It is becoming an expectation that everywhere we go we’ll be able to access power and the internet. More and more places are offering wi-fi and power outlets have been installed in planes, waiting rooms and most public spaces.

But how to get power outdoors? Illinois State University utilized a clever solution that incorporates solar panels on patio tables to provide power to those using the seating. The sun can deliver power where the students want it while avoiding costly wiring and permanent fixtures.

The next time you’re faced with a dilemma there’s probably more than the usual way to address it. Maybe you can shed some (sun)light on the issue and find a novel solution to meet your needs.


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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