Thanks to my friend Tracy, my car has a decal that makes it appear as if an actual golden retriever is riding in my back seat. It’s so realistic that dogs bark at it and many people have pointed to it while driving next to me. I’ve also had literally dozens of others seek me out to ask where to buy one, including several who waited for me to come out of a store so they could get the information.

When asked, it would be easy to demur and say that a friend gave it to me or I didn’t know, lest the proliferation of these decals lose the uniqueness and become the next “Baby on Board” phenomenon. But why rob someone of the joy?

People who hold back recipes, don’t share books, or won’t generously give information on where they bought something are just robbing themselves of the pleasure of giving.

If someone admires something of yours, freely help them bring that joy into their own lives.

[the decal, which comes in several animals and famous personalities, is called a Joy Rider Window Cling – available at Amazon, of course]

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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