Some people are in the metaphorical closet about their sexuality, and some people are fully out — like this trucker who proclaimed his orientation in vivid color.

More than the driver himself, I think about Hirschbach, the company he drives for, and the culture they are creating by allowing drivers such artistic license on their vehicles. It speaks to the psychological safety that exists where people can express their true selves and not hide their identity as in the “don’t ask, don’t tell” cultures that exist in other organizations. I wonder about the back story that approved this paint job and how broadly the freedom of expression extends.

It’s one thing to say that you value diversity or don’t discriminate based on sexual orientation, and it’s another thing to proclaim it in larger-than-life color. Whether you allow such a public display of expression or not, your values should always be as clear as this trucker makes his.

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.


  1. One thing is for certain. This trucker will always be able to find his/her truck in a parking lot filled with trucks. Great photos. Wonderful message.

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