Hope is a beautiful thing – except when it crosses over into an unrealistic expectation. Such is the case at Home Depot that hopes to sell its evergreen inventory for “up to 50% off” – the day after Christmas. I am not sure who they think will make such a purchase.

The delusional pricing is an example of not being attuned to reality – either to the buying patterns of your audience or even to the calendar. While the greenery may last for several more weeks and still both look and smell wonderful, it no longer has the value that it did a mere 24 hours before.

As the new year approaches, people are filled with anticipation about what could lie ahead. Anchor those expectations in reality to keep your hope evergreen.

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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