pick one of many options for when to celebrate and to commemorate. It’s important to pick “a date” and coalesce around it for maximum impact, but if you’d like, you can follow the lead of John Adams and celebrate today instead!

You can read more trivia about the Fourth of July here.

Thanks, Meg!


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

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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