In a sign of the times, Fisher-Price toys is now selling a “My Home Office” kit, complete with a cellphone, laptop and even a to-go coffee. It is marketed to the pre-Kindergarten set, as those older probably have a real computer that they use.

It may be a simple thing, but for the young ones, it fills a need to be like Mom or Dad in a way that they are most used to seeing them these days. I’d guess it will be a big seller this holiday season.

Working from home, masks, social distancing and hand washing is becoming part of how we live. What can your organization do to acknowledge that? Fisher-Price created a home office for kids; could you create a toy version of your offerings? Can you provide activities for young ones or teachers that complement your other organizational services? Is there a way for you to make your services “to-go”?

We’ve all experienced the downside of the pandemic. Reframe your thinking to find ways to take advantage of the new opportunities it offers.

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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