This year is the 200th anniversary of Silent Night, believed to be the most famous Christmas carol in the world. What started off as a poem (written by Joseph Mohr) was set to music by Franz Xaver Gruber in Salzburg, Austria. The simple song has since been translated into over 300 languages and dialects.

Musician Amy Grant adapted the message of the carol in her I Need a Silent Night: “I need a silent night. A holy night. To hear an angel voice through the chaos and noise. I need a midnight clear. A little peace right here. To end this crazy day with a silent night.”

I hope you are able to partake in all the tradition of the holiday to have a crazy and festive day AND a silent night.

Merry Christmas!

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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