Tonight, at precisely 11:59pm Eastern Time, the famous New Year’s Eve ball will drop from One Times Square with millions watching. It will be the 91st time for the ceremony and serves as a revered bridge between the old and new year.

The ball contains 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles and 32,256 LED lights to create its magic. The crystals come in varying shapes, including this year’s addition of a pineapple shape to represent the Gift of Goodwill. Other crystals represent the Gift of Harmony, Gift of Serenity, Gift of Kindness, Gift of Fortitude and Gift of Imagination. You can learn more in a fascinating fact sheet here.

 Just as the ball remains on display all year, goodwill, harmony, serenity, kindness, fortitude and imagination should represent more than crystals on the New Year’s Eve ball. Make them your mantra to live by in the coming decade.

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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