I went to a restaurant that appears to have a Ferris Wheel on its premises. It looks like a Ferris wheel, acts like a Ferris wheel and I’m sure that most everyone believes it is a Ferris wheel – but as I learned upon boarding, it is not a Ferris wheel as permanent Ferris wheels are prohibited within the city limits.

To get around this rule, the owners added a rudimentary plywood table and drink holders in each basket and christened it as a “Vertical Revolving Patio” – and obviously received approval by the zoning board. Genius.

Think of the equivalent of your “Ferris wheel” – a program or change that you are trying to make but is prohibited. You may not need to alter the essence of what you are trying to do, rather just make a slight modification to fit within the restrictive parameters. How can you create your own “vertical revolving patio” so you’re able to achieve great heights with your plans?

This is NOT a Ferris wheel!
This simple modification turned it into a Vertical Revolving Patio!

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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