I believe that current events are as vital to learning as classic theories. So, the book I chose for my class was one of the top business books of 2018 – chosen because of that reason. I believe that students should be reading best sellers and timely articles. Every marketing professor should have the new Nike ad on their syllabus this semester and ethics classes should be talking about the release of confidential documents.

Educator Parker Palmer said that learning occurs “at the intersection of the big picture and the small story.” I think timely stories make the lessons more relevant, and I hope at least one student opts to continue reading contemporary business materials after realizing their value through my class.

Think of ways you can connect the big picture with small stories in your world. Do you discuss the newspaper or your news feed with family members or colleagues – even if it sparks disagreement? Have you taken a moment to reflect on the impact of something you read and how it relates to others besides yourself? Can you find ways to infuse current events into your presentations or meetings (perhaps through nuggets)?

It is much easier to proceed as if events were occurring on a linear path but taking a moment to critically assess the current events may be of benefit to your thinking and actions.

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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