Some establishments have very few visitors, but others like hospitals have many guests who are there for the first time. In addition to signs and wayfinding enhancements to make visitors’ experiences more pleasant, the University of Iowa Hospitals went an extra step to make their parking garage more user-friendly. Guests can take a flyer that is color-coded to match the garage level and the elevator button so drivers can more easily find their vehicle upon return.

Think of how you can model this strategy in your organization. Is there a procedure or service that you could make a little less complex just through the addition of better signage or color? Can you do something to alleviate the stress or feelings of being lost for those in your building for the first time? Helping others help themselves is a great way to serve.

Thanks, Amy!

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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