I dumped my dogs’ basket of bones and balls onto the floor so I could wash the container. You would have thought that I gifted them with an entirely new selection of treats. Suddenly the same old bones acquired new allure and I think they played with every one of the items that they had ignored for months.

Does the same principle apply to you in other situations? Clothes that are emptied from the closet and actually seen may stimulate new wardrobe options without additional purchases. A metaphorical “dumping of the basket” to put all your publications and advertisements in one place may reveal themes you did not see in isolation. A new look at all the items in your refrigerator or pantry may trigger refreshed menu options.

Maybe it’s time to turn things over and see if there is something great hiding in plain sight.

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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