Warren Buffet, the University of Nebraska’s most famous alum, was asked during the university’s virtual commencement about the advice he would give this year’s graduating class. He related his comments to the question people are frequently asked: “If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?” and said that his advice would be “to read – then you can have a long lunch with anyone, living or dead.”

Buffet claims that he was called “a book with legs” as a child and has continued his love affair with reading throughout his whole life. It seems to have served him well!

Reading is a special art that requires you to slow down and focus on that task alone – which is probably why so many people are turning to podcasts, audiobooks, or other forms of absorption that allow the content to be part of the background instead of center stage. But in that delicious week between Christmas and the New Year when things have a more relaxed pace, make a date with yourself to have “lunch” with someone through reading a good book and continue a monthly lunch as a habit in the new year. You can start by having lunch with Warren!


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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