A meme on social media shares the picture of a goat – or is it a bird? Depending upon which area of the picture you focus on, you’ll see two totally different creatures. Most can eventually see both, but one or the other will pop into view instantly.

Hold it as a possibility that, like with this meme, two different things can be true simultaneously. You can be happy to be working from home and missing your colleagues. You can enjoy being around your kids and wishing they were back in school full-time. You can believe that Project A is important and Project B, even though there are only funds for one.

Learn to embrace the duality even though you may vehemently embrace one side. Even if all you see is the goat, the bird is still there.

Posted on Facebook by Shannon Murphy-Burt > Beyond the Far Side, July 2020

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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