A recent news article shared the story of a high school cross country team that takes dogs from the animal shelter along on their morning runs. A member of the shelter’s staff saw the team running by the facility each day and realized there could be a mutually beneficial connection. The shelter could have volunteers able to really exercise their dogs and the cross country team could add a new purpose to their otherwise routine practices. I love this idea!

Think about how you can adapt the same principle to fulfill your needs – who already does what you are seeking? Maybe mall walkers could push baby strollers and provide parents with an hour-long respite; frequent fliers could serve as document couriers or an aspiring pianist who needs an audience could pair with a nursing home which needs entertainment.

People are out there every day with the capacity to serve multiple purposes with what they are doing already.

In what non-traditional ways can you capitalize on this?




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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