130 25 Legendary Leadership Activities
Activity 19 (concluded)
Y However, the solution to this puzzle requires you to draw lines outside
the parameter of these nine dots.
Y The instructions to this puzzle do not say that you have to stay within
these boundaries.
Y It is often the restrictions of our own conventional thinking and approach
to solving problems that is the most limiting factor.
Y This puzzle teaches us that solutions to problems and challenges are often
found not by doing things the way we have always done them but rather
by “thinking outside the box” or, in this case, drawing outside the box.
Y Distribute or display Handout 19.2.
Y Demonstrate how these nine dots can be connected without lifting your
pencil off the paper if you think outside the box.
Debrief
Explain that leadership in many ways is really about connecting the dots correctly
in your organization. Every problem the organization faces is a puzzle of one kind
or another that needs to be solved. And unlike the dot puzzle, there are often
many different possible solutions to the problems that organizations typically
face. These solutions may sometimes be simple or obvious. Trying to find complex
answers to relatively simple problems may only make the situation worse. Sim-
plicity is usually the best approach and answer to these types of problems. How-
ever, often things are much more complicated, and simple solutions may not be
readily apparent or even possible. The problems that leaders face can be of sig-
nificant or enormous proportions at times. Sometimes thinking creatively when it
comes to solutions makes even the most complex problems more solvable. Lead-
ers often need to be thinking outside the box, searching for solutions in more
unconventional ways and places than perhaps ever contemplated in the organiza-
tion before.
Reproduced from 25 Legendary Leadership Activities,
Copyright © 2008, HRD Press, Inc., Amherst, MA, 01002, 1-800-822-2801
Handout 19.1
The Dot Puzzle
Instructions
Connect the dots below without ever lifting your pencil or pen off the paper or draw-
ing over a line you have already drawn.
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O
O
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O
O
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Reproduced from 25 Legendary Leadership Activities,
Copyright © 2008, HRD Press, Inc., Amherst, MA, 01002, 1-800-822-2801
Handout 19.2
The Dot Puzzle: Solution
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5. Finish
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