I wrote yesterday’s dot in about 10 minutes – largely because I sat down right after receiving the compliment and letting the words flow from my head to the page. Most days, it takes me more than 10 minutes to come up with the topic.

It’s not for lack of inputs. I have a basket that holds my “clippings” of articles that struck me as possible dot topics. I also have two notebooks, an email folder, a documents folder, a photos folder and various other lists of ideas. But, just as with my closet that is simultaneously full yet devoid of anything to wear, most nights none of the thoughts resonate. Some are so old as to render them useless (e.g. no more dots about the Iowa Caucuses) and others are so cryptic that I no longer remember what I meant. The dots sat idle too long before they were connected.

The lesson I take from all this is that timeliness deserves more credit than we (I?) give it. Pitching a solution soon after the problem arises is more likely to be received with favor than if it comes months after the fact. Sending a note of thanks is appreciated in short order, rather than weeks later. Apologizing right after a blunder has more impact than a delayed response. And putting pen to paper/fingers to keyboard to expound on an idea soon after you have it gives it a much higher chance of being useful in the future.

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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