I was mulling over my schedule. It was 6am and I’d already jumped in the car for the first meeting of the day, a rendezvous with business colleagues and guests.
There are times when I do wonder of my intentions. ‘What’s it about?’ I ask myself.
It can be tough working from home …
I’ve been working ‘for myself’ for the best part of a decade and still the imaginary violin comes out to play whenever I’m begrudging the fact I don’t anymore have the opportunity of a smile with office peers, banter with opinionated colleagues and the routines that, as part of my lost ‘corporate world’ would see us driven by familiar, similar targets or goals.
‘I’m too old for this.’ Came the reply to my original question to self.
‘I should have stayed in bed.’ I uttered.
As if by autopilot I’d negotiated my way to the venue. The imaginary violin had now retired and I followed the scent of coffee to discover a very lovely Boston bun … set aside, especially for me.
Soon enough we’ve a lively room full of familiar faces. Some jostling for preferred position, exchanging stories, others supporting through offers of help, opinion, direction and discussion. All driven by the desire to help others.
‘Kinda glad I arrived early.’
This is of course why I’m here, to be in the room and discover how I can help develop trust.
I’m driven to witness the young and the not so young confirm that ‘what it is all about’ is the people. The network peer group, our resource centre. Where anyone in business with a notion of developing the market is able to connect, pick the brains of learned colleagues and chew the fat. Or in my case, the cake.
Developing a trusted network of colleagues is a fantastic resource for any growing business, any level business.
‘I reached for the hand of an approaching familiar face:
Welcome to the board. Your very own board of Directors.’ I suggested.
‘Put the cake down first Charlie.’ Retorted my colleague.
That could cost you my dry cleaning!’