As the calendar turns to December, many people attend to their Christmas shopping in earnest. In addition to all the toys and tech for loved ones, it is also important to remember those less fortunate during this holiday season.

Many communities and organizations sponsor “Angel Trees” where each ornament indicates the desired item for a needy family or child. A local property manager has taken a different spin on this by erecting a holiday tree filled with ornaments that specify the needs of nonprofit organizations.

It was humbling to see the mundane nature of their requests — copy paper, napkins, garbage bags, toilet paper, rubber gloves, glue gun strips, paper towels, stamps, dish soap, wash clothes and creamer – yet we all know from personal experience how the stuff-of-life items can add up quickly.

I hope you will add a family or nonprofit to your holiday shopping list this season. Your giving doesn’t have to be lofty to make a difference, it just has to occur.

(Local readers: the tree is in the Roshek Building lobby)

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

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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