Networking for Better Thinking and Productivity
When was the last time you found yourself in a room full of strangers? In a room full of people who do a range of different things, and you felt yourself challenged? You felt yourself engaged and curious and completely engrossed in a whole bucket-load of ideas? And that the permission to just chat and question and explore was on the table without any judgement, without any concern?
Every quarter, I step out and spend a few days with a tribe of people who are absolute experts in their field. Leadership experts, wellness, health, finance, you name it, Leadership experts, wellness, health, finance, you name it, the full gambit of different experiences. There’s a movie producer [director] in the group. There’s video, videographer experts, podcasting experts, like, you name it, there’s an absolute mishmash of everyone in this room, about 150 people.
For a few days, what we do is we dive deep into what’s going on for us. The beauty of it is that we rise above our own mess. We rise above the confusion, or the stickiness that we might have, and what I find that does help clear the path for me to be even more productive.
While it’s unique for me because I run my own practice, I love the concept of this for managers and leaders and even employers.
You can often attend your own industry events, which is great, and that’s absolutely essential because you can stay up-to-date with the trends within your own industry, but here’s the challenge for you:
💡 Where can you go?
💡 Where can you put yourself in a room full of strangers, maybe not entirely strangers, but in a room full of people who bring diverse, and maybe sometimes a little bit challenging, experiences for you so that your thinking gets expanded?
💡 Where can your experiences be expanded?
💡 Where can your options and ideas be respectfully challenged and therefore have the opportunity to be even better at what you do? To deliver a better service? Create a more dynamic product? To disrupt your industry, maybe!
When you are pushed a little bit out of your comfort zone, it opens the door for you to think a little bit more clearly around your productivity and the work you do, and the way you do it, and how you help your teams also do their work and be more productive and successful.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this…
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