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.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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