How is it going, self?
A FEW years ago there was a lot of commentary about the concept of six degrees of separation. As the story went there are only six people between us and Kevin Bacon. In other words, your expanded relationships, network or connections supposedly can be connected to Kevin.
Much of my work takes me into organisations where I provide services as an executive and performance coach or facilitator. My good fortune is that it takes me into incredibly diverse arenas and introduces me to people from every walk of life doing their best to deliver a plan, goal or strategy in the best way they know how for the area and the people for which they are responsible.
Believe me, I am continually surprised how someone like me - who has taken an incredibly doglegged path through a range of careers and doesn't know much really - gets to engage with and is welcomed into these businesses and by these great people.
What it comes down to is that everything that has happened seems to boil down to one simple thing: care in relationships, whether that is the relationships that we have directly or whether that is in the relationships that we assist others to develop with themselves or others in their personal or professional lives.
Think about that for a moment. We are all connected in some way and at some point there is the possibility of those connections coming together. For us that has meant that rather than the bulk of our engagements coming from responses to scopes of work or that we have tendered for opportunities, people have advocated for us to be engaged or recommended to their friends that they come and have a conversation with us.
That's the power of relationships.
What about for you? What are you doing to realise the power in your own relationships? Who do you advocate for and who advocates for you? Make no bones about it, nothing happens without a relationship of some sort. What can you do to change, reinforce, develop or enhance your relationships?
And before you answer those questions, answer this one first. The most important relationship you'll ever have is with yourself. How's that going and how much care are you giving that one?
So back to Kevin. I am still working out which six relationships get me to him so if you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows Kevin, let me know.