In most cases, using a truck to deliver goods is efficient but there are times when we need to stop and reassess that go-to method of transport. Such was the case on a 90-degree day when a truck loaded with bags of ice was waiting outside a store while the passenger ran in to do an errand. This ice was covered in nothing but a strap and I can’t believe that it remained tight for very long under those weather conditions.

Trucks are very handy, but if we always rely on using them, we may find ourselves in situations like this where they make no sense.

What is the equivalent of a truck in your organization – something that you default to no matter the logic or rationale behind it? Maybe you always use a particular vendor instead of doing occasional bids. Perhaps you give the prime assignments to one person instead of mentoring someone else. Or it could be that you automatically turn to one technology instead of implementing something more effective.

The next time you are tempted to do something on auto-pilot pause to consider whether it is the best response. Don’t let your rote method of execution cause your end results to melt away.

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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