Let me try to cross-link two different ideas: Network connections and the Connection based economy. Here goes.
You are the center of your network of friends, co-workers, ex-coworkers, friends from days gone by, and family. There are some intersections between all groups, but for this discussion, you are the only common link. That makes YOUR network special in very particular ways: NO ONE ELSE has ALL the links you do. You have the potential to help ALL those people. Notice I didn’t say you have the potential to ask for help from all those people. If you include everyone that you can, by keeping your relationships warm, by staying in touch with them, when you need help those people will be thrilled to OFFER help. It’s a lot harder to go from a cold (almost non-existent) relationship and make it hot.
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The connection based economy is an idea posed by Seth Godin in “Seth Godin’s Startup School”
The basic premise is that the economy we all grew up in has changed from the industrial model, to a connection based model.
The evidence that the industrial model is going away is pretty obvious to me. The major computer manufacturers are in a race to the bottom, lowering prices to undercut their competition. Manufacturing jobs are all heading overseas, or across the border. What is important now is the connections that we make and have made. I know a girl that knows a guy that needs blank. This is the model and it’s becoming increasingly important.
How much better off would we all have been if we had been even a little better at keeping in touch with kids we had known at school? Or co-workers that know our skill sets? Or family that loves us?
The old saying “It’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know.” isn’t entirely true. It’s WHAT you know AND who you know. It’s results AND relationships.
What do you think? Let me know.
Charles McCrumb, Office Automation Expert
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