I’m not a vexillologist by any stretch, but on the occasion of Flag Day, I became curious about some of the history and etiquette surrounding our nation’s symbol. There are many rules about the folding, displaying and disposing of a flag – all to show proper reverence for something that is considered the most sacred symbol of the country. You can read some of the rules and some trivia here.

For 243 years, the stars and stripes have been the official flag of the United States of America. The origin of the flag is lost to history – no one is quite sure of the specifics – but George Washington is to have said that the stars were added to “represent a new constellation in the heavens” as a nod to succession and independence.

On this Flag Day, take a moment to reflect on the ideals on which the country was founded. It seems an appropriate time for everyone to recommit to the pledge and to fulfilling its promise of liberty and justice for all.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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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