A sign on a semi-truck trying to recruit drivers boasted: “No East Coast Driving.” Think about that. The number one perk the company boasts about does not involve money at all — rather it outlines a distinction that matters to their clientele.

Too often we think that money is the key driver (ha ha) of what recruits and motivates an employee. It isn’t. Reassess what you have to offer through the lens of non-financial benefits. You may find that what is important to others already exists in your organization.

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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