We’ve all heard the Pledge of Allegiance hundreds of times and often say the words by rote memory. On this Independence Day, take a few minutes to listen to Red Skelton explain the meaning of each word and make the Pledge come to life. I challenge you to listen to his monologue and not be moved by it.

Skelton adds power to something by making the familiar unfamiliar. Instead of just using words that we recite without thinking, he challenges us to pause and consider why the words were chosen. Can you adopt a similar technique for an important message in your organization? Perhaps you can have a founder shed light on the thought behind the mission statement. Elders could each share the meaning behind the organization’s values. The board chair or president could describe what the name of the organization or its slogan was trying to achieve. Instead of just sharing words, aim to share meaning.

Happy Independence Day!

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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