Yesterday was a beautiful day and I wanted to enjoy the outside. The concert in the park was canceled. My favorite out-of-town store was closed on Sunday during the pandemic so I couldn’t take a leisurely drive there. The new restaurant I want to try wasn’t open. The ferry ride required reservations. It became comical that my whole series of initial thoughts were unavailable to me. I went from Plan A to Plan H before I settled on a picnic dinner.

I was reminded of other efforts that some of my clients undertake as they seek to make changes in their organization. They pursue one path and if that doesn’t work then they move on to another and then another. I think some of them are on Plan Q, not just Plan H. The important thing is that they keep going.

It’s easy to become stymied when the optimal path is blocked, but make your persistence into a game. As you continue to pursue other options, you’ll come to appreciate that you succeeded on Plan H instead of Plan Q and keep any future thwarting in perspective.


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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