So, today we may or may not wake up to a presidential decision but whatever and whenever the outcome, the country has some healing to do. This image of the tattered flag seems representative of where we are — with lots of repairs needed to the fabric of our nation.

I won’t hide that I am passionate about who leads us in this next phase – not just the president but all the way “down the ballot” as they say — but regardless of who is ultimately declared the winner, we all need to own up to the role we can individually play in moving forward.

As the candidates have been telling us for months, we’re at an inflection point in our country. Let’s commit to civility and conversation instead of taunts and threats. Let’s work to bring back an element of bipartisanship. Let’s return the focus to the common good instead of “our” good.

I just spent the last two days helping to count 30,000+ absentee ballots. A person with a “red” nametag was paired with a “blue” nametag at each table to do the work. While we were obviously rooting for different outcomes, the work was collegial and the chatting cordial. Let’s start there.

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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