It has been said that the “devil is in the details” and if that’s the case, the devil lives in the Uniform Code proposal process! As a continuation of my exploration of emojis, I came across the proposal form for individuals to suggest new emojis for inclusion in the standard code. Let me tell you, it’s no small task. The process is multi-layered, thorough and about as detailed as I have seen. It’s a wonder that any new emoji are actually added, let alone the 117 this year.

I doubt you plan to submit an emoji for consideration, but take a peek at the proposal to use as a gauge for the level of detail that you desire. Often a source of misunderstanding between supervisors and employees revolves around how many layers of detail to include; the emoji form can serve as a benchmark: provide this level of detail or steer far clear of this much minutiae.

The whole purpose of the Unicode Consortium is to standardize the code that makes intra-platform communication possible so you can’t blame them for their precision. You certainly don’t need to emulate it for every project but it’s nice to have an example on hand if you need to invite the devil to drop in.

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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