At a garage sale, I stumbled upon a desk and cabinet from a 1950s doctor’s office. I had zero need for either of these furniture pieces, but as you can guess, they both are now mine. I wasn’t looking for them but in as vivid of language as furniture can muster, they told me to take them home.

My sisters rearranged my living room to incorporate the pieces and I “gathered a few things” to put in the drawers. It turns out that I not only have an attraction to current office supplies but I have amassed quite a collection of vintage ones as well, including the perfect typewriter to grace the desk. My new possession has become a mini-museum and allowed me to showcase treasures that had been stored in the back of my closet. I now look at it and smile every day.

I encourage you to find a way to bring your latent collection out of the corners and into a place where at least a portion of it is visible. Display a piece or two somewhere so you can actually see the things that bring you joy. If it’s worth keeping, it’s worth showing.

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. Hi beth, we share another typewriter. I have an old black Molle typewriter sitting on a trunk in my office. If I remember correctly we also had the same typewriter as a child. I love your new purchases, I also have an addiction to desks! I always need places to store all of my office supplies and my many notebooks!


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