Sometimes I am discouraged by all the things I have to do that are never really finished.

  • As soon as I write this blog, tomorrow’s deadline will loom large.
  • Immediately after teaching a class, the next lesson beckons.
  • Before the clean floor dries, the dogs will want to go out and leave their mark on the tiles.
  • Once I finish dishes, I’ll dirty a cup for hot cocoa to enjoy while I read.
  • You file the expense report and go about business, thus generating more expenses to record.

There is so much of our daily work – at home and in our organizations – that is repetitious and as part of a continual cycle. Just as in the summer we plan on cutting the grass each weekend (and lately it seems to plan to shovel snow every day!), so must we allocate in our mental constructs as well as our literal calendar the time to do that which must be done over and over.

As the adage goes, “You have to milk the cows every day.” While that is true, don’t get so consumed by the milking that you fail to enjoy the splendor of the farm that surrounds them.


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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