Bob arrived, pulled up a chair and reclined with a cup of what appeared to be hot chocolate …
‘So, what do you say, Bob? I asked.’
“Getting good players is easy. Getting those good players to play together is the hard part.”
It’s so true don’t you think? A quote by Casey Stengel, I thought this was ‘right up our street.’ Just about sums up the development of our referral network, don’t you think?
‘A good one Bob, yes, I like this one as well, collaboration is a huge part of the business. Especially so for the small business.
OK, I get that, what do you say though, when you meet someone who doubts the value of collaboration?
‘It depends on circumstances Bob, we’re all different, aren’t we? Some don’t value it. Others may be wary of the thought of relinquishing the reins of business, perhaps it’s uncomfortable for them. Some of us fear ‘control’ may be lost when meeting new people, developing those new relationships and trust.
Being aware that we are working for ourselves is great for the soul. No matter whether you’re employed, or whether you have your own business Bob. I remember that as soon as I understood the value, of sharing views and opinions outside of the workplace, the sooner I learn to embrace the opportunity and many benefits good relations bring through my network, the human collateral. We’re never truly ‘going it along.’
Sharing the wear?
‘Sharing the chocolate perhaps? Yes, that’s about it, although in my case? More like taking my head out of the sand.
So networking is not about money?
‘Bob, the value of collaboration goes beyond ‘making money’… through collaboration we learn to think differently, we’re inspired while educating and sharing strengths. Networking is the opportunity to develop strong connections with ready-made marketing expertise, finance wizards, creatives and much more. All developed through networking. We’re richer before we know it.
So, engaging others makes you more profitable?
‘We’re immediately better off when we meet someone new Bob. By making the human connection, by offering help and support when required – and not simply at a professional level … networking is hugely educational and can help solve many doubts and dilemmas, even before they materialise.
Henry Ford said it best.
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success.”
My quote is better though Charlie.
‘Better together, Bob.’