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

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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