There are now masks that come in styles to fit all personalities, but what we really need are masks with one of those “HELLO, My Name Is…” icons on the front. I had a hard enough time identifying people before COVID, and now that I only see half their face I am doubly challenged.

And I am not the only one. While in the store, a young girl came up to me and excitedly greeted me with “Hello Mrs. McDonnell!!” I had to deflate her when I pulled down the mask while assuring her she is not the only one who is currently confused.

As schools begin, new hires are acclimated into the office environment and in any other circle where deep familiarity is not present, do what you can to help others match names with faces (in other words, with eyes!) and make it easier to remember who is hiding behind that shield. We must remain physically distant but using someone’s name helps with the connection for which we all long and need.

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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