I’ve written several dots about how subtle differences in language matter and here’s another one for you to consider.

Comedian James Corden wrote in Time: “I actually think calling it social distancing is a mistake – that term couldn’t be more wrong. We’re physically distancing. Socially, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so connected to my friends and family. I’ve been calling people I haven’t spoken to in years just because they pop into my head and I think, ‘I’m going to check in and see how they’re doing.’”

I’ve had a similar sentiment to Corden’s although my preferred method of checking in is via mail. But I’ve also had Zoom calls, cards from others, calls and treasures in the mail – all in the name of staying connected in these times of stay-at-home.

Reframe your language and your mindset toward physical distancing and take advantage of a Sunday to connect with someone who has been on your mind.


Source: The Show Must Go On by James Corden, Time, April 27-May 4, 2020, p. 87

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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