One of the joys of childhood was having my parents read a bedtime story but with today’s harried pace that seems to be a luxury that not all parents can afford. A publisher has capitalized on this and offers 3-minute and 5-minute stories, presumably to satisfy the child’s desire to be read to without the time pressure of reading an entire book.

Does it really take that long to read the entire Cat in the Hat or to page through the delightful illustrations of Richard Scarry? There is something rich and memorable about the children’s literature classics that undoubtedly are lost in the condensed, ordinary stories featured in the short versions.

Instilling a love of reading opens up entire worlds for children. Don’t skimp on the extra few minutes it will take to introduce rich characters and gorgeous illustrations. Children’s books are one place where it warrants going for quality and leaving the generic behind.

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.


  1. One of my greatest joys during the day is reading to my three year old son. I then encourage him to read to me the same book. It is awesome to see how much he retains and the words he recognizes. There is always time to read.


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