If you need any proof of the power of social media not only to share information but to inspire action, look no further than your neighborhood. Chances are good that you’ll encounter many homes displaying cut-out hearts – part of a movement appropriately called Hearts in the Windows – aiming to show love to health care workers and others on the front lines of the COVID response. Or maybe you’ll see homes with teddy bears, placed there for children to find on contactless scavenger hunt walks.

Both are symbols from growing Facebook groups to show connectedness and love in these times of isolation. On my block, there are hearts in the windows, on the sidewalks and even in yards. Lots of love being spread around!!

I remember that after 9-11 most homes displayed a flag or visible symbol of their patriotism and solidarity. Now would be a good time to display your own symbol of connection during this new national crisis.

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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