In September, we had four times the normal rainfall. By October 2nd, we had already surpassed the monthly average by an inch. I feel like I am living in the stereotype of rainy Seattle, but unlike the Northwesterners, I am not prepared for this waterlogged climate.

Because of misplaced optimism, I am currently suffering through another muddy season as I did in the spring but I am ready to throw in the mud-covered towel and admit this is how the climate is changing for good. Just as I make winter tolerable by having the right tires, snow equipment and clothes I’m feeling that I now need to rethink my expectations and preparation for spring and fall.

It seems that 13 inches/month instead of the usual 3” is the new normal so it’s time to do things differently: bury the sump pump drain instead of having it dump into the middle of my yard, buy cute rubber boots and a real rain slicker, and have my next dog be mud brown instead of English Cream.

We have two choices when conditions change: accept them or fight them. You can remain miserable and lament that things are not how they are “supposed” to be or you can adapt your behavior to improve your situation. Don’t be a victim and just stand by while circumstances rain on your parade.

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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