Writer Anne Lamott was asked by someone if they could use one of Anne’s lessons in a blog they were writing. I love Anne’s generous response: “Yes, help yourself – everyone, to anything I’ve written.” I feel the same way (with attribution, of course!)

Not sharing your writing is akin to those who hoard their recipes without divulging the “secret ingredient”, or presenters who won’t make their PowerPoints accessible to others or people who hesitate in revealing where they purchased that fabulous outfit/accessory/décor. Why wouldn’t you share?

There is essentially nothing new in this world. Anything creative is a different twist on something that already existed, so even if the inquirer uses Anne’s lessons, it will be in a new context that will enrich Anne’s thoughts, not diminish them.

I am reminded of the adage from John Wesley: “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. To all the people you can. As long as you ever can.”

And a great way to do that is to be generous in sharing your “stuff” in whatever form that may be.

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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