In last week’s Grey’s Anatomy, a mom was in jail because the police discovered she left her 8-year old sleeping at home alone. I’m sure the child was just fine…

…until something like a fire happened and he wasn’t.

Scenarios occur like this all of the time. You’re fine driving in winter without a coat – until your car breaks down and you must face the elements. You experience no visible consequences from eating that extra donut – until your cholesterol clogs an artery. You put off backing up your computer because it is working well – until it crashes. You don’t get in an accident texting while driving – until someone stops suddenly in front of you.

We base our behaviors on what happens in circumstances that are “fine” and too often fail to take precautions for when they aren’t. Before you coast along with optimistic bliss, pause to consider what if it wasn’t going according to plan – would you take the same actions now?

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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