A photo circulated on Facebook showing nurses offering a choice of cigarettes to a patient in a hospital. The picture was taken in the 1950s when smoking was seen as the norm, not as a health hazard. Today, of course, cigarettes are not even allowed on the medical campus, let alone provided to the patients.

There are many other examples of how we act differently as new information becomes available. Car seats are required for children instead of allowing them to scandalously ride in the driver’s lap as I did as a kid. Elevated desks are becoming more mainstream to counteract the effects of too much sitting. Reusable water bottles and bags are commonplace as people aim to reduce plastic consumption. Diets have shifted to include more organic foods and less red meat.

What has changed in your profession or organization that warrants a new way of work from you? It’s one thing to monitor trends, but the real benefit comes in when you change your behavior to respond to the new knowledge that you have gained.



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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