I frequently receive calls from colleagues wanting advice on how to handle a crisis, prepare for an interview, address a sticky staff problem, etc. I am happy to counsel them and share any words of wisdom I have accumulated over the years…

…and, it would be nice to know the end of the story. I get the calls in distress and I hear about the urgent situation, but never the resolution. Did you get the job? Did you have to fire the staff member? How did your boss react when she learned of your mistake?

Yes, there is a part of me that is curious, but I also see it as a learning opportunity that can improve my advice in the future. What portion of what I told you did you use? What worked? What backfired?

Time is precious, so if you ask someone to share theirs with you, help them benefit as well.

 

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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