I laughed out loud when I read that the item I was looking at was a “genuine bracelet”. It was accompanied by necklaces that were a mixture of “genuine and glass.”

Genuine what?

Life moves so quickly that we don’t always pause for even a moment to consider the claims we are reading. Politicians, advertisers, realtors — and apparently jewelry manufacturers — are counting on you to just skim their words.

Instead, ask what “genuine” jewelry is actually made of. Question whether “40% more” is a good deal or just a larger size. Remain skeptical when candidates promise not just the moon but Mars.

You’ll be wise to give messages your “genuine” attention before acting on them.

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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