If someone told you that they were going to spend some of your money without your input, you’d likely be mad.

If policies were made that negatively impacted issues you care about you may take to the streets in protest.

If you heard that decisions were going to be made that affected you but nobody asked your opinion, I’m guessing that you wouldn’t be happy about that either.

The thing is that spending, decisions and policies are all happening – and if you don’t cast your vote you are throwing your voice away on all of it. Social media memes don’t count. Marching doesn’t count. Yelling at your neighbor doesn’t count. The only way to truly have your voice count is by voting. The lines today will likely be long but stand in them anyway.

Absentee ballots waiting to be counted

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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