Today, January 9, 2014, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper delivered his annual State of the State address to the Colorado Legislature and the people of Colorado.One of the statements the Governor made that really jumped out at me was this:
“Colorado is at her best when we are connected to one another, working together.”
Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat or even a resident of the beautiful state of Colorado, it doesn’t matter when it comes to acknowledging the wisdom of this statement. Collaboration and connecting yield exponential results time and time again. I assume most of you would agree with that. However, the truth is that since we all have different backgrounds and behavioral styles, collaborating and connecting come naturally to some people; to others, not so much. So while we might think that networking and collaborating are great ideas, we often don’t really know how to make them happen.
To help you deepen and strengthen your own connections, collaborations and networking in this New Year:
▪ Take the time to build relationships with your colleagues and those outside of your circles. While most people think of networking as something one does outside of one’s organization, internal networking and collaboration are just as important.
▪ Ask questions, show interest, truly listen.
▪ Bring humor to your relationships. It’s been shown that when someone makes us laugh, we feel more endeared to him or her, which deepens the relationship.
▪ Share things about yourself: what you know, whom you know, what makes you tick and flourish.
▪ Find ways to be of service to those in your world. The more time you take to build relationships and connect with people, the more you will know what needs they have that you can impact positively. Make an introduction for them, share a resource.
Governor Hickenlooper was right on target. Since we don’t exist or work in a vacuum, the more we can make masterful connections, the better. His ultimate goal is “to keep us (in the state of Colorado) united. Sounds good to me!
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