I use my bread exclusively for sandwiches and suspect that many others do the same, but the bread that I buy has an uneven number of slices in the package. Consequently, as I come to the end, I find myself with a stray piece of bread.

I wonder if the baker ever considered that there could be a mismatch between what they offer and how the consumers use it. Not just for this package of bread, but in many other cases. Manufacturers add features that people don’t use. Clothes come with an assortment of pockets that remain empty. Software programs have tools that most don’t even know about.

You may think your idea is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but before you add the equivalent of an extra slice spend some time with your audience to see if they even want it.


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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