Thanks to the magic of streaming, I’m in the middle of watching all of the old ER episodes on television. One of the series’ lead characters, Dr. Mark Green (Anthony Edwards) is dying of cancer and ponders what to tell his daughter before he passes. The advice he gave: “Be generous. Be generous with your time, be generous with your love, be generous with your life.”

It is good advice for everyone, not just from fathers on their deathbed.

Generosity can take many forms, most of which involve time instead of money. I work to be generous with materials that I have developed and know many colleagues who do the same. I have benefited from the advice others have given regarding adjusting to a new city, developing a new course or navigating technology. People have been generous in sharing their insights to help me craft many dots and even leadership dots as a company. I have shared training techniques, mentored staff and tried to be generous with lessons I have learned along the way.

One of the best ways to cultivate your own gratefulness is through generosity to others. Today, pledge to do a little more giving than taking.


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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