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

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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