I grew up watching the Pyramid game show on TV (first the $10,000 Pyramid, then $25,000, now $100,000) mostly to watch the final round when people have to list items to get their partner to guess what they have in common. (For example: an old person’s face, a Shar Pei dog, and a shirt that needs ironing = things that are wrinkled).

The same premise applies for the board game of Tri-bond where players need to find the common link between three items (Q. what do a door, wallpaper and an indecisive jury have in common?  A. they all are hung).

Sometimes the commonality is really weak and the answer elicits more of a groan than a burst of dopamine but I’m sure that my years of playing these games strengthened my “be the string” muscle that allows me to see connections between disparate items.

How can you use play to enhance one of your skills? Brain teasers help you to see outside of the box. Different board games strengthen your strategy-making skills. Other activities improve math skills while still other games develop memory techniques. This weekend, try to incorporate some play that does more than just entertain you.

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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